Has it been difficult living with a missing tooth? Do you find that you shy away from social gatherings? Maybe you hide in the back during a family photo, making sure to keep your mouth shut to keep the gaping hole from showing? If a missing tooth has taken the joy out of the things you enjoy most, it’s crucial that you talk to your dentist about dental implants in Chicago. Find out how why this tooth replacement solution is worth the investment.
What Are Dental Implants?
If a tooth is missing for an extended period of time, it can severely impact the teeth nearby, as well as the bone. Not only will your jawbone begin to deteriorate, but your teeth may shift to fill the vacant spot. Facial collapse is also a real possibility, as missing teeth can change the shape of your face over time.
Made of titanium, dental implants are small posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. They act as your tooth’s root, stabilizing and stimulating the bone structure. With dental implants, you can replace one or many teeth, and you never have to worry about accidental slippage or clips like you do with regular full and/or partial dentures.
How Does the Process Work?
A typical implant process is the same for everyone; however, each person is different, so there may be some slight adjustments based on your individual needs. A normal procedure is as follows:
- Your dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to insert the implant into the jawbone. Either the top of the implant may be exposed, or it will be covered with gum tissue while you heal.
- The healing process can vary in length, but it typically takes several months for the implant to fuse to the bone. Before leaving your first appointment, your dentist will provide post-operative care as well as information about follow-up appointments to gauge how you’re healing. It is during these follow-up appointments that you will receive a support post known as an abutment, which will help to hold the customized crown in place.
- Once you’ve completely healed, you’ll return to have the final step completed, which is to place the artificial tooth.
What Are Their Benefits?
When looking at your various options for tooth replacement solutions, your dentist may suggest everything from dentures (full or partial), a fixed bridge, or dental implants. Depending on your individual dental needs, in addition to whether you have enough bone support, your dentist will help you to determine which treatment option is right for you. However, if dental implants are something you’re considering, here are some of the benefits:
- Long-lasting: With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can last decades or even a lifetime.
- Durability: Your implant is surgically placed, which means it is fused to the bone, so it won’t accidentally fall out. It stays in place.
- Low maintenance: Dental implants are incredibly easy to maintain. You don’t need any special tools or products, just regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing will help keep them healthy and clean.
- Natural look and feel: Because the customized crown is matched to the color of your nearby teeth, it will be nearly impossible for anyone to notice that your tooth is artificial.
- Increased confidence: Having your tooth replaced with a dental implant will give you back the confidence you may have lost while dealing with a missing tooth. Not only will you have a fully restored smile, but you’ll be able to chew and speak with ease.
Although dental implants are more costly than other restorative treatments, they’re an excellent option for anyone looking to replace one or several missing teeth. Quit hiding from your family and friends; take back your life with this superior tooth replacement solution.
About the Author
Dr. Firas Katabi graduated from The Ohio State University in 1994 before going on to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He earned his DDS in 1998 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and he completed his specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Lincoln Medical Center. He and the team at Armitage Oral Surgery believe in the importance of restoring functionality to your teeth, as it directly affects your overall quality of life. If you need dental implants, Dr. Katabi or Dr. Emily Smythe are trained oral surgeons who will ensure the highest quality of work. To find out how we can help restore your smile, contact us via the website or by calling (773) 486-2220.