Missing teeth have effects besides simply hindering your ability to eat and speak. Leaving the gap untreated can allow the remaining teeth to shift along the gum line into the empty space. This can eventually change your bite. Having spaces in teeth also often causes self-consciousness. To have your smile and confidence restored, consider dental implants. They are more stable than other tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures and can be found at West Willow Family Dental in Wheaton, IL.
Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They protrude slightly above the gumline, allowing a fixed denture or bridge to be attached to restore the functionality of the teeth. Implants are usually made of titanium, which makes them long-lasting, and essentially act as tooth roots, providing a stable restoration and stimulating the jawbone to prevent bone recession.
Before implants can be placed, your dentist will check your jawbone to ensure that you have sufficient bone structure in the area to support them. A bone graft can first be performed to build it up if needed.
A dental implant procedure takes several months to complete. During your first appointment, after the initial consultation, the implants will be placed into the jawbone. An incision will be made into the gum line, and the bone will be prepared to receive the implants. Once they are in place, the gum tissue will be stitched closed over the site and left alone for several months. This period will allow the implants time to fuse with the surrounding bone.
Once the implants have completely fused into the jawbone, you will return to West Willow Family Dental to have the artificial tooth/teeth attached. One implant can support more than one restoration. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are an excellent option for restoring missing teeth. They look and feel the most like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and speak as you did before you lost any teeth. To learn more about this treatment, make an appointment at West Willow Family Dental in Wheaton.