Managing the Problem of Tooth Loss

If you are missing a tooth, or a few, your smile may be something that you hide rather than share. Imagine how you would feel if you had the smile you want; a smile that has healthy, attractive teeth. You deserve to feel confident in your appearance, and you also deserve to enjoy optimal chewing function. Missing teeth do not support this, but personal dental care can.

Dental Implants for Successful Restoration

Tooth replacement has been possible for far longer than most of us think. In fact, the first dentures date back to 700BC, when animal or human teeth were used as makeshift teeth. Humans continued this basic tooth replacement method until the 1800s, although they used different materials, including hippopotamus ivory and porcelain. Clearly, science was on to something. However, the traditional denture model fell short simply due to the fact that bone loss could not be prevented with over-the-gums fixtures.

Dental implant treatment was first developed several decades ago. The intent behind this method is to offset the natural loss of bone in the jaw by replacing roots. It is our natural roots that stimulate bone growth, after all. Each implant looks like a small cylinder. Once it is in place, the post is stabilized by bone tissue, which fuses around the structure in similar fashion to natural roots.

Why Choose Implants

The most notable difference between dental implant treatment and tooth replacement alone is that implants promote long-lasting stability and function. These substructures hold a crown, bridge, or full denture in place to such a degree that patients are able to comfortably eat a wide variety of foods. Many who have opted for tooth and root replacement say their oral function feels just as it did with a full set of natural teeth.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Because the early use of dental implants was focused on a particular set of qualifications, many people today assume they would not be a good candidate for this method of tooth replacement. It used to be that one had to have a certain amount of bone tissue present in order to support the insertion of implants. Today, there are a few ways this can be managed. Some patients undergo bone grafting as a pre-treatment. In some situations, smaller implants may be sufficient to place into an area in which bone loss has occurred.

The best way to know if dental implants are right for you is to ask. We are happy to consult with you to pinpoint the best way you can get your best smile back.

For more information on dental implants or other tooth replacement options, call our Grayslake office at  (847) 223-5200.