EDUCATION: Dr. Mike takes pride in being able to provide dental implant treatments for his patients. He has taken hundreds of hours of courses and training in order to provide dental implants in the safest and most efficient manner possible. His extensive training with implants allows him to place the dental implants in his office and/or restore them, as well. This allows the procedure to be completed in the least amount of time and also reduces expenses for his patients.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Dr. Mike has invested in the most cutting-edge technology to make placing implants easier. Damrow Dental is one of only a handful of dental offices located in the Fox Cities area that has a Cone Beam 3-D Radiographic X-ray Machine. Essentially, this technology allows for dental implant surgery to be fully pre-planned and provides for very precise placement. This is extremely important due to the many vital anatomical structures located in the jaw.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made of a titanium alloy similar to materials used in prosthetic knees and other prosthetic joints. Implants look like very small “pins,” and they are positioned in the jaw by a surgical procedure to replace the root of a missing tooth. Once the implant surgical site has fully healed (typically, about 3-6 months), a crown is then placed over the top of the dental implant and is “cemented” to replace the missing tooth.
What are the benefits of replacing missing teeth with a dental implant?
Dental implants can make a huge impact in improving the appearance of your smile. Dental implants are the most realistic and, typically, the longest-lasting way to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. They function very similarly to natural teeth in that they are anchored solidly and do not move. Chewing function with dental implants is regained to normal abilities. Therefore, with dental implants, patients can eat and chew foods confidently!
Is it true that I can have dental implants even though I have dentures?
Yes, dental implants provide many options for people with full or partial dentures. Most often, dental implants can be placed and can then be attached to a denture. Attaching a denture to dental implants makes dentures much more stable and allows one to eat and speak easier. Sometimes, placing dental implants allows people to get rid of their dentures entirely. Every case is different, and Dr. Mike will discuss the various options with each patient individually.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
Since dental surgery is performed when placing dental implants, patients are fully numbed during the procedure. There may be some minimal discomfort after surgery, and the majority of patients take over-the-counter pain medications, if needed.