Are you missing a tooth? A lost tooth not only makes patients feel self-conscious about their appearance, but can also endanger their dental health. Many people avoid or delay necessary dental care to replace a tooth, unaware of the damage a missing tooth causes their smile. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of replacing teeth and how a dental implant can provide natural looking and durable smile restoration.
Don’t Delay Treatment!
When a person loses a tooth, the body stops supplying the bone around the tooth with calcium and phosphorus. Starved of these essential nutrients, the jawbone may begin to lose bone density. Loss of bone structure affects the stability of surrounding teeth and alters your facial structure, affecting your appearance.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth anchored into the socket of the missing tooth. The body responds to the implant as if it is a natural tooth. This resumes the flow of vital nutrients and prevents the loss of jawbone density. Implants provide an esthetically pleasing method of securing dentures, bridges, and replacing one or more missing teeth.
The Implant Process
Receiving a dental implant begins with a thorough oral examination from Dr. Fondriest. If a patient doesn’t have the necessary amount of jawbone density to support the implants, Dr. Fondriest may recommend a bone graft. Otherwise, Dr. Fondriest will work alongside a local specialist to place a titanium post into the socket of the missing tooth. Once placed, Dr. Fondriest will wait for the area to heal and the bone to bond with the implant. This process is known as ossteointegration, and helps ensure the stability of the replacement tooth. When the healing period is over, the patient will return to Lake Forest Dental Arts. Dr. Fondriest will add an abutment to the post and finally attach the custom-made crown. Just like that, your tooth will be returned to full function and appearance.
Schedule a Visit with Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist
Interested in replacing a missing tooth with our secure, 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 the North Shore suburbs of Chicago.