If you’ve lost a tooth or even multiple teeth, you should consider a better solution than dentures: a dental implant in Lincoln Park. If you need to replace even a whole arch of teeth because traditional dentures are uncomfortable and cause embarrassing slippage when you chew and speak, you’re headed in the right direction. Comprehensive Dental has the superior solution for one, two, or an entire row missing teeth.
Missing one, two, or multiple teeth is a real issue!
Depending on each patients individual circumstances, missing teeth can make it increasingly difficult to perform the normal activities you need to do each day, like eating and speaking. Even scarier, your existing teeth can begin to shift into the incorrect places. Because the health of your jawbone depends on supporting the teeth roots, it will eventually deteriorate, leading to an aging appearance in the face. Replacing teeth with bridges or dentures prevents the movement of existing teeth, but a dental implant replaces the tooth root and re-stabilizes your jawbone health.
Understanding dental implants
Your dentist in Lincoln Park wants you to understand how a dental implant works and why it’s a better choice for patients looking for the next best thing to natural teeth.
- Implant – The implant itself is a biocompatible titanium post that will be surgically placed in your jaw. This will become the secure foundation for the rest of your replacement tooth. You’ll have oral surgery as the first step in the process, and you’ll need about 3-6 months for the post to fuse with your jaw in a process called osseointegration. After your recovery period has been completed, the other pieces can be added.
- Abutment – This part of the implant connects between the implant post and your dental prosthetic. Once the implant is strong enough, the abutment will then be affixed to the post.
- Dental prosthetic – This is the part of the replacement that looks like the tooth. The long-lasting, natural-looking porcelain dental crown—or whichever dental prosthetic works best for your dental problems—will be secured to the abutment after that part is added, restoring your smile to its former glory.
How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?
Implants are a great solution for missing teeth, no matter how many blank spots there are in your grin. We offer the following options for artificial upgrades:
- Single Tooth Implants – Just like they sound, these are made of one post and one crown. This is generally the most straightforward implant procedure and is great for one or two missing teeth.
- Implant-Retained Bridges – Using two posts as the anchors, we can add multiple artificial teeth, or pontics, in a row, securing a bridge in place to make chewing and speaking easier.
- Implant-Retained Dentures – If you’re missing an entire row of teeth, this is the solution that will interest you. Your experienced dentist can implant four posts in your jaw to serve as the anchor points, and your row of dentures can snap in securely – staying in place even when you speak and eat, while still looking like your natural teeth.
No matter how many teeth you need to replace, you can rest assured that your artificial teeth will be natural looking and long lasting – with proper care, they can last for the rest of your lifetime. Because dental implants stimulate jawbone tissue growth, you won’t face the problem of receding gums and bone loss and an aging facial appearance.
Now that you know what dental implants are and that they’re the superior solution for one, two, or a whole row of teeth, schedule your appointment with Comprehensive Dental today and make your smile stunning and stable again!