Dr. Roger Schmidt graduated from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry and since beginning his dental practice in Rockford, he has completed hundreds of hours of advanced dental training, with emphasis on cosmetic and full mouth dentistry. Some of the prestigious organizations Dr. Schmidt has studied with include “Mastering Form and Function and Anterior Aesthetics,” Rhy Spoor director, “Full Mouth Synergy,” “Ultimate Occlusion Program 1 and 2,” and “Occlusion Unlocked,” all with the Hornbrook Group.
His specialty has become aesthetic dentures. Implementing the “Massad Method,” Dr. Schmidt had a reputation for designing and creating well-fitting, natural looking dentures. The customization of the dentures he designs is in the details. He takes into consideration each patient’s facial proportions as well as hair and eye color.
Dr. Schmidt has been instrumental in keeping his office at the forefront of technology from digital radiographs, diode lasers, implants, and ozone therapy to safe mercury removal protocol. Dr. Schmidt is an active participant in whole body wellness through dentistry. He believes wellness and health can be achieved by anyone and it can start with dental health.
Dr. Schmidt is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Winnebago County Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
When not in the office Dr. Schmidt enjoys snow skiing, heli-skiing, hiking, and kayaking.
A Modern Solution to an Incomplete Smile
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The dental implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Roger Schmidt or Dr. Pamela Schmidt or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or dentures, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Roger Schmidt or Dr. Pamela Schmidt can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six-to-eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.