Who can get implants with Dr. Glaser?
Once your jaw has stopped growing, if you have enough bone, and if you are in good overall health you should be a qualified candidate for a dental implant.
What if I am not a current patient of Dr. Glaser?
If you are not yet a part of our patient family, and do not currently have a dental provider make an appointment for a complimentary consultation regarding your specific situation.
Once you and Dr. Glaser agree that an implant would be the best step for your oral health goals, he would welcome you into his patient family for not only the implant but its maintenance. Getting quality dental care means building great relationships and committing to moving forward as a team. If this is the type of philosophy of care you are looking for we are the team for you!
If you currently have a regular dentist and you are happy with the care you receive there, a discussion with her or him would would be a great place for you to start your implant journey.
Are dental implants expensive?
That depends on how you value the form, function, comfort and appearance of your smile. For most, the improved quality of life and comfort is priceless, others may feel they have different priorities and look for different ways to replace missing teeth. Dr. Glaser understands this is not a one size fits all world. He will always recommend the BEST treatment (WIDIOM) for his patients and he will openly discuss ALL of your options, the pro’s and con’s to each always keeping in mind your personal oral health goals.
Dental Implants are an investment. We will make sure you understand the procedures associated with your particular case. Each procedure has a cost incurred with it both monetarily and in terms of time spent at the office. Procedures could include: tooth extraction, bone grafting, periodontal surgery prior to implant placement, the implant itself, the abutment and the prothesis(final restoration / what you see). Dr. Glaser and his treatment coordinator will be happy to outline all costs and ways to finance your smile journey.
Are there any special aftercare measures required?
The same reasons that contributed to the original tooth loss (like gum disease and advanced decay) can easily lead to implant failure. You will need to be serious about your home care as well as seeing us for regular maintenance of your mouth. Regular cleanings and treatment of oral health issues (bruxisim, infection, decay) are crucial to implant longevity.
What materials do you use for dental implants?
In our office, we use titanium, Roxolid®, or zirconia implant posts and abutments from the innovator and leader in the the dental implant field, Straumann®.
The posts are a long-term proven standard, with exceptional strength for reduced invasiveness. In addition to Straumann’s ground-breaking implant surfaces, Straumann implants also offer a unique portfolio of different dental implant materials or metal-free esthetics to meet the patient’s specific needs and requirements.
Dr. Glaser prefers these implants because they attach to the bone more rapidly and promote rapid bonding as well. The exact size, shape and configuration of the titanium portions of the implant are custom-designed to work precisely for each implant that he places.
When Dr. Glaser designs a dental implant, he uses the best material for the individual specifications of the patient and I make sure that the material chosen is compatible with your personal body chemistry.
Dr. Glaser selects the base material for your implant based on a whole series of factors, including the type of tooth needed, the best match for your existing smile, and the durability of the material. He will always let you know what choices you have and let you decide what you want. After all, it’s your smile!
Our lab will custom-craft the implant to Dr. Tyler’s specification, and the master lab technician and Dr. Tyler will make any necessary adjustments to color, shape or size to make sure that every implant is just right before he places it permanently.
Is ceramic “better” than titanium?
Titanium is a biocompatible metal. This means it is non-toxic and well-tolerated by the body. Implants made from titanium bond very well to living bone and have been used for decades in the medical device industry. Because of these attributes, titanium dental implants can last for years. If you are looking for a metal-free alternative, there are options with ceramic implants. They are made from high-strength ceramic and designed to achieve maximum functional and esthetic demands. In cases of thin or recessed gums, the implant will not shimmer through, as it has the color of a natural tooth.
What if I need to have a tooth removed?
It happens all the time: a tooth is damaged in an accident, or cannot be salvaged from decay, and needs to be removed. You needn’t be fearful if this is the case. In our office, Dr. Glaser will safely and quickly remove your tooth, in a gentle procedure that will not damage your underlying bone.
In most cases we can extract a tooth and place an implant on the same day. In a very few cases Dr. Glaser may send you to a specialist to have your extraction.
As a side note, there are some dental implant centers and surgeons that advocate removing healthy teeth and putting in a denture supported by implants instead. Dr. Glaser does not recommend this and prefer to focus on saving as many healthy teeth as possible using combinations of dental implants, all-porcelain crowns and bridges to avoid the need for dentures and unnecessary extractions.
If you are considering dental implants, call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Glaser. Let Dr. Glaser examine your mouth, and determine if you are a candidate for implant surgery.
Call 715-359-4344 now to schedule your free consultation for DENTAL IMPLANTS – WAUSAU.