So, you’ve lost a tooth. It’s not an ideal situation but instead of mourning for your missing tooth, you’ve done your research and decided that replacing it as soon as possible will preserve your oral health in the long run. You’ve read up on dental bridges but you have concerns that the enamel preparation involved may put your remaining teeth in jeopardy. You’ve also heard about dental implants, but the conflicting stories – some implants require months to place, some implants can be placed in a day – have left you feeling confused. Your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses the facts about dental implants and tells you why good dental implants are worth the wait.
The Basics of Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of two parts. First, the implant itself looks like a tiny screw and is constructed from sturdy, biocompatible titanium. After careful planning for angle and positioning, an oral surgeon inserts the implant into your jawbone. The bone tissue then heals around the implant, a process requiring anywhere from three to six months to complete. Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone, your dentist places the implant restoration, usually a porcelain crown, on top. Once in place, your new tooth looks and functions like your natural teeth.
The Dangers of Quick Implants
Thanks to new 3D imaging and same-day milling machines, some dentists have begun placing and restoring implants on the same day. It seems like a great idea: instead of having to wait for months to have a tooth replaced, you can get it in a day. Unfortunately, same-day implants pose some serious problems. While 3D imaging certainly allows for precise placing of the implants, same-day crowns cannot compare to carefully handcrafted porcelain crowns in either fit or appearance. Same-day crowns don’t rest naturally on the gum line and they create open spaces where bacteria-laden plaque can take hold, creating a dental health nightmare. Furthermore, machine-milled crowns simply do not look as naturally translucent and realistic as a crown made by an experienced ceramist.
The Hand-Crafted Restoration Advantage
Hand-made porcelain crowns are created by highly skilled, experienced craftsmen known as ceramists. Ceramists use a variety of ceramic materials to create these strong, exceptionally realistic dental implant restorations. Most crowns consist of a harder, more durable interior layer with a second, more esthetically pleasing layer on top. The materials used on the exterior layer are chosen for their outstanding light transmission which lends them a translucence that perfectly mimics natural tooth enamel. Ceramists then score, stain, glaze, and fire the crown to give it additional strength and realism.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule a consultation, contact us at (847) 234-0517. A 60045 cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest proudly offers cosmetic dentistry services to patients from Lake Forest and the North Shore suburbs near Chicago.