Some years ago if you lost one or more teeth your dentist only had two options to offer; a denture or a bridge. Today, the dentist has a third option that is more comfortable and stable than a denture and requires no involvement with other teeth which is the case with a bridge; the third option are dental implants in Arlington Heights. Dental implants are replacement roots which support a crown which looks and performs just like the natural tooth or teeth that they replace.
Why would a patient need a dental implant?
Dental implants are employed when it is necessary to replace one or more missing teeth, the goal is to restore natural function as well as improve one’s appearance.
There are several advantages to dental implants; the procedure requires no alteration of adjacent teeth and, as they become one with the jawbone, the implant is extremely stable. The result is a replacement tooth that looks and feels no different than a natural tooth.
Other uses for implants:
The primary function of a dental implant is to support a single artificial tooth; however, there are other uses as well. As they fuse with the jaw bone they are extremely stable, as such they are also used to support a denture, making it fit securely and more comfortable. What are known as “mini implants” are also used as anchors for repositioning teeth during orthodontic care, once the teeth have been moved to their desired position the implant is removed.
Getting a dental implant:
Once the dentist has examined the site and determined that a dental implant can be placed, the procedure can proceed. The dentist will prepare the site by drilling a hole in which a titanium pin, the implant, will be sited. The gum is closed while the implant fuses with the jaw bone, this may take several months. Finally an abutment is fitted to the implant; the abutment holds the artificial tooth.
Dental implants in Arlington Heights are the next best thing to a natural tooth, they are strong, stable, attractive and function just like a normal tooth.
Dental implants in Arlington Heights are the best option for replacing one or more missing teeth. You are invited to make an appointment with James Kakos DDS.