Have you recently lost a tooth, or are you worried that tooth loss may be in your future? Tooth loss doesn't have to permanently alter your smile. Our Chicago and River Forest, IL, dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch and Dr. Sheila Lynch of Lynch Dental Center, explain how you can restore lost teeth with dental implants.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Bridges and dentures can replace missing teeth, but these restorations don't last forever. Eventually, they'll need to be replaced. Depending on when you get your restoration, you may have to replace it multiple times during your life, which can be expensive. Because dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth, with proper care they can last your entire life.
How do implants work?
Implants support dental crowns, bridges or dentures. Just like natural tooth roots, they reside in your jawbone. An implant wouldn't do much good if it just wobbled around in your jaw. Luckily, dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bone. After just three to six months, the implant is completely fused to the jawbone. Once your Chicago and River Forest dentist is satisfied that your implant can support an artificial tooth or teeth, they will take a mold of your mouth that will be used to create your new crown.
If you've lost a single tooth, you'll need one implant to support your crown, but one implant per tooth isn't required if you need an implant-supported bridge or denture. In fact, one denture can be supported by as little as four implants.
Will my new dental implant feel different?
One of the things people like the most about dental implants is their natural feel. Since your new tooth is rooted in your mouth, chewing and biting feels completely natural. Slipping and irritation, a problem that can sometimes occur with dentures, is never an issue with implants. Thanks to your new implant, you'll be able to enjoy eating anything you want at your favorite restaurants.
Dental implants offer an excellent solution to tooth loss. Call our Chicago and River Forest, IL, dentists, Drs. John, Sheila and Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center, at (312) 263-3235 to schedule an appointment.