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Frequently Asked Questions

Our patients ask us interesting questions every day, so we thought it would be helpful to answer some of the most common ones right here on our website! If you happen to have a question that we haven’t covered here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask!

What Is A Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dental 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, and full dentures. They look, feel, and function just 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 typically lose up to 10% of their remaining teeth. Because dental implants replace the tooth root as well as the crown, they do not rely on the surrounding teeth for support. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants last most people a lifetime.

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 a dental implant post and then attach a custom crown. Each abutment is designed using Atlantis Virtual Abutment Technology to ensure optimal function and esthetics. Atlantis custom abutments reduce the amount of time you spend in our 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 services.

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. 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 Is 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 a specific focus on crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. This advanced degree emphasizes comprehensive treatment planning, occlusion, and the interaction with other recognized specialties within 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 like Dr. Franzen can provide these same results with the benefits of years of additional study and training.

What Makes Your Office Different from Other Offices?

Dr. Franzen was recognized as one of Milwaukee Magazine Top Dentists in 2003, 2009 & 2016. This prestigious designation is the result of a survey of Milwaukee-area dental professionals.

Click here to read the 2009 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 lifts. Dr. Franzen also utilizes Astra Tech computer-guided software and custom abutments to provide predictable and natural-looking implant placement and restoration. You can 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 and 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 you deeply care about.

Where Are You Located?

You can view an interactive map on the contact us page or call us for directions.

Do You Accept Dental Insurance?

We do, but in order to provide more comprehensive care, we do not allow insurance plans 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 their 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 also pleased to offer Lending Club FinancingSM. A variety of flexible plans provide low monthly payments with no money down and no payment for 3-7 weeks and no interest for up to 6 months for patients who qualify. For more information on this attractive option, just ask our team or visit lendingclub.com.