Practicing good oral hygiene, which includes everything from eating a healthy diet, flossing every day, going to the dentist twice a year, and not smoking are the best ways to prevent gum disease and protect yourself from tooth loss, even in old age. But even with the best efforts, it is still possible to do everything right and still lose teeth, either through trauma or periodontitis. While nothing can take the place of a natural tooth, dental implants are the closest dental restoration to the real thing. Dr. Paul Culver, your dentist in Brookfield, WI, offers implants for healthy adults suffering from varying degrees of tooth loss.
Dental Implants in Brookfield, WI
Traditional restorations like crowns and dentures take care of the aesthetics and function of your teeth by replacing the crown so that you can smile, eat, and speak comfortably. An implant goes the extra mile and replaces the root of the missing tooth, which also plays a critical role in our oral and general health, even though they are not visible when we smile. When a tooth falls out, the bone tissue in the gums that surrounded and supported the tooth begins to erode, increasing the risk of everything from gum shrinkage (which in turn affects how well dentures fit), periodontal disease, further tooth loss, and even risks to your general health. Implants help to prevent bone loss and secure the crown in place, just like with a natural tooth.
How Do Implants Work?
The implant is a small biocompatible titanium screw surgically implanted in place of the missing tooth. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone and helps to spur the growth of healthy new tissue. Once it has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration. With proper oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate. They can replace a single tooth, or support a set of dentures with just a few implants. In order to qualify, you must be in good general health and have enough bone density in the gums to support an implant.
Find a Dentist in Brookfield, WI
Ready to learn more about dental implants? To find out if you are a candidate, contact our office by calling (262) 782-1655 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Culver today.