A cosmetic dentist may recommend dental implants if you are missing a tooth, or if your tooth is so chipped or broken that completely replacing it is your best option. Missing teeth can cause oral health problems, as well as problems for your overall health. They make it difficult to eat certain foods, and can discourage you from maintaining an effective oral hygiene routine. With advances in dental technology, dental implants are easier than ever for your cosmetic dentist to create and place.
Before the Procedure
First, your dentist will examine your teeth and take a CT Scan to ensure that your mouth and gums are healthy enough for the procedure. As the dental implant will eventually fuse to the bone in your jaw, your dentist needs to confirm that you have sufficient bone for the procedure. As long as you have healthy gums and enough bone to support the dental implant, you should be approved for the procedure.
Installing the Dental Implant
At your next visit, your dentist will place your dental implant. This is done by inserting a small titanium post into the bone socket of your missing tooth. Your jawbone will heal around the titanium post, making it a permanent part of your jaw. This healing process can take a few months, and your dentist may want to wait until your jaw has completely healed to continue the process. In most situations, during this time, you will have a temporary implant crown that will act and function the same as the permanent implant crown that will be placed once you are fully healed. You will be able to smile with confidence, even during the healing stage.
Attaching Your New Tooth
Once your jaw heals, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, then custom create a prosthetic tooth for you that matches the shape and color of your missing tooth. A small post called an abutment is attached to the dental implant post. This abutment will be used to attach your new prosthetic tooth to the titanium post.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and are interested in discussing dental implant procedures near Chicago , visit us at University Associates in Dentistry. We offer high quality dental implants that can be placed in just one hour. Call us today at (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment.