There is no restorative treatment in modern dentistry more serviceable to patients than dental implants. They function as beautiful and long-lived replacements for missing teeth or groups of teeth, and provide a host of benefits over other current methods. Whether your concern is aesthetics, function, permanence, or bone preservation, dental implants offer unmatched benefits.
Unlike other replacements for missing teeth, dental implants generally only need to be placed once in your life. After successful osseointegration of the titanium post, dental implants are firmly and permanently a part of your smile and will stay that way unless an injury or infection interferes. An implant that is cared for properly will never wear out, fall out, or break.
Crowns, bridges, and dentures secured by dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth replacement options available. There are no visible fixtures or exposed metal parts, only the bright shine that mimics almost exactly your healthy teeth down to the exact shade. Every tooth replacement is custom crafted to suit your mouth and enhance your smile. Dental implants allow you to make your best first impression as you smile with ease and confidence.
One of the most common complaints about dentures and bridges is that they feel unstable. This can lead to difficulty speaking, laughing, and chewing, as the patient tries to keep the dental prosthetics in his or her mouth where they belong. But with dental implants, you are assured the maximum stability and unhindered function. Once the implant has integrated with your jawbone, it is every bit as stable as your original teeth, and will feel sturdy and comfortable throughout its lifetime.
When a tooth is lost, a process of deterioration begins almost immediately in the bone and gums that once supported it. The bone and gums depend upon the tooth as much as the tooth depends upon them, and most replacement methods don't restore this relationship. However, dental implants do. The post of the implant takes the place of the tooth's natural roots, encouraging the bone to grow against its surface and the gum to stay snugly fitted around the new tooth. In turn, the healthy bone and gums prevent adjacent teeth from drifting and the deterioration from spreading, helping to preserve your entire smile. An implant doesn't only replace a single tooth; it supports all the others.
The longer a gap is left in your mouth, the harder it will be to return your smile to full health. If you are missing one or more teeth, contact Sherman Oaks Dental in Naperville today to schedule a consultation. One of our experienced implant dentists will examine your mouth and discuss whether implants are right for you.