Dental implants act as sturdy artificial replacements for your natural tooth roots. At Pearly Whites Dentistry in Schaumburg, Illinois the dentists offer dental implants to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically fused to your jawbone and provide a secure base for your replacement prosthetic teeth. This innovative dentistry option yields functional and aesthetic benefits. Use the online scheduler or call Pearly Whites Dentistry to learn more.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots to secure and stabilize a dental prosthesis. Dental implants are usually made from titanium and fused to your jawbone, so they stay securely in place.
Dental implants are available in different shapes and sizes and are used to replace a single missing tooth, a few missing teeth, or an entire set of missing teeth.
In an in-office procedure, your dentist fuses the implants to your jawbone creating a sturdy base for your replacement teeth and restoring your smile. Your dentures or other dental prosthesis are comfortably placed on top of your implants.
Your dentist might recommend dental implants for various reasons, such as if you want to improve your speech, if your regular dentures keep falling out, or if you have missing teeth.
Pearly Whites Dentistry can also provide tooth extractions and bone grafting when necessary.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
To place your dental implants, your Pearly Whites Dentistry professional administers anesthetics before carefully making an incision in your gums. A small hole is drilled in your jawbone and the titanium implants are placed before your gums are closed with stitches.
The next step is a process called osseointegration. Over time, your new implants fuse with your jawbone. Once your dental implant is placed, it usually takes around three to six months for the successful fusion with your jawbone.
After the healing stage, you return to the Pearly Whites Dentistry office and your dentist secures your prosthetic tooth replacement. The length of time and specific details of the dental implants procedure can vary depending on the number of implants, your dental health, and the type of dental prosthesis.
If your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough, bone grafting might be an option. Bone grafting is a minor procedure where your dentist makes an incision in your gum to gain access to the bone to add the grafting material.
Grafting material is typically processed bone minerals. Bone grafts might involve a natural bone graft taken from another location in your body or a synthetic bone graft that provides supporting structures for new bone growth. Your body begins to deposit new bone cells around these bone minerals. It can take several months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support your dental implant.
Single Dental Implant
First, your Dr. Jain will take x-rays of your mouth and determine the optimal placement of the implant along your jawline. Once the implant has been surgically placed, the abutment and crown will be attached during restoration procedures.
Most patients report less pain during recovery than with wisdom teeth extractions, but any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. If you are anxious about any stage in the implant procedure, the team at Pearly Whites Dentistry is always ready and willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
When several neighboring teeth are missing, an implant-supported bridge is the optimal treatment option for replacing them. An implant bridge consists of three major aspects, the dental implant, abutments, and the dental bridge. A traditional dental implant bridge consists of an artificial tooth connected to two crowns on both sides that are placed on two neighboring dental implants that hold the bridge in place. A dental implant bridge may be used to replace three or more missing teeth.
When multiple neighboring teeth are missing, the bone will begin to resorb and shrink at a rapid pace. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift and move into the open space. The remaining teeth begin to overcompensate for the lost teeth and they too risk being lost.
Advantages of a dental implant bridge:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Preservation of bone
Replacing All Teeth
While some patients opt for removable dentures, this option can be burdensome and cause sores along the gums. Another option for replacing a full set of teeth is a full-arch fixed bridge. These dentures are anchored to the jawbone by multiple implants. The process for placing the implants is similar to that of a single dental implant in that your oral surgeon will carefully insert titanium “roots” in your jawbone. The number of implants will be determined during a consultation with Dr. Jain after examining the condition of the bone in your mouth. Once the implants are placed, you will be fitted with a custom set of crowns that will be fixed to the implants. Once implanted and with proper oral hygiene, fixed bridge dentures can serve all of the functions of a natural set of teeth.
You may also be a candidate for implant-supported overdentures. Implant-supported overdentures are a full set of dentures that clip into place along your jawline to perform the appearance and function of natural teeth. Like the full-arch fixed bridge denture, the overdenture is supported by dental implants. However, the overdenture can be removed for cleaning and maintenance. Your oral surgeon will attach a supporting structure to the implants so that you can snap your overdentures into place for increased stability and comfort while eating, drinking and speaking.
With proper care, fixed bridge dentures and implant-supported overdentures can provide permanent solutions to the problems created by multiple missing teeth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The Pearly Whites Dentistry group is fully aware of the abundant benefits of dental implants, such as:
- Preventing future bone loss
- Allowing you to consume a normal balanced healthy diet
- Improving your dental health
- Enhancing the aesthetics of your smile
- Stabilizing and securing your dentures
- Improving speech
- Preserving your jawbone
The high-quality dental materials don’t decay and deteriorate like your natural teeth, making dental implants a lasting, safe, and successful option. With dental implants, you can enjoy your beautiful smile without any worries.
If you’re curious about what dental implants can do for you, schedule a visit online or call Pearly Whites Dentistry.