Even the loss of one tooth can present a multitude of challenges, both restorative and cosmetic. Advanced age is a leading risk factor for tooth loss. Over years and decades, our jawbone density naturally lowers. The chances of gum disease or dental decay compromising the viability of a tooth also increase with age. Ignoring missing teeth can lead to consequences for your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. Dr. James Fondriest and the rest of our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts provide durable and aesthetically-pleasing tooth loss solutions to patients in the form of dental implants. The titanium posts replace lost tooth roots and offer superior stability if you require an implant-supported bridge, implant-retained denture, or dental crown.
Dr. Fondriest is a nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist. He serves clients from throughout the United States Our practice mostly serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs, but we often get patients from all over the United States.
Why do Adults Lose Teeth?
There are many reasons an adult may lose a tooth. Dental trauma, such as sports injuries or car accidents, can lead to the loss of one or more teeth. Other times, your tooth may require extraction in order to reduce crowding or prevent the spread of a severe tooth infection. The most common cause of adult tooth loss is periodontal disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Gum infections are usually the result of poor oral hygiene, though sometimes hormonal fluctuations and genetics are the culprits. Patients with gum disease often exhibit red, swollen, or sore gums that bleed easily. Without expedient treatment, gum disease may lead to loose teeth that require extraction. This is because gum disease leads to gum tissue recession that exposes tooth root surfaces.
Losing a tooth means that your surrounding teeth may drift toward the empty socket. The more teeth you lose, the bigger the space, and the more room for shifting. Eventually, you are likely to develop severe misalignment which increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ issues. Missing teeth also cause the body to stop supplying surrounding jawbone tissue with vitamins and nutrients. Natural tooth roots stimulate jawbone growth every time we chew. The loss of even one tooth can lead to jawbone atrophy.
Deprived of these nutrients, your jawbone will deteriorate. Loss of bone density leads to more tooth loss and a sunken appearance of the facial structure. This feature can leave individuals looking older than their actual age. Fortunately, dental implants are accepted by the body as natural teeth, so the flow of nutrients to your jawbone will resume. Dental implants stimulate jawbone growth and prevent jawbone recession. With implant dentistry, your smile and your youthful features are preserved for years to come.
What is the Best Way to Replace Teeth?
Dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone. The first step toward candidacy involves a comprehensive consultation and examination with Dr. Fondriest. Our team will make sure your jawbone tissue can support the dental implant posts. Dental implants require that candidates have adequate jawbone density. If you are found to lack sufficient jawbone mass, sinus life surgery or bone graft can allow you to regain candidacy for dental implants. Candidates should also be free of medical conditions that could complicate oral surgery and recovery.
Impressions and measurements of your mouth will ensure that your implants fit perfectly. After your implants are permanently placed, your jawbone tissues bond with the posts in a process clinically termed osseointegration. Porcelain crowns are placed on individual implants, or a set of full or partial dentures can replace entire arches of missing teeth. These false teeth are fixed and sturdy and should be treated like natural teeth.
Dental Implants vs Traditional Prosthetics
Patients who use removable dentures understand what wobbly or loose dentures can do. When dentures slip, it can be embarrassing. Dental implants offer superior stability because the dental crown or false teeth are anchored directly to the jawbone. Many of our patients report that their implant-retained crowns, bridges, or dentures feel like natural teeth. If you have put off eating your favorite foods because you fear that your denture or bridge will shift or wobble, we welcome you to ask Dr. Fondriest about the advantages of implant-retained restorations.
Special Care for Implants
Fortunately, dental implants are maintainable just as if they were natural teeth. Patients are advised to floss daily and brush teeth twice each day. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but they are still susceptible to failure if patients use tobacco products, experience jawbone loss, or if an infection occurs.
Infection can still occur below your implants even if cavities are no longer a possibility. The best way to guard against infection is to maintain twice-a-year cleanings and checkups. Meticulously cared for dental implant-retained dentures will last for many years and possibly even the rest of your life. If you do have issues or concerns with your new smile, however, do not hesitate to call Dr. Fondriest. The sooner the issue is addressed, the less invasive and costly the solution will likely be.
Visit Your Lake Forest Dentist
With time, skill, and dedication to excellence, properly placed dental implants have a 98 percent success rate in the lower jaw and 96 percent in the upper jaw. For people missing one or more teeth, dental implants provide crucial tooth replacement. To learn more about our implant procedures, talk to your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist today. Dr. James Fondriest will restore your smile with the latest in quality implant dentistry.
To schedule an appointment, call our 60045 dentist office at (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our dental website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we provide our patients with general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from all of the surrounding cities of Chicago. Our practice mostly serves the Chicago metropolitan area including the North Shore and Northwest suburbs, but we often get patients from all over the United States.