Dental implants Arlington Heights IL
What are dental implants?
Losing even one permanent tooth can have a severe effect on your dental health. Even if you get traditional dentures to eat and speak normally again, your gums and jawbone will still suffer from the lack of stimulation normally provided by the teeth.
A dental implant treatment is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that bonds with your bone, providing your dentures with more stability and holding them in place. An abutment is a connector placed on top of the dental implant that connects it to the teeth.
The dental implant bonds with your bone over time in a process called osseointegration, to create a sturdy base for your replacement teeth.
Dental implants come in many shapes and sizes to accommodate all patients. A dental prosthesis, such as a dental crown, a bridge, or dentures, is placed on top of an implant, just as your teeth would sit on top of your natural tooth roots.
Dental implants can be used to support an individual replacement tooth or crown, a denture containing multiple teeth, or a bridge.
How do I know if I’m eligible for dental implants?
Your dentist at Omni Dental may recommend dental implants if your regular dentures keep falling out or you have missing teeth and want to improve your speech. Millions of Americans suffer tooth loss for a variety of reasons, including:
You may be eligible for dental implant surgery if you:
> Have healthy oral tissues
> Have sufficient jawbone density
> Have been unsuccessful with regular dentures
> Don’t have any health conditions that can impact bone healing
> If you have missing teeth, you can experience bone loss, and over time, this can even change the shape of your face.
> When you get dental implants, you significantly reduce your risk of further bone loss, making it a worthwhile preventive measure.
Single tooth replacement options
You could lose a tooth for any number of reasons, whether it’s from physical trauma or tooth decay that advanced too far. One implant post can support a crown attached to an abutment; said crown will be made out of porcelain or zirconia in order to resemble a natural tooth.
While some patients do not mind the surgical aspect of dental implants, others might prefer a less invasive option to replace a missing tooth. Two solutions are available:
Fixed Bridge: Requiring no surgery whatsoever, a fixed bridge uses your natural teeth on either side of the gap to serve as anchors. Fusing together three dental crowns, the two on the outside are placed snugly over your regular teeth, which are altered to ensure a secure fit. The crown in the middle sits on top of the gums to replicate the look of a complete smile.
Single Tooth Implant: Using a titanium post (implant), your dentist in Arlington Heights will surgically place it into your jawbone after making a small incision in your gums. After spending 3-6 months healing at home and allowing the implant to fuse to the bone, you will return to have your custom dental crown placed on top. This process does require surgery, but it also promises greater stability, functionality, permanence, and longevity.
Dental implants are strong mechanical tooth roots that enable you to eat a normal, balanced diet. Other benefits include:
If you’re interested in dental implants, call Omni dental office or schedule an appointment online.