Surgical Procedures

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. If you think you would like to discuss getting dental implants in the Green Bay WI area, please feel free to contact us at (920) 494-4940 to setup a consultation.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Dr. Laughlin has received extensive training in Implantology. Through continuing education, Dr. Laughlin stays abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions
about Dental Implants

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Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During your consultation visit, Dr. Laughlin will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves only one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first two to four months or so following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. At the same time, your family dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and appearance.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Then your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life or any discomfort. The final new tooth or teeth is placed by your dentist about two weeks after he takes an impression.