While some people blame the economic downturn and others blame the high sugar content in our diet, both sides agree that modern times aren’t great for American smiles. Indeed, approximately 178 million American adults are missing one or more teeth and the top three culprits are gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental loss during contact sports and car collisions. Whatever the cause, a person who has lost a permanent tooth should replace it as soon as possible or run the risk of suffering from continuing oral health problems such as an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay and TMJ disorder. While you have many tooth replacement options, dental implants offer several advantages over traditional options. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest restorative dentist, discusses the benefits of implant-secured dental bridges.
The Dental Implant Advantage
While traditional tooth replacements, such as bridges or dentures, rest on top of the gums, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw where they integrate with the surrounding tissue and become a part of the jawbone. This allows them to replace the total root-and-crown structure of a tooth. A skilled restorative dentist can top a dental implant with a variety of dental prosthetics, including crowns, bridges, and even full dentures. Dental implants offer several advantages over traditional dental prosthetics:
- Dental implants never slip, slide, loosen, fall off, or need readjustment.
- Dental implants are long-lasting and have an average 90% success rate.
- Because dental implants become an integrated part of the jaw, they help maintain healthy jawbone density.
Traditional Bridgework . . . with a Twist
Dentists prefer to place implant-secured bridgework when a patient has more than one tooth missing or if there is an issue preventing a single implant placement in a certain area (such as a lack of strong bone tissue or the presence of nerves or the sinuses). In this case, an oral surgeon will place implants on either side of the problematic area and these implants will support a crown between them in a fashion similar to traditional, crown-supported bridgework. Once the implant has healed, a highly realistic, durable bridge can be cemented or screwed into place.
Missing Teeth in Lake Forest
To schedule a consultation, contact us at (847) 234-0517. A cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest proudly offers restorative dentistry services to patients from Lake Forest and the North Shore suburbs near Chicago.