Chicago Dental Implants
One of the best substitutes for your natural tooth is a dental implant. An implant is a small titanium screw that takes the place of your tooth root. Your prosthetic tooth will be placed on top, a beautiful porcelain crown. A dental implant functions just like your natural tooth. Once the procedure is complete, no one will be able to tell the difference between the implant and a natural tooth.
Procedure for Dental Implants
A dental implant is placed in two stages. First, the root form will be surgically placed into your jawbone. After it is placed, time will be given for the bone to grow around the root. This osseointegration is a crucial part of the procedure. Once that healing process is completed, it is time for the second part of the procedure.
When you return, the crown will be placed on the titanium root. Once the crown is placed, it will match your remaining teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
There are advantages to getting dental implants instead of (or to hold in place) dentures. First, you can do anything with dental implants that you would with your natural teeth, including eating. There are no dietary restrictions, and you don't have to worry about food getting under it like you do with removable dentures. You also care for them as you would your own teeth: just brush and floss as you would normally.
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is the prevention of facial collapse. Once your teeth are removed, your body begins absorbing the minerals from your jawbone. In ten to twenty years the jawbone will be almost completely disintegrated, which will mash your face together a little. Not only does this make you look years older than you are, but you can become a dental cripple, making it almost impossible to wear a denture. This not only negatively affects your quality of life, but your health as well.
Dental implants prevent facial collapse. The titanium roots are placed into your jawbone, which signals to your bone that a tooth is there. As a result, your body will not release the minerals from your jawbone, leaving your facial structure intact.
To see if you're a candidate for dental implants, you may request an appointment with our office.