What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?
Replacing missing teeth is essential for good oral health. Gaps where teeth have been lost can cause the other teeth to shift out of position, and gaps are difficult to clean properly, which can lead to the buildup of bacteria and the development of gum disease and tooth decay.
There is no doubt that when you lose teeth they should be replaced, but what is the best way to replace missing teeth? While there are many options, we believe dental implants are the best as they provide the only option that replaces not just the teeth, but their roots.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are made of titanium, a very strong, lightweight metal, that are surgically implanted into your jaw to act as roots to hold the artificial teeth or crowns in place. There is no other tooth replacement treatment that has this type of support. Even dental bridges that are cemented in place rely on support from other teeth and usually do not last a lifetime. Other types of tooth replacements like dentures or partials have to be removed for cleaning and are only held in place by natural suction or the use of adhesives.
What is involved in getting dental implants?
The first part of the process is a thorough oral exam and consultation. Since not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, Chicago dentist Dr Thomas Meyer will examine your teeth and ask about your personal and family medical health history to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
If the decision is made to go ahead with the implant procedure, the titanium posts will be surgically implanted into your jawbone. After healing , the crowns are placed. The entire process of getting dental implants involves several steps with healing time in between, and can take several months to a year.
Good planning helps ensure success
The initial exam and consultation is important for discovering any oral health or medical issues that may make it risky to attempt implants. If the chance of success is deemed favorable, a step by step plan will be laid out so that you will know what is going to happen every step of the way. There will always be an allowance for changes to the plan if necessary.
How can you get more information?
If you want to replace missing teeth and are excited about the possibility of dental implants, please contact us to schedule a consultation appointment. Regardless of the final missing teeth replacement treatment prescribed, you’ve made the right decision to replace missing teeth to protect oral health and restore your smile.