Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Common Questions
WHAT IS A PROSTHODONTIST?
A prosthodontist is a specialist with advanced training in replacing and restoring teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes prosthodontics as one of only nine specialties in the field of dentistry. After graduating dental school, prosthodontists complete three years of additional study in an ADA-accredited program. They are experts in rehabilitating smiles through comprehensive esthetic and restorative therapies, including dentures, partials, bridges, crowns, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and more.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implants are a safe alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Dr. Franzen will secure the implant and then attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. He can also use implants to anchor a partial or full denture. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST LONGER THAN TRADITIONAL BRIDGES?
Yes! Traditional bridges usually last about 10 years. After this time, the abutment teeth can begin to decay and may require root canal therapy. According to the ADA, patients with fixed bridges lose up to 10% of their remaining teeth. Because dental implants replace the tooth root as well as the tooth, they do not rely on surrounding teeth for support. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants last most people a lifetime. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants in our patient library.
WHAT ARE ATLANTIS CUSTOM ABUTMENTS?
Atlantis abutments are replacement-tooth anchors that are custom designed to be fitted with dental implants. Dr. Franzen will secure the abutment to the dental implant post and then attach a custom crown. Each abutment is designed using the Atlantis Virtual Abutment Technology to ensure optimal function and esthetics. Atlantis custom abutments reduce the amount of time you spend in our big chair and provide the most natural looking results possible.
CROWNS, VENEERS, INLAYS, ONLAYS, PARTIALS, BRIDGES . . . WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THESE PROCEDURES?
You can review our cosmetic and restorative services pages for more information. If you have questions about these or other dental procedures, don't hesitate to call us. We would be happy to explain any aspect of your dental care or our service offerings.
MY SMILE IS MISSING TEETH. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR REPLACING THEM?
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Learn more about these services on our services pages and then call us for a consultation. With X-rays, intraoral photos, and a thorough assessment of your dentition, Dr. Franzen can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PROSTHODONTIST AND A COSMETIC DENTIST?
A prosthodontist is someone who has completed four years of dental school and then has entered into a minimum of two to three years of advanced training in an accredited school with the specific focus on crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. This advanced degree emphasizes comprehensive treatment planning, occlusion, and interaction with other recognized specialties of dentistry. While cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty, there are many highly skilled dentists who perform cosmetic procedures with wonderful results. A prosthodontist will provide these same results with the benefits of years of additional study and training.
WHAT MAKES YOUR OFFICE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OFFICES?
In March of 2009, Dr. Franzen was recognized as one of Milwaukee's top dentists. This prestigious designation is the result of a survey of Milwaukee-area dental professionals. Click here to read the full article.
WHAT NEW TECHNOLOGIES DO YOU USE IN YOUR OFFICE?
We use digital X-rays and digital Panorex for accurate diagnostics and treatment planning. Our soft-tissue laser allows us to gently and efficiently perform crown lengthening and cosmetic gum re-contouring. Dr. Franzen also utilizes Astra Tech computer-guided software and custom abutments for predictable, natural-looking implant placement and restoration. Learn more about these services on our technology page.
DO YOU ACCEPT REFERRALS?
Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and co-workers that we give you every time you visit. The greatest compliment we can receive is the confidence with which you entrust us to treat someone about whom you care deeply.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Visit our map on the contact us page, or call for directions.
DO YOU ACCEPT MY INSURANCE PLAN?
In order to provide more comprehensive care, we do not allow insurance companies to dictate treatment. We will file your claim for direct reimbursement, follow up with your policy provider, and handle all other insurance requests. If you have any questions about dental insurance, please call our office. We’re happy to help our patients understand their options when it comes to insurance and dental care.
CAN I FINANCE MY DENTAL WORK?
Dr. Franzen has partnered with CareCredit, a trusted name in third-party financing, in order to make dentistry more affordable. CareCredit offers revolving credit, low monthly payments, and no interest for up to 6 months for patients who qualify. Visit the CareCredit website to fill out an online application. Our practice is pleased to offer Springstone Patient FinancingSM. A variety of flexible plans provides low monthly payments with no money down and no payment for 3-7 weeks. You can calculate monthly payment options or you can place an application. For more information on this attractive option, just ask our team or visit lendingclub.com.