As children, losing a tooth is an exciting experience. We anxiously await the visit from the tooth fairy in hopes of a large sum of money being placed under our pillows. In a way, losing that first tooth in childhood is like a rite of passage. Sadly, tooth loss in adulthood rarely produces a euphoric anticipation of receiving money. Instead, adulthood tooth loss is damaging to our smiles, confidence, and self-esteem. Despite the sad reality of tooth loss, rest assured that Dr. James Fondriest can restore your smile with dental implants. Our staff has provided answers to common questions below.
What are Dental Implants Made Of?
Dental Implants consist of a titanium rod and a man made crown. The visible part of the implant will resemble your natural teeth and restore complete tooth function to the site of the missing tooth. We can even place multiple implants for patients with more than one missing tooth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are permanent. The titanium rod is implanted into your jawbone. Eventually, your bone with naturally fuse with the titanium rod so that your implants stay securely in place. With routine checkups and proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime!
How Do I Clean Dental Implants?
Dental implants should be treated just like real teeth. Since they are permanently fixed in your mouth, you do not remove them for cleaning as you would with dentures. Instead, you brush and floss implants with the rest of your teeth. Maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen is important for keeping your natural teeth and implants healthy.
If you have experienced tooth loss and would like to schedule a consultation with our compassionate staff at our Chicago dentist office, contact Lake Forest Dental Arts today at (847) 234-0517. Dr. Fondriest can answer any questions you have and assess which tooth replacement method is best for your individual needs.