When you lose a tooth, we recommend talking to dental professionals as soon as possible. Otherwise, serious complications can arise that impact the appearance and health of your smile. We often address missing teeth with implant dentistry. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at the process of placing dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Placing Dental Implants
Question: Does anyone qualify for them?
Answer: We recommend them for people that have lost one or more teeth. We also take a look at any underlying health issues. For example, untreated gum disease can lead to implant failure should the disease enter the later stages. We also look at the state of the jawbone tissue, as tooth loss can cause loss of jawbone density, which impacts candidacy.
Question: Will I require oral surgery?
Answer: Yes, the implant will be surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant then bonds with the bone tissue though a process known as osseointegration, allowing it to act as a new tooth root. The tooth then enjoys greater stability and the ability to last longer than bridges or dentures.
Question: How do you restore them?
Answer: For a single tooth option, we place a custom-made dental crown. For prosthetics, we create a custom-made denture or bridge and attach it to the dental implants, fixing it in place.
Question: What can I do to ensure they last?
Answer: You can continue to care of them as you would your natural teeth. Which means taking time to brush twice a day and flossing your teeth thoroughly each night before going to bed. We also urge patients to see us every six months of a checkup and cleaning, allowing us to monitor your new tooth and remove plaque buildup.
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Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-6988.