Tooth loss is not a new problem by any means. In fact, we’ve come a long way in recognizing the role we play in the longevity of our teeth. In the past century alone, humans have discovered the reasons why teeth may fail, and also what can be done to minimize the effects of tooth failure if it does occur. Advances in dental science have led to innovative treatment options like dental implants. We are pleased to serve our patients’ needs with this high standard of care.
Important Changes in Tooth Replacement
Something very important happened when the use of dental implants became common: we harnessed the ability to reinstate natural oral structure. You see, before dental implants, all we could do to help a person who had lost one or more teeth was replace that missing tooth structure, the crown of the tooth. Affixing a bridge or denture over the gums did (and does) provide some beneficial improvement. At the same time, the mouth needs more. We need roots to our teeth. By replacing them, we reestablish:
- Expected permanence. Natural teeth are supposed to be permanent fixtures in the mouth. Whether a result of injury or poor dental health, the loss of a tooth or teeth has the potential to create a life of anxiety related to oral function. It doesn’t have to. When titanium posts are positioned into the jawbone, they become set in place, where they should stay for many, many years.
- Optimal function. Our understanding of, and ability to restore, tooth stability has only recently come together in the form of a reliable treatment option. Chewing with loose dentures is uncomfortable, at best. Teeth should not move when we bite into food, nor when we smile or speak. The stability of teeth is guaranteed through the use of well-placed dental implants.
- When we have our natural teeth, the general guidelines for care are well established. We know that we need to brush and floss and see the dentist. In the ideal situation, replacement teeth will require nothing more than what we have always done. What is needed to sustain dental implants is a consistent brushing routine that inhibits oral bacteria from causing inflammation in the gums.
We would love to see you in our Grayslake office to support your healthiest smile. Call (847) 223-5200 for your visit.