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Missing teeth harm more than your self-esteem. While that's important, your oral health and function are even more so. At Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL dental implants mimic real teeth in every way: performance, appearance and maintenance of jaw bone integrity. Read here how Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr Lorelei Grise' place these tooth replacements and how they improve their patients' smiles.
When you lose teeth...
There are a number of difficult consequences:
- A smile gap
- Gum and bone deterioration at the extraction site
- Reduced bite height (the vertical dimension of your face when your teeth come together)
- Shifting of neighboring teeth toward the empty space (they weaken as they drift)
- Poorer chewing, biting and speaking
- Premature facial aging with substantial tooth loss
With all of these disappointing side effects, patients must consider the best tooth replacement options available to them. Fortunately, most healthy adults qualify for innovative dental implants which are stable, can last for decades and actually improve jaw bone size and strength. Plus, they realistically close smile gaps, giving patients the beautiful smiles they deserve.
How implants work
A simple oral exam, and X-rays tell your Des Plaines dentist if dental implants are right for you. Good oral health is a must as is a jawbone which is sufficiently dense to support the implant device.
Made of biocompatible titanium, the implant device inserts into a small hole created in the jaw. Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise' then allow several weeks of healing time before covering the implant with a metal alloy extension post and customized porcelain crown.
How long does healing take? Actually, the sutured gums heal very quickly. However, osseointegration takes several weeks to months. What is osseointegration? It's the bonding process between the jaw and the implant.
With osseointegration, human bone wraps around titanium, having a natural affinity for it. The resulting bond is very strong and actually gets even stronger over time.
Interestingly, implants are very versatile. The dentist can place multiple implants to anchor multi-tooth bridges and partial or even full dentures. So, this modern technology gives both dentist and patient a wide range of tooth replacement possibilities.
Keeping your implants healthy
Caring for implants is as easy, and as important, as caring for natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Twice a day should do it, says the American Dental Association, but you also must floss around implant sites to keep them free of plaque, tartar and their associated bacteria.
Additionally, avoid tobacco in all forms. Smoking in particular burns gum tissue around implants and can deteriorate the jaw bone. An infection called peri-implantitis resembles gum disease and can cause implant failure.
Arrange your implant consultation
And, see about filling those smile gaps. At Suburban Family Dental, we love our patients to have their best smiles ever. So call today, won't you? (847) 640-0778.
Tooth loss can do a number on your smile, but we can help!
It can feel pretty embarrassing when you lose one or more permanent teeth. After all, you know that every time you smile there are large gaps as a daily reminder of your tooth loss. Of course, this doesn’t have to become the norm. Our Des Plaines, IL, dentists, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, are here to ensure that your smile gets the restorative dentistry it needs to replace your missing teeth for life.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great option if you are looking for a tooth replacement that mimics a real tooth. In fact, there is no other restoration that so closely resembles a real tooth like a dental implant does. How does an implant function like real teeth? Well, a small metal post is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be.
By placing the implant into the jawbone a natural phenomenon known as osseointegration takes place. While the name may seem like quite a mouthful, all it means is that the bone naturally fuses together with the implant. Once fusion has taken place, the implant is now a permanent part of your jawbone, providing the jawbone with the proper stimulation that it needs to stay healthy and to prevent deterioration (which is common in those with untreated tooth loss).
Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?
If you are a healthy individual who maintains good oral health and is missing one or more teeth then dental implants could be the best way to replace those missing teeth. One of our Des Plaines general dentists can examine your mouth to decide if you could benefit from implants or whether another restoration would work better.
An ideal candidate will be a non-smoking adult who isn’t pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during the dental implant process. Those with compromised immune systems, uncontrolled chronic health issues or those currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation may also not be healthy enough to get these restorations. Talk to our restorative dentists to learn more.
If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, then isn’t it time you turned to Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, for the answers you’ve been looking for? Call our office today to schedule your appointment!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
That’s a question you might want to ask the staff of Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL. The answer depends on your situation, but for many people in Des Plaines, the answer has been yes.
In fact, dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth available. This is because the concept behind dental implants is to make them become part of your natural oral tissue structure.
In a dental implant procedure, your Des Plaines dentist drills a hole or holes into your jawbone and installs a titanium implant directly into the bone tissue, then allows the area to heal around the implant. This process is called osseointegration, which means your jawbone tissue grows around the implant to anchor it firmly -- and naturally -- in place. Once the implant anchors, your dentist will install a titanium post into the implant and attach a prosthetic tooth, called a crown, to the post. The result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions almost exactly like a natural tooth.
There are some points your Des Plaines dentist will want to go over with you to ensure you are a good candidate for a successful dental implant procedure. First, your dentist is going to want you to be in good overall health – people with underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes may not be appropriate candidates for dental implants. Your gums should be healthy; if you have advanced gum disease or severe gum loss, your Des Plaines dentist may recommend another option.
Another consideration is time. Dental implant procedures usually take multiple visits to the dentist over a fairly lengthy period of time to complete. If you are not willing to commit to the time, you may want to consider another option.
For more information about dental implants in Des Plaines, IL, call Suburban Family Dental at 847-640-0778.
Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacements with their high success rate, durability and life-like beauty. But obtaining them is a process that requires commitment, planning, and coordination — it takes a team.
Your general dentist is often the first team member you’ll encounter: because they’re most familiar with your mouth’s condition the implant discussion naturally begins here. They can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, such as if you have sufficient bone mass at the intended site or if you have dental disease that must be treated first. They’ll also continue monitoring your general dental health throughout the process.
Your general dentist may also have the special training for surgically placing implants. If not, he or she may refer you to your next team member: an oral surgeon or periodontist skilled in implantation procedures. This step first requires careful planning, including developing a surgical guide for precise placement of the implant. These specialists may also contribute to other aspects of the implant process such as tooth extraction or bone grafting.
A few weeks after surgery bone will have grown and adhered to the implant to form a solid bond. It’s time for you to go back to your dentist who will work in conjunction with another member of your team, a dental lab technician. Together, your dentist and laboratory technician will guide the development, manufacture and placement of the implant’s life-like porcelain crown. The technician will take their specifications from the surgeon and your general dentist and, with his or her skill and artistry, form a crown that will blend well in color and shape with the rest of your teeth.
We also can’t forget another important team member: you. Without your input, especially in the early planning stages, your expectations for a more attractive smile might not be met. The rest of your implant team depends on you communicating your desires and wishes to balance with the technical requirements they must achieve.
The process for dental implants can take months. But with the coordinated efforts of your implant team you’ll be able to enjoy results — renewed function and a more attractive smile — that could last for decades.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”