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What is a dental implant?
September 7, 2011
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Implant Dentistry HinsdaleA missing tooth has a tremendous impact on your dental health, as well as your overall health. The space created by even a single missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of place. It also can place undue stress on the remaining teeth, changing the way that you bite and chew. Periodontal disease may become a concern, since bone loss can begin to occur soon after the natural tooth is lost.

If you are missing one or more natural teeth, you may want to learn more about implant dentistry in Hinsdale.  With so many advancements in dental technology, dental implants have become the solution of choice to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Compared to other tooth replacement solutions, the design and function of dental implants is most similar to your natural teeth.

A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth root fabricated from a specially designed titanium post. The post, textured and coated to promote a strong bond with the jaw bone, is surgically placed in the location of the missing tooth. With healing, the implant becomes permanently fused to the bone, creating an amazingly strong anchor for your replacement tooth. This bond also helps to prevent bone loss, also known as bone resorption, around the implant.

When your implant dentist has determined that appropriate healing has taken place, the implant process can be completed by adding a crown, cap, or similar restoration. Once the implant has been restored, it will look and feel just like a natural tooth. There are no removable parts and no special maintenance requirements.

Implant dentistry affords patients with missing teeth the confidence to eat, speak, and smile naturally. A dental implant can be designed to look so similar to the natural tooth that they can barely be distinguished from the neighboring teeth. Just as importantly, dental implants are free-standing with no need to rely on the neighboring teeth for stability.

Today’s dental patients are interested in conservative, natural-looking dentistry, and tooth replacement is no exception. Bulky, removable, and artificial-looking restorations are no longer acceptable, and patients can now enjoy dentistry that is comfortable, discreet, and functional. If you desire a tooth replacement solution that consistently meets these criteria, call our office at 630-323-4468 for your consultation today.