If you have lost a tooth, you may be a candidate for implant dentistry! Implants are the ideal option for replacing your missing tooth or teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, they replace the entire tooth to provide a long-term solution that will improve not only your smile but also your oral health and function.
A dental implant consists of two main parts – the implant post and the implant restoration. The implant post replaces the missing tooth root, anchoring the tooth to your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your new tooth. The post also performs the same function as your original tooth root, stimulating your supporting bone to keep it strong and healthy. The implant restoration replaces the crown of your missing tooth. Depending on whether you are replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth, your restoration may consist of a crown, a bridge, or a complete or partial denture.
Anyone who has lost a tooth is a candidate for implant dentistry. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you will most likely be able to receive an implant without any complications. If you have tooth decay, gum disease or another pre-existing condition you will need to receive treatment prior to receiving a dental implant. If your tooth or teeth have been missing for some time and you have lost supporting bone tissue prior to receiving an implant, we may recommend a bone grafting procedure so that you will have enough bone tissue to support the implant. Dr. Harvey J. Mahler will thoroughly examine your mouth during your initial consultation to determine if you are a candidate for an implant and whether or not any additional treatments are needed.
When you receive an implant, your treatment will begin with the implant placement procedure, during which the implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone. This procedure is followed by a period of healing to allow the post to integrate with your jawbone. After your healing period, our skilled dentist will work with you to create a custom restoration to cap the implant post and complete your treatment.
Dental implants are designed as permanent replacements for your teeth. In order to last for a lifetime, they need the same care that you would give your original teeth, including daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to our office for preventive care.
For more information about the benefits of dental implants in Chicago, Illinois, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahler, call Smile 312 today at (312) 548-8500!