One of the toughest aspects of dealing with adult tooth loss, besides the potential embarrassment, is relearning how to chew and speak naturally when a tooth is missing. After restorative treatment, it can take even longer to get back to life as usual, and many patients continue to struggle learning to chew with their replacement teeth. Dental implants, however, so closely replicate natural teeth, that they help to restore smiles in every sense. If you’ve lost a tooth, you should consider dental implants, and learn how they can enable you to chew comfortably and smile proudly once again.
What Sets Dental Implants Apart?
You may have already begun investigating your restorative treatment options after tooth loss or in light of a scheduled extraction. There are a number of potential treatments, including partial dentures and dental bridges. Dental implants are unique, though, in how closely they replicate your actual tooth, from its appearance to its function.
- Dental implants are generally considered the most stable of restorations, helping patients regain confidence in their ability to chew and speak the way they did prior to tooth loss.
- Dental implants are made of three important parts. A porcelain crown is used to restore the smile cosmetically, and to help take the place of your missing tooth. A titanium post is used to replicate your natural tooth’s root, helping to anchor the crown in place and also to stimulate your jaw’s health. Lastly, an abutment, or intermediate connector, is used to connect the post and the crown.
- Dental implants are not the fastest form of restorative treatment. That is because it takes time for your jaw to heal after the post is initially placed. “Osseointegration” is the scientific term used to describe the way your gum and bone grow around the fixture; this process generally takes a few months. Once completed, however, it helps to create an incredibly secure base for the implant.
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Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517.