Perhaps you’ve suffered tooth loss due to gum disease, excessive decay, or years of ice hockey or bare-knuckle boxing. Whether by accident or decay, there is a treatment that can provide the look and feel of actual teeth and take years off your smile. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest would like you to know all about dental implants and how they can be your fountain of youth.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a titanium fixture that acts as a “root” that a periodontist places in the jawbone. A replacement tooth crown is then attached to the titanium root. Human bone will naturally grow toward the titanium and attach to it. The best candidates for dental implants are patients who have healthy and adequate jawbones in which to secure the implants. The ideal candidate would also have gums free of periodontal disease.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits to dental implants. Here are some of the ways they can help you look and feel younger:
- Implants look like your own teeth. With dental implants, people might never know you’re missing natural teeth. The replacement tooth functions and feels like a natural tooth.
- Dental implants don’t rely on adjacent teeth for support, as with a bridge or partial denture. There’s no need to reduce tooth structure for crowns or secure metal to neighboring teeth, which can eventually lead to the loosening and weakening of those teeth.
- Implanted fixtures imitate the stimulation a natural tooth root creates in the gum ridge and jawbone. This can keep the jawbone tissue from shrinking and leaving a defect in your facial appearance.
Schedule a Consultation
It is just as important to take care of your dental implants as it is your natural teeth. Daily oral hygiene, including twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing, as well as regular cleanings and checkups, are essential to the health of all your teeth. Contact our Lake Forest dentist office, by calling (847) 234-0517. Dr. Fondriest offers a host of services, including no-prep veneers, gum lifts, and porcelain crowns. We serve the Chicago, Illinois area, including the North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Northfield, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Deerfield, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Gurnee, Grayslake, and Barrington.