Dr. Todd Johnson of Johnson Dental places dental implants for patients missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause problems with chewing and speaking, and over time other teeth in the area will shift so it's best to have them replaced. Implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth because they are strong and match your smile. Keep reading about the benefits of dental implants and come see us in Onalaska, WI, if you are missing teeth.
The ceramic crowns used with dental implants are custom-made to blend in perfectly with your smile. You may wear a temporary tooth cap during the initial healing period after the surgery. This won't match your smile perfectly but is only temporary until your beautiful new custom crown is ready.
Your new crown will be beautiful, but that's not what gives the implant its strength. During minor surgery, the screw-like titanium post is implanted in your jaw bone, and you heal for a period of several weeks. At this time a process called osseointegration takes place, and your jaw bone actually fuses to the implant. The crown will sit on top of the implant like a cap to replace the tooth. After you are healed, you have a final appointment at our Onalaska, WI, practice and your permanent crown is placed.
To take great care of your dental implants, you need to keep up a great oral hygiene routine at home and schedule regular dental visits. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Schedule teeth cleaning appointments twice a year so you have cleanings and exams regularly. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect the new crown from damage. With proper care, your new crown can last 10 to 15 years.
At Johnson Dental, we love to see smiles transformed by dental implants. If you have missing teeth, Dr. Todd Johnson can help restore your smile with a dental implant. Contact us for an appointment in Onalaska, WI, at (608) 788-3852.