Close the Gaps In Your Smile

If you have gaps in your smile, you may feel as though your appearance will never go back to the way it once was. However, dental dental implantsimplants can replace your missing teeth, closing your gaps and appearing as natural as your own teeth while restoring functionality to your smile. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. Kavita Shah at Primary Dental in Hanover Park, IL.

What is a dental implant? 
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option which allows you to permanently and effectively fill in the gap or gaps in your smile. Depending on your situation, your dentist can use dental implants in conjunction with other cosmetic or restorative dental procedures to completely overhaul your smile. Dental implants’ fixture is a small, titanium post which your dentist will implant directly into the jawbone in your mouth to replace your missing tooth’s root. During healing, your bone grows around the implant, permanently integrating it into the mouth. The implant’s prosthetic, held on by the abutment, is usually a porcelain dental crown, bridge, or denture and replaces the tooth itself.

How can a dental implant help my smile? 
An implant can replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or an entire arch of teeth. Your dentist simply uses the appropriate amount of implant fixtures for the gap at hand. For example, a single tooth uses a single fixture, but an implant-supported denture, which replaces all the teeth on an arch, uses anywhere from four to six fixtures and does not require an implant for every tooth. Replacing several teeth in a row usually uses two implants on either side of a dental bridge.

Dental Implants in Hanover Park, IL 
The design and permanence of dental implants set them apart from other traditional tooth replacement options. Though implants require several procedures and significant healing times, they will keep your teeth in your mouth where they belong and never require removal or extra daily maintenance like soaking or special cleaners. Simply brush and floss your implants as you would your natural teeth to keep them healthy and clean.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Kavita Shah at Primary Dental in Hanover Park, IL. Call (630) 213-0088 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Shah today!