What Are Dental Implants?
Contrary to popular belief, dental implants aren’t actually prosthetic teeth but rather, small titanium posts that we place in the jawbone. During the healing process, the implant will bond to the surrounding bone and tissue through a process called osseointegration, mimicking the function of natural tooth roots. That provides a solid foundation for your replacement teeth, ensuring they never shift or move out of place.
At Heather Ridge Laser Dentistry, we offer single implants, implant-supported bridges, and implant-supported dentures.
- Single Implants: A natural-looking dental crown attached to an implant replaces a single missing tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges:If you’re missing two or more adjacent teeth, implants on either side of the gap will support an implant bridge with superior comfort and stability.
Implant-Supported Dentures: All it takes is four to six implants to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with prosthetic teeth that feel, look, and function just like your natural teeth.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide long-term benefits you can’t experience with other prosthetics. Thick bone supports the implant, just like your natural teeth, providing unmatched stability. You’ll eat all the foods you love without pain or worry, speak clearly, and smile with confidence once again.
Implants are the only restorations that act like natural tooth roots, stimulating the bone in the area and preventing bone loss. With proper oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, your implant restorations can last 30 years or even longer.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Good candidates for dental implants are in good oral health, are free of periodontal disease, and have adequate bone mass to support the implant. If you’ve suffered bone loss, Dr. Nallasamy may recommend a bone grafting procedure, which she completes right here at our Gurnee office. That will help build up the bone in the area and allow you to enjoy the numerous benefits of implant dentistry.
What Is the Dental Implant Process?
Dr. Nallasamy will surgically place your implant in your jawbone using dental implant surgical guides, the latest advancement in the dental world. These guides are developed by imaging software based on 3D images of the area, providing incredible accuracy, a much faster procedure, and peace of mind that the implant will be placed in the precise location.
Once the area heals and the implant fuses to the bone, which typically takes a few months, Dr. Nallasamy will use the Solea dental laser to uncover the implant without numbing, bleeding, or discomfort. Next, she'll attach a connector called an abutment to the implant and wait for the gum tissues to heal. The last step is placing your replacement tooth or teeth, restoring your healthy smile. The implant process may seem lengthy. However, the superior, incredibly life-like results are well worth the time and effort.