Find out how dental implants can replace one tooth or an entire smile.
While losing a tooth as a child often feels like an exciting rite of passage, an adult feels just the opposite way when they lose a permanent tooth. If you are dealing with tooth loss, you have a variety of dental options at your disposal. Find out how Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL dentist could replace one or even multuple missing teeth with dental implants.
About Dental Implants
In order to replace a missing tooth completely, we need something that acts similarly to a tooth’s root to anchor the artificial tooth in place. That’s why we turn to dental implants. By placing the implant into the jawbone of the missing tooth’s socket, we are able to create a strong, root-like foundation from which to hold a dental crown. The final product consists of three components: the screw-like implant, the abutment, and the dental crown.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your dental treatment plan will vary depending on your oral health and the type of implant you are choosing:
Replacing one tooth: if you are only looking to replace one tooth, then only one implant is required for your treatment.
Replacing multiple teeth: If you need to replace multiple teeth, than we may recommend implant-supported bridges.
Replacing all teeth: If you want to replace all of your teeth than we you will most likely get implant-supported full dentures or an implant-supported full bridge.
Once you have consulted with Suburban Family Dental and we have determined implants will be required, the next step will be to surgically place them. The location and number of the implants will depend on how many teeth you are replacing. You will need several implants to hold a full set of dentures, for instance.
After the implant or implants have been placed in the jawbone, we will give them several weeks to heal. During this time, a natural process known as osseointegration will occur. This is when the tissues and bone will start to grow around and fuse with the implant.
Once osseointegration has finished, we will reveal the implant and add a metal abutment, which serves as a connector between the implant and the dental crown. Lastly, we will place the artificial tooth, bridge or dentures over the implants to restore your smile.
To schedule a consultation and find out whether dental implants are right for your smile, contact your Des Plaines, IL dentist at Suburban Family Dental today. Let’s giving you a healthier smile that will last the rest of your life.