Everyone gets two chances with their teeth, the first teeth are expected to fall out by the time you are six or seven and then the teeth that will be with you for the rest of your life grow in their place. When a permanent tooth was lost to accident or decay the solution was a bridge or dentures, today there is a new alternative; dental implants Arlington Heights IL.
* What are dental implants?
Once the procedure is completed, and this can take several months, the result is a new tooth that looks, feels and functions no different than the natural tooth it replaces; a third chance so to speak. Dentures and bridges eventually result in jaw bone loss which affects the shape of your face; this is not the case with an implant.
A dental implant is a titanium insert that is imbedded directly in your jaw bone. Once the implant has completely integrated with the bone, it becomes a new root. Once this phase is completed, the dentist fits an abutment on the implant that shows above the gum line followed by a crown.
* Single or multiple teeth:
Dental implants Arlington Heights IL can be employed to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or anchor points for a denture or non-removable bridge. The key to success lies with the amount of jaw bone available to hold the implant and keep it properly positioned. Even in cases where there is insufficient bone the dentist can harvest bone from elsewhere and graft it to the jaw bone.
The actual procedure is not difficult; it just takes some months to complete because of the need for the implant to properly integrate with the bone. Once the implant has been placed in position, the gum is stitched and after a few months the abutment and crown can be placed. Depending on the location of the implant, the dentist may fit you with a temporary tooth.
Dental implants are an ideal way to replace one or more missing teeth. If you wish to discuss dental implants Arlington Heights IL you are invited to arrange an appointment with James Kakos DDS.