Do you have one or more missing teeth? If so, you understand that missing teeth compromise your health and your appearance. Replacing your lost teeth is vital to protecting your smile and facial structure. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, our team offers patients access to the latest and most natural looing tooth replacement option: dental implants. Find out if you qualify for this state-of-the-art route to a whole smile.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Questions: What are dental implants?
Answer: Implants are a dental prosthesis that actually replaces every part of a lost tooth. This prevents the loss of jawbone density that often accompanies tooth loss and ensures a long lasting and durable replacement tooth.
Questions: Who qualifies for dental implants?
Answer: The patient must have an adequate amount of jawbone tissue in order to support the implant post. If not, then a bone grafting procedure may be necessary before moving forward with placing the implant. We also suggest patients have gums free of periodontal disease. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can lead to implant failure.
Questions: How long do they last?
Answer: On average, a dental implant can last as long as 25 years. In some cases, they have been known to last even longer.
Questions: How do I care for my new replacement teeth?
Answer: Just as you would your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and attending routine checkups and cleanings can help ensure your new prosthesis lasts for many years to come.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable 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. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, 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.