Adult Tooth Replacement

Dental Implants Are Successful for Patients of All Ages

Restoring Smiles in Teens and Young Adults

Regardless of whether the tooth or teeth are lost due to injury, decay, or some kind of developmental abnormality, most dentists and periodontists will advise against replacing a teenager’s missing tooth with a dental implant.

Although implants have an extremely high success rate and are now considered the preferred tooth replacement solution for adults, it’s too risky to perform the procedure on teenagers since there’s no dependable biologic marker to establish when they have finished growing.

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Dental Implants in Madison, WI

Dental Implants Provide Answers for Missing Adult Teeth

As children, our “baby teeth” fall out and adult teeth grow in. However, in some circumstances, those adult teeth may also come loose, be knocked out, or need to be removed because of decay or disease. In these cases, the individual is left with open spaces, which can affect his or her self-esteem as well as oral health.

Implants are a great way to provide tooth replacement. Dr. Angela Cotey regularly treats patients who are past their teen years (dental implant surgery is not recommended for teens who have lost adult teeth) and who have lost an adult tooth but want the benefits that come with natural looking permanent tooth replacement.


Choose Dr. Cotey for Advanced Tooth Replacement

From your first visit, Dr. Cotey will offer an individualized solution, usually dental implants, to the issue of your missing teeth. Having tooth implants in place will enable you to eat whatever you want, speak more clearly, avoid future bone loss, and share a winning smile!


How Dental Implants Are Placed in the Mouth

Dental implants are put into place during a series of office visits over several months. During the first surgery, a post is implanted into the missing tooth’s socket. For three to six months, this post is left untouched so the site can heal and the implant can become fused with the bone. (If there is not enough jaw bone in place to secure a post, a bone graft procedure may be necessary prior to the post placement.)

The next step in dental implant surgery is to uncover the post, attach a connector piece known as the abutment, and secure the implant crown. This tooth will be created to look exactly like the rest of the teeth in the mouth in color, shape, and size. Once it is permanently attached to the post, it will have a completely natural look and function.

Dental implants are the preferred choice for replacing missing adult teeth near Madison, WI. Start on your journey to a more confident smile by calling Dr. Cotey’s office today.



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