JOHN OLSEN, DDS, MAGD, DICOI
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By Franklin Denta
May 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you worried that your smile will be changed forever due to missing teeth? If so, don't worry—dental implants, offered by your Franklin, dental implantWI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental, can fill the gaps in your smile!

 

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are the only restoration method that can replace an entire missing tooth from the root to the crown. Filling the vacant space in your jawbone that previously held a tooth, dental implants come to effectively serve as synthetic roots for a soon-to-be-attached tooth replacement. They are made of titanium, a lightweight, biocompatible metal that naturally bonds to bone. Termed osseointegration, this bonding is a crucial part of the implant process, for it ensures that your artificial roots are just as strong as their natural counterparts.

The first step in the implanting process itself, in which the titanium grounding post is placed into your jawbone. When bonding is complete a few months later, your Franklin dentist will make an impression of your mouth and add a connector called an abutment to the top of the implant.

Once a dental lab has received the impression and created your new crown, it will be connected to the dental implant. With your new crown in place, your smile will once again be complete!

 

Are dental implants a good choice for me?

Dental implants are usually an excellent option if you're in good health, don't have gum disease or other oral health issues, and regularly practice good oral hygiene. They may not be recommended if you smoke, have a condition that affects your immune system, or take medication that suppresses the immune system.

Implants offer several benefits that make them a good choice. In many cases, dental implants never need to be replaced, which can save you money when you compare the lifetime cost of implants to other restoration methods. Dental implants also feel like natural teeth. You can even bite into hard or tough foods with ease because the implants are securely attached to your jawbone!

The implants also help protect your jawbone. Jawbone resorption, or shrinking, can occur after tooth loss. The problem happens when the bone no longer receives constant stimulation from your tooth roots. Dental implants take over for your roots and help keep your jawbone strong.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

Restore your smile with dental implants! call your Franklin, WI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental, at (414) 425-7050 to schedule an appointment.

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Dental implant technology has advanced at such an astounding rate in recent years that you can now walk into a dentist's office with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new one. Unfortunately, not all dental situations allow for this possibility.

For example, you might be considering an implant many years after losing a tooth. But there's a potential problem: there might not be enough supporting bone. While an implant might still be possible, inadequate bone complicates the matter.

Because implants are essentially tooth root replacements, they require a certain amount of bone for stability and the best attractive outcome. As a general rule, implants need to be surrounded by  at least 1.5-2.0 millimeters of healthy bone to support an implant. But you might not have enough if your tooth has been missing for awhile, regardless if you have or haven't worn dentures or other restorations.

That's because bone has a life cycle in which older cells die and newer ones form to take their place. As we chew or bite, the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone to stimulate this new growth. Without a tooth the bone doesn't receive this stimulus, which can slow the growth rate. Over time the affected bone can lose its volume and density.

If we find you've experienced loss to the point your bone won't support an implant, that doesn't automatically mean this popular restoration is out of the picture. But it will require us first performing a procedure known as augmentation or bone grafting to help rejuvenate some of the lost bone.

With grafting, we place processed bone grafting material in the jaw through a minor surgical procedure to form a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. After several months this can result in several millimeters of new growth maintaining the width of the underlying bone, which in turn may be able to support an implant.

Bone grafting is quite common, often performed at the same time as tooth extraction if there's going to be a time lag before installing an implant. Even if performed later, though, it can successfully rejuvenate lost bone and make it possible for you to take advantage of durable, life-like implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants after Previous Tooth Loss.”

AvoidImplantFailurebyWatchingOutforTheseMouthProblems

There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.

Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.

But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.

A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.

If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.

Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”

Dental ImplantDental implants are the longest-lasting tooth restoration method available today. Although most people can benefit from implants, there are a few requirements you'll need to meet before you can schedule your procedure. Your Franklin, WI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental, can help you determine if dental implants are a good option for you. Read below to learn some facts before your consultation.

Do you have an oral health problem?

Although your implant becomes securely attached to your jawbone in a matter of months, your gums also play a role in the health of your implant. If they're diseased, they won't be able to adequately support the implant and the dental crown attached to it. After gum disease treatment, you'll be able to proceed with the implant procedure.

Bone depth is another potential barrier. If your jawbone isn't deep enough, it won't be able to support your implant. Luckily, the problem can often be corrected by adding bone grafts to your jawbone. The grafts build up the bone, making it possible to replace your tooth with a dental implant. Bone grafts generally add a few months to the implant timeline.

Is dental hygiene important to you?

Good oral hygiene is just as crucial whether you're caring for artificial or natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing remove bacteria-laden plaque from your crown. If plaque builds up around the bottom of your crown, you may develop an infection that can threaten your implant.

Do you visit the dentist every six months?

During checkups, your Franklin dentist evaluates the health of your implant. Although most people don't have any problems with their restored teeth, visiting the dentist regularly ensures that any issues that do occur are treated promptly.

Are you ready to restore your missing teeth with dental implants? Call Your Franklin, WI, dentist, Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050 to schedule your appointment.

By Franklin Dental
October 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
NoNeedtoFretOverImplantSurgery

Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.

Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.

On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.

The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.

Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.

Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”



Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)

     

He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.

 

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