Dental Implants Are Permanent Replacement Teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth or you are fed up with your dentures slipping or you would rather not weaken good teeth to support a bridge you should consider dental implants.

Implant dentistry in Downers Grove has come a long way since it was first introduced in the late 1950s, early 1960s. It is rapidly becoming the preferred way to replace missing teeth with a permanent solution. Dental implants are the ideal solution for restoring your confidence and improving your smile. Dental implants are titanium pins that are embedded directly into the jaw bone, over a period of a few months they become one with the bone and function as a replacement anchor for crowns or dentures.

The implant process:

Implant dentistry in Downers Grove is done over three phases; placement of the implant, healing and finally placing the artificial tooth.

  • The first phase is when the dentist surgically implants the titanium “root” in the precise position in the jaw bone. For those who have insufficient bone it is possible to undertake a bone graft which extends the process but does allow the patient to benefit from an implant.
  • Over a period of time, this can be anywhere from six to nine months, the implant integrates with the bone. This process, known as “osseointergation” is what makes the implant strong and long lasting. During this period the dentist will cover the site to ensure that it remains clean.
  • Finally the time comes when the dentist prepares to place the artificial tooth. For single tooth implants a custom made crown is set on an abutment. The crown is a duplicate of the missing original tooth and is made to match the color of your teeth.

Anyone that is in good health is an ideal candidate for implant dentistry in Downers Grove. Feel free to discuss this option with your dentist.

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