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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.
Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.
But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.
A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.
That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.
You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.
Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.