Dental implants are the most durable tooth replacement option available today. If you need a dental implant, visit Pure Design Dentistry in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Dr. Aaron Diehl provides implants and other services to help you replace a tooth with natural-looking and functional results that last a lifetime. Book your appointment online or call Pure Design Dentistry today to see how dental implants may be right for you.
The purpose of a dental implant is to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The implant is made from a titanium post that acts as a foundation. Dr. Diehl then attaches abutments — or small connecting devices — between the implant and the artificial tooth.
When several teeth are missing, an implant-supported bridge can help to replace them and restore your smile to a more natural state, in terms of appearance and function. An implant bridge is made up of the dental implant, abutments, and the artificial teeth.
An implant bridge connects your artificial teeth to the implants and each other, ensuring they all stay in place as a unit.
Bridges are important because missing teeth affect the bone in your jawline, causing the bone to be reabsorbed into the gum tissue. This then allows neighboring teeth to shift and move into the open space. If a bridge is not used, then these teeth are also at risk of being lost.
First, Dr. Diehl takes X-rays of your mouth to determine the optimal placement of the implant in your gums and jawline.
Once he places the implants, you may wait several weeks to ensure the implant stays put and is secure in your gum line. Then, you have an appointment to secure the abutments and artificial teeth to the implant.
Most patients report minimal pain with a dental implant procedure. A dental implant is beneficial in many ways, including:
Once Dr. Diehl places the implant, it acts and looks just like a natural tooth. You won’t have any eating restrictions or speech impediments.
When a tooth goes missing, the bone underneath degrades over time, which causes nearby teeth to shift out of place. Dental implants are the only thing that help to prevent this, while also protecting the bone health of the jawline.
Dental implant placement surgery has a success rate of over 95%.
It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between implants and natural teeth. You’ll be able to smile more often and enjoy the appearance of a full, healthy set of teeth.
To book a consultation about dental implant surgery, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.