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From tooth decay to sporting accidents, losing your teeth is never a pleasant experience. Although your permanent teeth may not have been so permanent after all, you can replace them with durable and natural-looking dental implants. Dental implants might be the solution to restore your smile!
At Lynch Dental Center in Chicago, and River Forest, IL, your new smile will be reconstructed with high-quality materials and the latest dental technology. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. Frances Lynch, will create your dream smile. Call us if you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace broken or missing teeth. Implants get their name from the way they are fixed into the jaw. A metal screw attaches to the jaw where the bone will grow over it. This screw is the foundation for the connecting rod. Implants are famously sturdy because the foundation mimics the natural root of a tooth. The rod connects the root to a crown that completes your smile with a brand-new artificial tooth. Your Chicago, and River Forest, IL, dentists can apply the implant with a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants are the most convenient option for tooth replacement because they never have to be removed when you eat or clean them. With the proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Implants replicate natural teeth with a strong root and custom crown that is made to match the size and shape of your existing teeth. The implant can be just as strong as a natural tooth once fully healed.
Maintain your health
Choosing dental implants is the best way to maintain your oral health because of their long-lasting reliability. They prevent infections, abscesses, and the rest of your teeth from shifting.
If you want to learn more about dental implants call your dentists at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, or Chicago, IL. To make an appointment at our River Forest, location call 708-366-6411, or 312-263-3235 for our Chicago, office. Dental implants can transform your smile and boost your confidence, schedule an appointment with us, today!
If you have lost one or more teeth, a variety of dental issues could follow. Thankfully, dental implants present a viable solution to prevent these potential problems. Basically, dental implants act as replacement tooth roots that are surgically installed into your jawbone, providing a secure foundation for your replacement teeth.
Here at Lynch Dental Center in our River Forest, IL, and Chicago, IL, offices, our dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, or Dr. Frances Lynch, consider dental implants as the best permanent tooth replacement option. Why? Consider the benefits below.
They Act Like Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants will become a part of you over time. As mentioned previously, they are surgically positioned into your jawbone and are composed of titanium screws. Titanium could naturally combine with your bone—producing an extremely stable replacement tooth.
Enhanced and Natural Appearance
Dental implants can improve your appearance, as they look exactly like your real teeth. Since the crown, the prosthetic replacement tooth, is positioned along your gum line, it is difficult to distinguish it from your original teeth.
You Can Eat Freely
Other tooth replacement options may require you to avoid foods that are chewy, hard, or crunchy. With dental implants, however, food limitations won’t be a problem, since they are sturdily and securely fastened into your jawbone.
Different tooth replacement options could bring about bone loss, which, in turn, could make your face sag. Dental implants, one the other hand, could prevent bone loss as they stimulate your jawbone.
Dental implants have been reported to last a lifetime, provided that you maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist in our Chicago, IL, or River Forest, IL, offices regularly.
Restored Self-Esteem and Confidence
Dental implants restore the quality of your smile as they replace missing teeth, improving your self-esteem and confidence.
For More Details or Questions About Dental Implants, Contact Us
Set an appointment with one of our dentists, Drs. John Lynch, Sheila Lynch, or Frances Lynch, here at Lynch Dental Center by calling our Chicago, IL, office at (312) 263-3235 or our River Forest, IL, office at (708) 366-6411.
Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
While celebrating all that a new year brings, take a moment to remember the New Year's Day birthday of a true American patriot: the legendary Paul Revere. Ironically, he became a legend some 80 years after his midnight trek to warn colonists of approaching British troops, thanks to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1861 poem “Paul Revere's Ride.” He was much better known to his fellow Bostonians as a prosperous silversmith, engraver—and “artificial teeth” maker.
That's right. Among his many business endeavors, Revere's résumé also included dental prosthetics, specifically custom dentures made of ivory. For the time, his work was state-of-the-art technology that far surpassed older tooth replacement methods.
But when we compare Revere's foray into the dental arts and today's restorations, his high quality 18th Century dentures were the proverbial “horse and buggy,” while modern denture technology seems like “supersonic transport.” Not only are today's dentures made of superior materials that are more “toothlike” in appearance, the means to create them using digital technology gives wearers a more secure and comfortable fit.
The modern denture—an appliance that replaces multiple or all lost teeth—is composed of a polymer base, usually acrylic that is colored to resemble gum tissue. Attached to this base are the prosthetic (“false”) teeth that replace those lost along the jaw. These new teeth are usually made of a durable dental material like porcelain that looks and functions like real teeth.
The basic design of today's denture hasn't changed much in the last century. What has changed is our ability to create dentures that follow an individual jaw contours much more precisely. Using the latest digital technology, we're able to obtain highly accurate impressions of the mouth to guide the manufacturing process. Fit is critically important for how dentures feel and function in the mouth. If they are too loose, they become uncomfortable and limit which foods you can eat.
If that weren't enough, recent advancements with dental implants have taken dentures to an entirely new level, beyond anything imaginable in Revere's day. We're now able to create dentures that connect or are permanently affixed to implants set within the jaw, which makes them more stable and secure. An implant-supported denture also helps prevent bone loss, a weakness of traditional dentures, causing them to loosen over time.
As amazing as they are, we wouldn't have the modern version of dentures without craftsmen like Paul Revere who helped advance the cause of dental restoration. So, lift a glass of holiday cheer this season to this hero of the American Revolution—and of American dentistry.
Choosing dental implants to replace missing permanent teeth is one of the best decisions you can make for your dental health. Understanding how they work, however, is an important part of making that decision, and the team at Lynch Dental Center - Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch - in River Forest, IL, are here to address some common questions from their patients about dental implants.
Are dental implants painful?
The entire process associated with dental implants, from placement to healing, should not be an uncomfortable process. Your River Forest dentist uses the same type of local anesthetic - also known as Novocaine - to numb the area where the post will be placed. The placement procedure only takes about as long as a cavity filling and after it's finished, there's no open wound to treat, making healing an easy and pain-free experience.
How long do dental implants last?
Research and follow-up with people who have had dental implants for a long time have both shown that with proper care, dental implants last much longer than other dental restorations. In fact, many are remaining stable and damage free for two decades or more. Below, your River Forest dentist will explain the best practices in caring for your dental implants. Here's a hint: it's really simple!
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Caring for your dental implants is essential, but they don't require any special routines or products. Brushing twice a day and remembering to floss at least once each day should be all you need to do to keep your implants - and the teeth and gums surrounding them - looking great. While the metal and porcelain implants can't decay, gum disease can put them at risk for damage. Any signs of gum disease - bleeding and swollen gums, tooth sensitivity, or chronic bad breath - should be reported to your River Forest dentists immediately.
Interested in learning more about dental implants for yourself? Contact Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today. We also have an office conveniently located in downtown Chicago.