Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to restore missing teeth and are a good option for many people. Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda uses implants to help his patients fill the gaps in their smiles.
Problems caused by missing teeth
Replacing a missing tooth isn't just about aesthetics. A gap in your smile makes chewing more difficult, affects your speech, and may make you feel less confident around other people. Although bridges and dentures are effective restoration methods, they only replace the visible part of your teeth. Thanks to dental implants, you can recreate an entire missing tooth, from the roots to the crown.
What is a dental implant?
During the first part of the dental implant process, your dentist makes a small opening in your jawbone, places the titanium implant inside them, and covers the area with your gum tissue. During the next three to six months, the implant will gradually bond to your jawbone, and once this connection is established, it will be topped with a dental crown.
Are dental implants a good choice for me?
Dental implants can be an excellent option if:
- Food gets stuck in the gap in your smile. Chewing becomes more complicated when there's a space between your teeth. Once your tooth is restored with a dental implant, you'll be able to chew normally and won't experience the decrease in biting power that can occur if you opt for other restoration methods.
- You want a longer-lasting restoration option. Bridges and dentures must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, but not dental implants. In fact, most people will never need to replace them. The crown portion of your new tooth will need to be replaced periodically due to wear, however.
- You want a realistic-looking replacement tooth. Your new crown is carefully constructed to blend in with your smile. Dental technicians create the crown using an impression made by your Chicago dentist.
Restore your lost teeth with dental implants! Call Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda at (773) 334-1801 to schedule an appointment.