If you are missing teeth, then the consequences go further than just what meets the eye—although the appearance of gaps in your smile is certainly a main concern. However, underneath gum tissue, the bone that once supported those missing teeth is changing and not in a good way. For this reason, the doctors at Armitage Oral Surgery encourage patients with tooth loss to have dental implants in Chicago sooner rather than later.
The Bone and Tooth Connection
You’ve probably heard about the importance of weight bearing exercises to maintain strong and healthy bones. Your jawbone needs something similar; your jaw requires stimulation to keep its form and density, and that stimulation comes from your teeth. The lack of stimulation that results from missing teeth causes a 25 percent decrease in the width of your jawbone just in the first year after tooth loss. Eventually, the bone loses both width and height and gum tissue decreases, too. A side effect of this is that the lower portion of your face begins to collapse, giving you a more aged appearance.
The Advantage of Dental Implants
Dental implant placement in Chicago not only replaces missing teeth but also helps you avoid bone loss. How? A dental implant actually substitutes for a missing tooth root. In this way, the implant provides the stimulation your jawbone needs to maintain density and shape. A dental implant is typically made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that allows the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. Once the bone and implant have fully integrated, a porcelain crown, bridge or implant-retained denture is attached to complete your restoration.
Placing Dental Implants in Chicago
Whether you need one or several teeth replaced with dental implants, Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe will work in coordination with your general dentist to provide you with the most natural looking and functional outcome. The entire process in divided into two phases: the surgical portion and the placement of your restoration.
During minor oral surgery, a small incision is made in your gum tissue and the implant is precisely positioned in your jaw to take advantage of the greatest bone volume. Depending on your unique circumstances, the doctor will either leave the top of the implant exposed or cover it with gum tissue.
Your gums will need a few months to heal after surgery. During this time, the implant and bone fuse together. Once you’ve completely healed, you’ll return to your general dentist to have a crown, bridge or implant-retained denture securely attached to the implants.
Contact Our Office Today
Dental implants are good for your smile and for the health and appearance of your jawbone. Don’t wait too long after tooth loss to have your implants. Call Armitage Oral Surgery today.