Replace Missing Teeth with Safe, Painless, Permanent Dental Implants
Whether you need to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, Ross Dental can help you fill in the gaps with permanent dental implants. Missing teeth can cause patients to become self-conscious about their smile. Speech can also be affected, causing embarrassment or difficulty communicating. Missing teeth aren't just a social complication, they're a danger to your health. Tooth implants are a safe, long-term and natural-looking way to protect your health against the problems caused by missing teeth.
Your natural teeth are priceless. Our dental implants are affordable.
Ross Dental provides affordable dental implants to improve the quality of life for patients throughout Waukesha County and the Milwaukee metro area! Learn more about dental implants below or contact Ross Dental today for a consultation.
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Missing teeth can cause serious health problems. Tooth implants look and function just like natural teeth. Dental implant surgery has a track record of long-term, reliably positive outcomes.
Tooth implants prevent bone loss. The roots of your teeth stimulate the jaw bone. When one or more teeth are missing, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. Jawbone loss makes talking and chewing even more difficult. Dental implants can stop the deterioration and stabilize bone levels.
Tooth implants help your remaining teeth stay healthy. All the teeth in your mouth need one another to maintain correct positioning. A missing tooth causes its neighbors to drift toward the empty space, resulting in misalignment of your bite. Teeth in the lower jaw depend on the upper teeth for proper placement. A missing tooth can cause an opposing tooth to become loose.
Tooth implants let you eat, drink and speak naturally. Missing teeth limit what you can chew and eat, and your whole health suffers. Dental implants are the next best thing to your own natural healthy teeth.
Dental implants also help you maintain the natural shape of your face and smile, preventing the sunken-in look common when multiple teeth are missing.
Got missing teeth? Stop missing out! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ross to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants look just like your natural teeth and are extremely durable.
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium surgically implanted into your jawbone. The titanium post fuses with the bone and provides a strong and stable foundation. Your dentist then places a crown onto the implant.
Quality tooth implants at Ross Dental will match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth. Dental implants can also support a bridge or denture with multiple teeth.
Dental implants are the next best thing after natural teeth. You'll be able to eat, drink and talk normally, and you'll never want to hide your smile in a photo again!
If you have questions about what implant dentistry can do for you, contact Dr. Ross today!
All-on-4 dental implants is a cutting-edge tooth replacement technique combining tooth implants and dentures. If you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth you do not need a tooth implant for each and every one.
Four carefully placed implants (two in front, one on each side) secure a full arch of replacement teeth. This minimizes the cost, time and amount of surgery needed to restore your smile.
All-on-4 is sometimes referred to as implant supported dentures or implant supported bridges.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants work the same way as regular dental implants but are smaller. Mini tooth implants work well for small spaces and can support most types of crowns. They can also be used to stabilize dentures. Mini dental implants are often recommended when a temporary or fast solution is called for.
The mini dental implant procedure is less invasive and generally heal more quickly. Individuals with significant bone loss who don’t qualify for standard implants may be able to get mini dental implants.
Because mini tooth implants are not as well supported by the jawbone, they are not as secure and durable as regular implants. Bruxism (tooth grinding) can damage mini implants more easily.Back to Top
Nonsmoking adults with healthy gums make great candidates for tooth implants.
People who are good candidates for dental implants are:
Generally Healthy. Patients who are ideal for new dental implants have healthy gums and enough bone density to properly hold the implant. You must also be able to take care of your dental implants, practice good oral hygiene, and have regular dental checkups.
People with uncontrolled diabetes or any autoimmune disorder are not recommended to get dental implants, as these conditions impair your healing ability. If you have gum disease, it must be treated before a dental implant procedure is possible.
Non-Smokers. Smoking has a negative effect on your body’s ability to heal and on your immune system, so smokers must be able to stop smoking during the dental implant process. Smoking increases your risk of infection and implant failure.
All Grown Up. Dental implant surgery can only be done on a fully developed jaw. There is no set minimum age for a dental implant patient, but generally no younger than seventeen. Every person is different. X-rays can determine if the level of bone development is enough to qualify.
Good news for older patients: there is no upper age limit to receive dental implants. Don’t limit your enjoyment of your golden with a partial smile or limited jaw and mouth function. Getting dental implants at an older age is very common, and can drastically improve your quality of life. Contact Dr. Ross for more information about seniors and dental implants!
Ross Dental is committed to making dental implants painless and affordable.
The average cost of dental implants in Wisconsin can range from $1,500 to $3,000, depending on your unique circumstances and the dental office you visit. Dental implants are more than just a product, the implant procedure is a service performed by a qualified dentist.
The cost of dental implants is different for each person and varies based on the number of appointments, procedures and the type of implant. Dr. Ross can give you a personalized estimate for your dental implants after an initial examination and assessment. Ross Dental is proud to provide quality, affordable dental implants to patients from Milwaukee, Waukesha, New Berlin and surrounding areas.
Dental implants cost more than dentures or bridges. However, it’s important to recognize the long-term benefits of implants compared to dentures or other tooth replacement options. Dental implants are typically last much longer, so even if they cost more initially, they wind up saving money over time. Tooth implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth and can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
You can’t put a dollar value on a good first impression. Whether it’s a date, a job interview, or just feeling confident in your smile, the real question to ask is: How much is it costing you to not get dental implants?Back to Top
We'll explain every step of the implant procedure and answer all your questions.
Once you’ve made the decision to get dental implants, here is a general idea of what you can expect from the procedure. For more detailed information, please visit our dental implant procedure page.
Consultation and Planning Dr. Ross will examine the area where a tooth or teeth are missing, including taking X-rays. He’ll evaluate the overall condition of your mouth and plan the surgery. This is the best time for you to ask questions and address any concerns. We’ll take the time to explain the process so you feel comfortable with the plan, and excited for your new smile!
Preparation Dental implants need to be placed in a clean and healthy mouth. If you need any fillings, root canals, or extraction of a diseased tooth, it will need to happen and be fully healed before the implant surgery.
Placing the Implant A cut is made in the gum tissue and a small hole is drilled in the jawbone. The titanium implant is secured in the hole and the gum tissue put back in place. A healing cap allows your gum tissue to heal in the proper shape while the bone bonds to the implant. Every patient is unique: it could take a few weeks or a few months for your mouth to heal.
Placing the Crown The healing cap is replaced with an abutment, which is a small piece connecting the implant to the crown. Finally a crown, created to match your natural teeth, is placed on top.
Ross Dental is the best dental clinic for tooth implant surgery because our top priority is YOUR comfort! We offer sedation dentistry for a completely pain-free anxiety-free experience and provide Bose noise-canceling headphones for our patients to wear during any procedure.
Guided Dental Implant Surgery at Ross Dental
Computer guided tooth implant placement improves patient safety and and placement accuracy.
Computer guided tooth implant surgery starts with a CBCT scan (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) and a 3D optical scan capturing the critical anatomy of your mouth.
Sophisticated software is used to combine the scan results and create a highly accurate surgery plan using virtual placement of the final restoration.
Ross Dental will create a 3D printed surgical guide right in our office.
This guided implant placement takes human error out of the equation and leads to:
- Optimal tooth implant placement and function
- A safer, more accurate implant surgery
CBCT Dental Scan & Guided Implant Placement Cost
Many dentists charge hundreds of dollars extra for lab-printed dental surgical guides (also called surgical stents). At Ross Dental our tooth implant patients benefit from this cutting-edge technology at no extra cost.
For the highest value, safest implant procedure and most precise tooth implant placement, contact Ross Dental for a consultation.
After your dental implant surgery, be sure to follow all your dentist’s instructions for care. You'll also need to get regular dental checkups every six months to keep your implant in good condition.
During recovery, it is essential to practice good oral hygiene to keep the surgery area free from infection and promote healing. You may be prescribed a medicated mouthwash which you must use as directed.
You may experience side effects such as minor bleeding or bruising, or slight swelling of the face or gum tissue. Swelling will likely disappear within 3-5 days.
Pain is generally similar to after a tooth extraction and can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers or as directed by your doctor. Most patients report pain is almost completely gone within 7-10 days.
After your dental implant surgery you should avoid:
- Chewing on ice, hard candy, or other hard foods
- Hot temperature food or drinks (for the first day only)
- Touching the area with your finger, tongue, or toothbrush
We want your implant recovery to be as comfortable as possible. Please follow all the instructions given to you by your dental surgeon, and contact us with ANY questions or concerns!Back to Top
With tooth implants you can continue enjoying your favorite foods and protect your remaining natural teeth.
Modern dental implants have been in use for over 30 years, and have been proven as a safe and effective method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant surgery has an extremely high success rate, and if cared for properly dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants enhance self-esteem, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with ease. The durability of a well-placed dental implant provides you with the following benefits:
- Solid foundation for easier chewing
- Improved functionality, speech and appearance
- Improved long-term oral health
- Can last from 15 years to a lifetime
The main advantage of dental implants is their ability to replace missing teeth, without trimming the neighboring teeth. Bridges, which are an alternative to implants, require grinding and shaping of nearby teeth. Implants do not require further altering of other teeth.
Unlike other restorations, dental implants actually act as an artificial tooth root and protect the healthy bone in your jaw. Neighboring teeth will also be protected by the implant, because it keeps them from drifting (which happens if a tooth is missing).
Choosing an experienced dental implant specialist reduces your risk of complications.
A dental implant procedure is a surgery, and all surgeries come with risks. Risks include infection, injury, implant rejection or sinus problems, which should be taken into account in patients with weakened immune systems. Dr. Ross is an experienced dental implant dentist and wants you to be comfortable throughout the whole process.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can learn more about Dr. Ross’s reputation for exceptional dental care. Other minor disadvantages are how comfortable the procedure is and the time required. The degree of comfort is closely related to getting a tooth pulled. As for time, the dental implant procedure is longer than a regular checkup, but worth it in the end.
Most failed attempts at dental implants are the result of inexperienced dentistry. By choosing a qualified dentist like Dr. Ross, implant failure is incredibly rare.
The benefits of getting quality dental implants at Ross Dental include:
- Minimal gum or bone loss
- Excellent aesthetics
- Maximum longevity
- No need for special toothbrush
Ross Dental keeps tooth implants in good repair.
Existing Dental Implants Rejuvenated
Ross Dental offers restoration services for patients with existing implants which have become damaged or discolored. Dr. Ross can repair or replace a broken or loose implant, abutment, crown, or bridge so you can smile confidently and comfortably once again!
Don’t trust just any dentist with your dental implant procedure and restoration, choose Waukesha County's best-reviewed dentist. Dr. Ross holds a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and has many years of experience in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Contact Ross Dental for a consultation or learn how dental crowns can be restored in a single visit with our in-office digital scanning and milling technology.Back to Top
Dental Implant FAQs
Answers to Your Dental Implant Questions
Is it worth it to replace my missing tooth when it doesn’t bother me?
It’s best to consult a dentist on what unseen affects your missing teeth may be having on your mouth and jaw, whether or not it’s physically bothersome. When you are missing a tooth, the teeth around it bear additional stress from chewing. Some patients compensate for their missing tooth by chewing on the other side of their mouth. This can lead to TMJ disorder, causing your jaw bone and muscles to weaken.
The best way to keep the rest of your teeth strong, healthy, and intact is to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, please contact Dr. Ross to discuss your options. It’s better to replace missing teeth sooner rather than later.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Tooth implants keep your jaw bone from deteriorating.
You’ll need to check the coverage details of your specific dental plan to see if implants will be covered, but many insurance companies do not include dental implants as a covered benefit. Most dental insurance plans have an annual maximum of $1,000 to $1,500 per year and this amount is intended to cover basic care. If your plan does include dental implants, it’s still limited to the policy’s annual maximum.
Ross Dental can help you apply for CareCredit, which allows you to make affordable monthly payments for dental treatments. Bad credit? You still have options. Don’t let a lack of insurance coverage get between you and the dental implants you need to protect your health. Contact Ross Dental to learn more.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth. To create a dental implant, your dentist positions a titanium post into your jawbone. After the implant fixture placement, a replacement tooth or bridge is mounted onto the titanium posts.
What’s the first step of the dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure begins with a visit to the dentist. During the initial consultation, your dentist will review past dental records and examine the current condition of your jawbone and gums where you are missing teeth, to determine if dental implants is an applicable procedure for your unique case; x-rays may even be taken.
Are dental implants safe?
Like any surgical procedure, dental implants are not risk-free. There is a chance of infection at the implant site, and patients with tooth implants must keep up with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) and smoking can have negative effects on dental implants, so be sure to discuss your lifestyle and habits with your dentist prior to the procedure.
On the other hand, dental implants have many benefits, and doing NOTHING about a missing tooth is never the best option.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price of teeth implants can range from $1,500 to $3,000, depending on your unique circumstances and the dental office you visit. Dental implants are more than just a product, the implant procedure is a service performed by a qualified dentist.
Are dental implants permanent?
Yes, dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option anchored to the jawbone.
Who are dental implants for?
Dental implants are for anybody missing one or multiple teeth – however, there is a limited amount of time in which you can get an implant after a tooth is extracted. If you have lost any or all of your teeth from injury, defects, disease, or decay, you should consider dental implants to maintain the structure of your mouth and jaw. CONTACT ROSS DENTAL FOR MORE INFORMATION
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
Typically, the dental implant procedure takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the specifics of your case. It depends on how much planning is done before implant placement and the quality of remaining bone in which it is placed. All dental implants require you wait for the bone to fuse with the implant before a permanent tooth/crown can be placed.
No! During the procedure you will be under sedation, making your appointment completely pain free. The placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure and mild pain should be expected after the process is done.
When the numbness wears off you will feel some discomfort. Patients relate the aching pain to a root canal or a tooth getting pulled. Overall though, the benefits of dental implants are worth the slight discomfort following the procedure.
Are dental implants worth it?
Many patients feel dental implants are worth the investment because tooth implants improve your health and offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
What is stronger: a dental implant or your natural teeth?
Dental implants are as strong if not stronger than natural teeth. The implant is fused to the bone and doesn’t shift like natural teeth do. The crown on top of the implant can break and be easily replaced, but the implant stays bonded to your gums. For this reason, dental implants have been known to last a lifetime.
Does medical insurance cover the dental implant procedure?
It’s more likely to have dental implant covered by a medical plan then a dental insurance plan. It will still depend on the insurance plan and cause of tooth loss though. Losing your teeth due to injury is sometimes covered by medical insurance. Also, there is no Medicare benefit for dental implants. Reasonably, insurance coverage for dental implants is rare.
Can dental implants get cavities?
No, a tooth implant cannot get cavities because the titanium post and crown will not decay. It is however important to care for your gum tissue and keep a clean mouth.
Do dental implants stain?
Just like natural teeth, tooth implants can stain from coffee, tea, red wine and other food and drink. It is important to brush your teeth regularly or rinse with water after consuming things likely to stain your teeth.
Can dental implants break?
Yes, dental implants can break much like your natural teeth. Avoid chewing things like hard candy or ice to minimize the risk.
Implants can also be prone to breakage if your bite is not aligned correctly, which puts too much pressure on the crown or implant.