LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
In many cases, our patients are unclear on the purpose of dental implants (sometimes called implant-supported restorations). If your dentist suggests that a dental implant is the wisest option for replacing an irreparable tooth, you may wonder how dental implants work and how they would improve your smile. Dental implants can be a long-term solution to missing teeth. Implant-supported restorations are an outstanding alternative to restorative treatments (such as dentures) and have a lot of advantages that can make them a sensible choice for many men and women in Forest Park, IL. Our highly trained team of experienced dental professionals at DentalWorks - Forest Park uses dental implants to help those who are missing one or several teeth. These implants have done more than help with people's oral health; patients are always delighted with the way implant-supported restorations provide natural-looking results and give them back their smile.
HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK
Not long ago, if you were lacking one or more teeth, your only options to replace them were removable bridges or dentures. While these can restore the appearance and function of your teeth, traditional dentures and bridges both require more care and often become ill fitting due to bone loss in your gums and jawbone. This bone loss stems from the lack of stimulation from the tooth root, which dies without its tooth. A dental implant is a metal post implanted into the gums and jaw to substitute for the tooth's missing root. Once the post has integrated with the bone, a specially designed device called a gum abutment can be secured onto the post. This allows your dentist or periodontist in Forest Park, IL to replace your missing tooth or teeth with the custom-made, implant-supported crown. He or she can also replace a few teeth with an implant-supported bridge or partial dentures. Patients who opt to have all of their teeth replaced can receive a full arch of teeth with implant-supported dentures. Unlike other common restorations, implant-supported restorations can be handled the same way as natural teeth, meaning you don’t have food restrictions and/or particular cleaning instructions.
SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS OF HAVING DENTAL IMPLANTS
You might still choose an ordinary bridge or dentures, but they may not provide you with the best outcome in the long run. There are multiple advantages to getting dental implants, such as:
Dental implants should last for a long time. As long as you maintain proper oral hygiene and see your dentist in Forest Park, IL for professional examinations and cleanings, your implant-supported restoration can last for many years. During your annual dental exam, your dentist will monitor the fit and wear of your restoration to decide if it needs to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
- NO EFFECT ON SURROUNDING TEETH
Dental implants behave like your other teeth. You won't have to worry about them harming adjacent teeth. Other dental restorations generally require surrounding teeth to be filed down, but this is not the case for prepping the area for dental implants. You can rest assured that the bordering teeth will remain healthy and intact.
DentalWorks - Forest Park uses restorations, such as bridges, dentures, or crowns that are custom made from high-quality materials. The metal post implanted in your jawbone is made out of titanium, a material that cannot rust or wear away. Dental implants allow you to eat whatever foods you choose without having to worry about damaging your new restoration.
- THEY LOOK JUST LIKE REAL TEETH
One of the biggest concerns that patients have concerning any dental restoration is if the results will appear natural. A great thing about implant-supported restorations is that they blend in with the color and shape of your surrounding teeth if they are fabricated from high-quality materials by experts in a dental laboratory. The results will be so well blended that your friends and family won't be able to tell which are your true teeth and which are restorations (unless you decide to tell them).
The price of dental implants may seem high compared to other options, such as bridges or dentures; however, implants usually end up being less expensive in the long run. Oftentimes, bridges and dentures need to be modified and/or replaced, so the expenses can add up quickly. That doesn't even include the cost of adhesives (for ill-fitting dentures) and tablets for overnight soaking. Dental implants are made from a durable material and built to last a long time.
- NO PROBLEMS WITH FIT
While other types of restorations (such as, crowns, bridges, and dentures) are likely to start to feel loose over time, a good dentist should make sure that your implanted post is healed securely before they will attach your custom restoration. The post needs a few months to integrate with your jawbone and gums, but once it does, it acts as a great foundation for the attached restoration. If you do develop any looseness, schedule an appointment with your dentist in Forest Park, IL to have your restoration adjusted.
- NO SPECIAL CLEANING REQUIREMENTS
Unlike other restoration] devices (for example, dentures), dental implants are taken care of and cleaned just like your natural teeth. They don't need to be soaked overnight, and you won't be required to utilize denture glue in the morning. You don't need to follow any special cleaning routine for the implant. Patients should continue to brush and floss on a regular basis to prolong the life span of the implant. While the extremely strong materials used to make your restoration are more stain resistant compared to your natural enamel, they can become discolored, so never forget to brush after having dark-colored foods and drinks like coffee, red wine, and berries.
- A HIGHER LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE
A person's confidence and self-esteem could take a hit if they were self-conscious that others were judging them because of having missing teeth. Dental implants can allow these insecurities to be things of the past. You can expect to find yourself smiling more, laughing more freely, and engaging socially without hesitation once you’ve gotten used to your implant-supported restoration.
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE MY FIRST EXAM?
If dental implants sound like something you are interested in learning more about, we would love you to contact our team at DentalWorks - Forest Park to schedule an appointment. Our office in Forest Park, IL has the abilities necessary to transform your smile into one you will want to share with the world. Our team will walk you through the process and create a customized treatment program to achieve your dream smile. You’ll be able to eat, laugh, and speak with more confidence when the dental implants restore your smile. Contact us today to see why so many patients in Forest Park, IL can’t stop smiling after visiting our office.