What are Dental Implants? Arlington Heights, IL

Dr. Brent Engelberg offers dental implants to his patients who suffer from tooth loss or will need tooth extractions. When you compare dental implants to traditional tooth replacement treatments, they offer many more oral health and quality of life benefits. They have increasingly become the number one recommended treatment for missing teeth. Dr. Engelberg coordinates treatment with the top, local oral surgeons for the surgical phases of the implant process. He will restore the implants at his dentist office located in Arlington Heights, IL.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are used to replace one, multiple or all teeth that have been lost or extracted. They look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Because they are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, they are the strongest, most stable and durable replacement option available. Not only can they restore your natural chewing ability and speech, they also provide stimulation to the jaw bone preventing bone loss.

Every one of your natural teeth consists of a root and a crown. Dental implant supported teeth replacement options resemble natural teeth in this respect. Implant restorations have a crown that is visible and used to bite and chew food. They also have a root-like metal post that is anchored into the jaw that holds to hold the crown in place. The only difference is all the parts that make up an implant restoration are artificial. A typical implant is made up of three parts.

3 Parts of a Dental Implant Restoration

Implant– A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It is made from titanium, a light yet durable metal that is well accepted by the human body. It resembles a screw with threads to anchor it in place and allow the bone to grow into it. The bone cells in the jaw will attach to the metal implant creating a strong bond during a process called osseointegration.

Abutment– The next part is a small connector piece called an abutment or container. This is the piece that will connect the implant post to the dental restoration. These pieces can either be standard or customized based on your unique needs. A minor second surgery is necessary to uncover the implant and attach the abutment. Sometimes a healing abutment, or healing cap, is placed right after the implant surgery to help the gums heal around the dental implant. In this situation, the permanent abutment is attached right before the restoration is attached.

Restoration– The final part of the dental implant is the dental restoration. This is the part that will resemble a natural tooth and will help you bite and chew your food. Dr. Engelberg will attach your restoration at his Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. He will use a dental crown, dental bridge, partial denture or full denture.

Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation in Arlington Heights, IL

If you are missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Engelberg at AH Smiles. He can determine if dental implants are the right choice for you and if you qualify for them. You can reach our friendly office staff at (847) 230-9703 or use our online request form to schedule your consultation.