If you have South Chicago tooth loss, there are several good reasons why dental implants might be the right option for you. First and foremost, you want to fill the empty space where you used to have a tooth. It can make you feel self-conscious about talking, laughing, or smiling when you know that the world can see that you have a missing tooth. Second, the rest of your teeth on that jaw can shift, leading to discomfort or a misaligned bite (occlusion). And third, if the tooth in question is in the back of your mouth, you could find it difficult to chew your food properly, resulting in poor digestion and the complications that accompany it. Our cosmetic dentist can give you back your full set of teeth, with a replacement that looks, feels, and acts just like one of your natural teeth.
Compared to more traditional options like a fixed bridge or partial dentures, dental implants have some distinct advantages going for them. Unlike a fixed bridge, your other teeth are not affected. A bridge requires that the tooth on either side has to be drilled down and caps put on them to hold the needed anchor in place. And partial dentures require adhesive to hold them in at the gum line. This can be both messy and not completely reliable. A dental implant needs no adhesive. And it stays in place, securely, without any help. It’s the best choice you can make for correcting South Chicago tooth loss.
The process of getting a dental implant has two parts. First, a cylindrical titanium post is placed surgically in your jaw. This replaces the root of your tooth, something that surface solutions such as bridges and dentures do not provide. Over several months, your jaw bone grows around the post, fusing with it to create a stable bond. The second part is putting a tooth-colored crown on top of the post and cementing it for a permanent fit. You will have a full smile again, and a long term answer for South Chicago tooth loss. With proper care, there is no reason that your dental implant cannot last for life.