Dental Implants in Glenview IL
As dentists, we always try our best to preserve our patients' natural teeth, but this isn't always possible. Teeth can be lost to decay, disease, trauma, or other medical conditions.
What many people don't realize, however, is that when a tooth is lost or extracted, the job doesn't end there. It's important to replace the missing tooth to preserve optimum oral health.
If left untreated, the site of a missing tooth can cause other problems in a patient's mouth. Nearby teeth may drift into the space left behind by a lost or extracted tooth, causing gaps, improper bite, and loose or crooked teeth. Over time, the bone of the jaw can also reabsorb, causing a sunken appearance to the face around this missing tooth and making restoration of the site more complex.
In many instances, the best way to restore a missing or extracted tooth is through surgical dental implants. These implants are strong and long-lasting, the closest that modern science can get to recreating natural teeth, and with improvements in technology and implant procedures, the success rate of dental implants is about 95%, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Implants actually consist of three components: the implant, the crown, and the abutment, which fastens the crown to the implant. The implant itself is made of titanium and threaded on the outside like a screw to securely fasten it into the bone. We use titanium because it is a biocompatible material, meaning that the body accepts it as a natural part of itself and integrates it into the jawbone, strengthening the bond between the implant and the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.
The second part of the implant is the restoration. Restorations can range from a crown to restore a single tooth to bridges to restore two or more missing teeth in a single arch. Implants can even be fitted with special attachments for dentures, allowing removable dentures to be anchored far more securely than traditional dentures.
Am I a Good Candidate for Implants?
There are many factors we consider when determining whether dental implants are a good choice for a patient. Overall health, oral health, and the quantity of jawbone available to anchor the implant are all factors that can increase or decrease the implant's chance of success.
If there is too little bone to securely support an implant, we may be able to perform a bone graft or sinus augmentation to increase the available bone. Many dentists require you to visit a specialist for bone grafts or sinus augmentation, but at Gallery Park Dental, we have advanced training in all specialties of dentistry which allows us to evaluate and perform most procedures in-office and refer to a specialist only for more advanced cases.
The Implant Process
The implant process is done in stages. First, the implant is placed into the jaw and allowed to heal completely. This ensures that osseointegration takes place before the implant is exposed to the stresses of eating and chewing. The healing process usually takes approximately three months in a normal, healthy mouth. Bone grafts or sinus augmentation will lengthen this healing process.
Once the implant is healed, we will create a custom-crafted restoration to meet each individual patient's needs and desired outcome. These restorations are attached to the abutment and placed in the mouth in our Glenview dental office. Once the restoration is in place, it can be cared for just like any other crown or natural tooth, which includes maintaining your daily brushing and flossing habits and visiting us regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Beautiful Implant Restorations for Missing Teeth
If you are interested in dental implants to restore one or more missing teeth or teeth in need of extraction, call Gallery Park Dental to schedule an appointment with one of our Glenview dentists today.