What Dental Implants Can Do for You

If you've ever lost a tooth, you know the embarrassment and worry a smile gap causes. Teeth drift, gums, and bone recede, and of course, your appearance really changes. What can you do if you're faced with dental extraction? Your dentist at Primary Dental in Hanover Park can tell you all about dental implants and how they help patients just like you regain great, functional smiles.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium tooth root which your dentist in Hanover Park puts directly into your jaw bone. As the implant site heals, the bone wraps around the artificial root, anchoring it permanently in place.

Distinct from conventional tooth replacements, such as partial dentures, dental implants improve gum tissue and bone density, literally exercising them each time a patient bites and chews. This bone-building process is called osseointegration, and only dental implants feature it.

Dentists such as Dr. Shah place two, four or more dental implants to secure multi-tooth bridges and fixed or removable dentures. Implants prove to be highly versatile, biocompatible, and long-lasting. As a matter of fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says once you receive a dental implant, you'll probably have it for the rest of your life. That's how reliable these tooth replacements are.

Qualifying for dental implants

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says most healthy adults do qualify for this restorative treatment. You need healthy gums and a strong jaw bone; Dr. Shah will carefully examine both to see if you're a good candidate. If you are, you'll undergo in-office oral surgery, heal at home for several weeks, and then return to Primary Dental for placement of your extension post and crown or other prosthetic according to you specific case.

Of course, good oral hygiene habits keep implant sites free of dangerous plaque and tartar. So, do your daily brushing and flossing at home, and see Dr. Shah and her team twice a year for exams and cleanings. If you're a smoker, this is a good time to kick the habit and avoid peri-implantitis, a tobacco-related infection similar to advanced gum disease.

In summary...

Dental implants can give you a smile that is fully restored in every way: appearance, function, and lifespan. Also, dental implants allow you to bite, chew, and speak as Nature intended, and they improve the quality and quantity of supporting hard and soft tissues--that is, bone and gum tissue. Dental implants increase self-confidence, too, as you show those around you a complete smile that looks great.

Don't wait

Start on your new smile today. Contact the office team at Primary Dental, and book a consultation with Dr. Kavita Shah in Hanover Park, IL. Call (630) 213-0088.