Have you lost a tooth recently? Dental implants, an innovative restoration option, can help rebuild your smile. They replace missing tooth roots and reinforce your jawbone. Your Monee, IL dentists, Dr. Alan Prochot and Dr. Steve Fugaj at Monee Dental provide patients with dental implants to improve quality of life.
Dental implants are lifelike appliances that treat an array of issues. They, as mentioned above, replace missing teeth. This fixes speech problems and improves biting and chewing function to help people eat. Bridges and dentures only replace your crowns, the parts of your teeth you see when you smile. Dental implants restore your roots, allowing you to recreate your entire missing tooth. Implants are small titanium posts that bond to your jawbone, creating replacement roots that are just as strong as your natural roots once were.
Dental implants have three main components:
- Titanium post: This post is essentially what replaces the missing tooth root. Your Monee dentist inserts the post into the jaw under the gumline. The titanium post fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration which takes about 3 to 6 months.
- Connector: Also called an abutment, the connector secures the crown to the titanium post.
- Crown: The crown is the only part of the dental implant above the gums. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to make crowns, made of ceramic material, that matches the color and shape of your natural teeth.
There are so many advantages to choosing dental implants. It has a 95% success rate because the titanium post is biocompatible. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime because they are easy to maintain. You need to brush, at least twice daily, and floss, at least once every day.
Enhancing your appearance is certainly an important benefit of implants. After all, it's hard to feel confident if you've lost teeth. In addition to improving your smile, dental implants also help you avoid jawbone resorption, a condition that occurs when your jawbone starts to shrink because it no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots.
If you'd like to learn more about dental implants and if they're right for you, make sure you speak with dentists Dr. Alan Prochot and Dr. Steve Fugaj at Monee Dental in Monee, IL, today.