Do you have one or more missing teeth? Well, if you’re in search of a tooth loss solution, a dental implant might be the ideal answer for you. Our South Chicago permanent teeth have quite a few advantages over more traditional restorations, such as bridges and dentures. They look, feel, and function very much like a natural tooth does. You will be able to speak, chew, and laugh with complete confidence.
It’s important to know that bridges and dentures only replace the tooth on the surface. But you used to have a root beneath. Dental implants address both. You might be wondering why this is such a big deal. For one thing, it allows our South Chicago permanent teeth to remain unmovable, and without having to affect your nearby teeth or using any messy and unreliable adhesives. Another reason is that having a replacement root prevents gum and bone tissue from atrophying. And finally, your normal facial contours are preserved, which gives you a distinct cosmetic edge.
The first step of getting our South Chicago permanent teeth is to make sure that you’re a good candidate for them. You will need to have healthy gums and a jaw bone that is strong and thick enough to accept and hold the implant. This can be determined with a simple office visit. There are other considerations. For example, being a smoker or a diabetic could hinder your ability to qualify for a dental implant, but Dr. Weinfield will discuss this with you, as it varies based on your individual situation. Moving forward, a cylindrical titanium post (the root) is placed surgically in your jaw. Over the course of several months, your jaw bone will grow around it, fusing with it, and creating a very strong bond. A tooth-colored crown is then put on top and cemented to the post.
With proper care, there is every reason to expect that our South Chicago permanent teeth can last for a lifetime. If you need to replace all of the teeth on one jaw (especially the lower one), implant posts can be used as a foundation for dentures, giving you the best advantages of both options: you get a one piece restoration and the roots to hold it in place without the uncertainty and bother of adhesive.