Dental Implants – Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replacing naturalteeth.Lots of people have dentures and partials to conventionally replace missing teeth, however unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with ill fitting dentures, slipping or sliding, and implants don’t require a specialized daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing.
Unlike bridges where you have to cut natural teeth surrounding the missing space, dental implants do not require any grinding to your existing, healthy teeth. With latest technology, dental implants can be placed safely and predictably to replace natural teeth.
Dental Implants – Round Lake Family Dentistry
Do I really Need Dental Implants?
For most people, missing teeth is more of a cosmetic problem. This is a significant concern as missing teeth carries with it burden of feeling embarrassed, having low self-esteem and people with missing teeth may find themselves unfairly judged in many social settings.
Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond this mere cosmetic issue. Untreated and left alone, missing teeth put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and even further tooth loss, shifting of your surrounding teeth, periodontal (gum disease) issues.
Even more concerning, one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaw as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged.
Dental implants will stop this process in its tracks, something that even dentures and partials cannot do.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.
When you visit our office to discuss dental implants, we will ask you a number of questions about your health history. These questions are important to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don’t worry – even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you. We just need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to build up your jaw bone.
The titanium posts for your implants will then be placed. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. The fit and appearance will be checked, and your implant will be complete.
As always, call your Round Lake Beach Dentists @ (847) 740-0217 with any questions or to schedule your FREE Consultation!
- Dental Implants are a long term, permanent solution to replace missing teeth , broken teeth, chipped and mal-aligned & crooked teeth
- Full Smile Makeover (also known as: Full Mouth Reconstruction) is the systematic approach to restoring all of your teeth at the same time.There are different reasons for addressing the comprehensive mouth in your treatment options. Some examples are:
- Teeth that are severely worn down from grinding / clenching / bruxism
- Multiple missing teeth due to prior tooth decay or fracture
- A deep bite (the top teeth bite too far down over the bottom teeth). Reduced Lower facial height compromises esthetics and requires building back to normal proportions
- Patients who want instant orthodontics (using porcelain veneers, bridges, or other restorations on all of the teeth to ideally reshape and reposition the teeth)
- Severe decay in all or most of the teeth compromising outcomes with simple fillings or direct bondings
- Severe erosion of the enamel from excessive soda or coffee consumption
- Congenital disorders that cause missing teeth, missing enamel, or poorly-formed teeth
- Traumatic injury to the mouth/teeth