Losing a permanent tooth can seem like the end of the world. However, a consultation with your dentist will reveal how dental implants can restore the joys of eating, speaking and smiling that you thought were history following tooth loss.
A lost tooth can impact many facets of daily living. The bone that held the tooth in place for so long will start to atrophy producing a shriveled appearance in gum tissue. Remaining teeth may drift toward the open space resulting in a malocclusion. Overall health may be put in jeopardy due to the inability to eat the fruits, vegetables, and grains that are needed for a well-balanced diet for life.
All of these obstacles are overcome with dental implants. This little piece of metal can make a world of difference to your peace of mind. You will be able to set aside all thoughts regarding lost teeth because the abilities to eat, speak, and smile are restored as close to natural as possible.
A consultation with your dentist will reveal how dental implants can restore the joys of eating, speaking and smiling that you thought were history following tooth loss.
The implant is made from titanium, a metal with the properties to fuse with surrounding bone that will allow it to act like the root of the natural tooth. This process, known as osseointegration, will be the basis for the strength and stability for the final restoration that will allow you to once again chew whatever you wish.
Once healed, the implant will be a permanent part of your dental anatomy. The final restoration will be fashioned to match surrounding biological teeth which will make this treatment indiscernible to others.
Your implant dentist will address several factors prior to embarking on the implant process:
- Overall health will be reviewed, but more importantly current dental health must be addressed. Patients with periodontal disease are not ruled out, but additional treatment may be needed before implants can be placed.
- Commitment to care throughout the process can make the difference between success and implant failure. Infection is a leading cause for implant failure so daily flossing and brushing to keep the area clean is critical.
- Tobacco use should be terminated.
Once treatment is completed, the implant and restoration are permanent making dental implants a solution for life. No special care is required! Daily brushing and flossing along with those twice per year visits to your dentist for cleaning and exam should provide a carefree result you can live with.
Contact our skilled team of dentists at Oral Dental Studio by calling 312-328-9007 to schedule an appointment.