Do you have one or more missing teeth? Missing teeth can leave unsightly gaps in your smile and even endanger your overall dental health. Patients with missing teeth may also feel embarrassed and self-conscious. Fortunately, a breakthrough dental procedure exists for replacing teeth. Dental implants are strong and esthetically pleasing, helping your smile stay beautiful and secure. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses the many benefits of dental implants.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
When a patient loses a tooth, the body immediately responds by suspending the flow of crucial nutrients to the bone surrounding the tooth. Starved of essential doses of calcium and phosphorus, your jawbone can begin to lose bone density. Bone loss threatens the stability of your adjacent teeth. Bone loss also affect facial structure, leading to the development of jowls, a sunken appearance, or a ptotic chin. In addition, when a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth soon start drifting towards the empty socket. This causes a misaligned bite, which can make chewing and speaking difficult. Replacing a missing tooth is vital for protecting and preserving your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are anchored into the socket of a missing tooth. Made of biocompatible materials, the body accepts the implants as natural teeth, resuming the flow of vital nutrients and preventing further bone loss. Dental implants look and act just like natural teeth and can provide a lifetime of quality restoration.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
Dental bridges are often recommended to replace a missing tooth. A bridge is composed of a replacement tooth with crowns attached to each side. The crowns are placed on the teeth sitting on either side of the missing socket, securing the replacement tooth into place. Bridges require the loss of tooth structure in order to place the crowns. Since dental implants don’t need crowns to hold them into place, they preserve more of a patient’s healthy tooth structure.
For patients with major tooth loss, Dr. Fondriest may recommend implant-retained dentures. Dental implants have several advantages over traditional dentures. Removable dentures require the use of messy adhesives, and can even slip when the wearer is talking or chewing. Traditional dentures can also increase the loss of bone density. As the dentures batter the jaw during use, the rate of bone loss elevates substantially. Dental implant-retained dentures prevent bone loss and provide permanent dentures. Patients no longer need to fear the use of adhesives or endure any embarrassing slips.
Receiving Your Dental Implants
The first step in receiving dental implants involves a consultation with Dr. Fondriest. After a thorough oral examination, Dr. Fondriest will decide if dental implants provide the best method of addressing your dental needs. Often, loss of bone dentistry causes patients to lack the necessary bone tissue to support the implants. If that is the case, Dr. Fondriest may recommend a bone graft.
Next, Dr. Fondriest will work with local specialists to prepare the area and ensure your new implants work with your unique facial structure. A special titanium post is then anchored into the socket of the missing tooth. Once placed, Dr. Fondriest will wait three to six months for the area to heal and the bone tissue to bond with the post. This process is known as ossteointegration, and helps secure your new implant. When the healing period has ended, Dr. Fondriest will add an abutment to the post. On this abutment he will place your custom-made crown. The crown will be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile, and will be attached to the post using a powerful bonding agent. Once completed, you will leave Lake Forest Dental Arts with a beautiful, whole smile.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist
Are you currently missing one or more teeth? Interested in quality tooth replacement with our innovative dental implants? Talk to Dr. Fondriest today! We offer patients the latest in innovative restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. Call your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist at 847-234-0517. Our office welcomes patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago.