Dental implants are one of the triumphs of modern dentistry, helping to restore people’s smiles and give them the sturdy biting surface that they need to eat well and enjoy life. Dental implants are the “gold standard” for replacing lost or missing teeth, thanks to their superior performance compared to other tooth replacement measures, such as dentures.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants comprise two parts: the post and the crown. The post replaces the root of the tooth while the crown replaces the visible part of your tooth above the gum line.
Dental implant posts fit directly into the jawbone, just like the root of a natural tooth, providing a similar mouth feel when speaking and chewing. The post is made of titanium, a metal that does not react with other tissues in the body, allowing the implant to remain embedded in the bone for many years.
The crown is molded to fit the shape of your mouth and attaches to the post below, providing a direct replacement to the tooth that is no longer there. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including ceramic, resin, and porcelain. Once fitted, your implant will look and feel just like the rest of your teeth, providing you with a beautiful smile.
Why Are Dental Implants Sometimes Necessary?
People can lose teeth for all kinds of reasons. These include gum disease, trauma, decay, and so on. A dental implant is a like-for-like replacement of the missing tooth allowing the entire mouth and jaw area to continue operating as usual.
- To Restore The Beauty Of Your Smile. Many people suffer the loss of a tooth at the front of their mouth. Dental implants can restore the appearance of your smile and help give you confidence in your day-to-day life.
- To Prevent Bone Loss. The mantra of “use it or lose it” doesn’t just refer to muscle: it applies to bone too. The bone in the jaw needs regular exercise. If it doesn’t get it, the body will no longer expend the energy to maintain it, and it will slowly shrink over time. When a person loses a tooth, they can lose a biting surface and cease putting the jaw under strain. The jaw can then start to shrink, changing the structure and appearance of the face. Implants perfectly replicate the old biting surface, preventing this from happening.
- To Prevent Misaligned Jaw. Missing teeth can lead to problems with biting, which, in turn, can lead to a misaligned jaw and other issues. Implants restore the natural biting surface of the teeth, preventing this from happening.
- To Support A Dental Bridge. You may need a bridge to replace damaged or missing teeth. Dr. Kaltchev may, therefore, recommend an implant to support the bridge, ensuring that it remains in place for the long-term.
What To Expect From A Dental Implant Treatment
At the consultation, we’ll investigate your mouth, take x-rays or 3D images, and talk to you about the dental implant options available to you as every patient’s case is different
Dental Implant Installation
The next stage is to install the dental implant. Here we’ll attach the post to your jawbone. Most people can return to work the day following an implant. You’ll receive local anesthetic and sedation during the procedure to ensure a pain-free experience.
Implants strengthen over time as the metal fuses with the bone in the jaw, sometimes called “osseointegration.” For several months, you may have to eat soft foods to allow this process to occur. Once complete, you can use your dental implant as you would a regular tooth.
Dental Abutment Installation
The abutment is a small connector that attaches to the dental implant post, providing a kind of foundation for the crown above. For some patients, we can place the abutment at the same time as the post.
New Crown Placement
Once the abutment and post are in place, it’s time to attach the crown: the visible part of the tooth. We’ll take molds of your mouth and custom-make the new teeth you need, whether for single or multiple replacements. The crown(s) fit on top of the abutment.
Aftercare And Checkups
The final part of the procedure is to perform checkups to ensure that the implants perform as intended. The process takes from three to nine months in total, depending on the number of implants you need.
There are other forms of tooth restoration available, but most dentists agree that dental implants are the gold standard.
Why Dental Implants Are Superior To Other Forms Of Restoration
Dental implants offer a vast array of benefits over other tooth replacement or restoration options.
- Clean Dental Implants Just Like Regular Teeth
There’s no need to remove dental implants, as you might dentures, and have to clean them separately. Dental implants act just like regular teeth. Clean them every day, just as you would the rest of your teeth.
- Dental Implants Replace The Entire Tooth
Dental implants don’t just replace the crown but the entire tooth, eliminating further complications that may arise in the root and reducing the risk of decay.
- Fewer Restrictions On What You Can Eat
Other tooth restoration techniques, such as dentures, place strict limits on the type of food that you can eat, prohibiting you from eating chew candies, brittle foods, or certain raw fruits and vegetables. Dental implants are more robust, allowing you to enjoy a much wider selection of foods without having to worry about damaging your teeth.
- Avoid Embarrassment
Dental implants are fixed directly into the jaw. Because of this, they aren’t liable to falling out while you’re eating or drinking, potentially saving you embarrassment.
- Dental Implants Strengthen Your Jaw
Because they replace the root, dental implants transmit chewing forces directly from the crown to the bone below, helping to strengthen the bone and prevent facial sagging.
- Speak More Clearly And Eat With Confidence
Some types of tooth restoration can make it harder to speak. But with dental implants, you get a like-for-like replacement of the missing tooth, allowing you to continue to talk as normal.
Dental implants also offer superior chewing performance. Chewing with a dental implant feels just like it does with natural teeth.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you have been considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth then now is the time to schedule an appointment with BK Dental to improve your smile! Our dentists in Evanston and Wood Dale, IL look forward to meeting with you and helping you have a healthy beautiful smile!