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The demand for dental implants continues to grow among American dental patients. Recent estimates by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry show that the number of implants being placed is increasing by half a million per year. Consider these five ways that implant dentistry could help you, and why you should talk to a dentist at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, in the Ukrainian Village area about this tooth replacement solution.
1. Dental Implants Are Good for Your Oral Health
- The presence of an implant helps ensure that your bone tissue stays useful and viable.
- Your other teeth are no longer at risk of shifting out of position, which would cause expensive orthodontic issues.
2. Dental Implants Feel More Secure
- Unlike dentures which may come loose, dental implants are very firmly rooted.
- An implant doesn’t put any stress on adjacent teeth—it actually gives them added strength.
3. Implant Restorations Look Beautiful
- Modern dental crown restorations are made of porcelain and have a shiny, smooth, white exterior.
- You get a natural-looking, stain-resistant restoration.
4. No One Will Detect That You Have an Implant
- Only you and your Ukrainian Village, Chicago dentist will know that you have an implant.
- There’s no visible evidence that you have had this procedure.
5. No Need for Replacement in the Future
- After your implant device is placed, there’s no need to have it replaced in the future as long as you establish and maintain good oral hygiene habits.
- The only part of the implant that may require replacement is the crown, in about seven to 10 years.
- A one-time investment in your smile with long-term benefits.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Don’t wait too long to see a dentist about dental implants—the sooner after tooth loss or extraction, the better the chance that you’ll be an ideal candidate. Call (773) 661-0330 today for an appointment with Dr. Tariq Riyal at his Chicago, IL, office in the Ukrainian Village.
Every year dentists place over 5 million dental implants for lost teeth, often removing the problem tooth and installing the implant at the same time. But getting a “tooth in a day” depends on a number of health factors, especially whether or not there’s adequate bone available for the implant. Otherwise, the implant’s placement accuracy and success could be compromised.
Bone loss can be a similar problem when a tooth has been missing for a long period of time. If this describes your situation, you may have already lost substantial bone in your jaw. To understand why, we need to know a little about bone’s growth cycle.
When bone cells reach the end of their useful life, they’re absorbed into the body by a process called resorption. New cells then form to take the older cells’ place in a continuous cycle that keeps the bone healthy and strong. Forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this growth. But when a tooth is missing, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus. As a result, the bone may not replace itself at a healthy rate and diminish over time.
In extreme cases, we may need to consider some other dental restoration other than an implant. But if the bone loss isn’t too severe, we may be able to help increase it through bone grafting. We insert safe bone grafting material prepared in a lab directly into the jaw through a minor surgical procedure. The graft then acts like a scaffold for bone cells to form and grow upon. In a few months enough new bone may have formed to support an implant.
Bone grafting can also be used if you’re having a tooth removed to preserve the bone even if you’re not yet ready to obtain an implant. By placing a bone graft immediately after extraction, it’s possible to retain the bone for up to ten years—enough time to decide on your options for permanent restoration.
Whatever your situation, it’s important that you visit us as soon as possible for a complete examination. Afterward we can assess your options and hopefully come up with a treatment strategy that will eventually include smile-transforming dental implants.
If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.
Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.
Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.
As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.
If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.
Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, 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 “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”
There’s a lot to like about dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Not only are they life-like, but because they replace the root they also function much like a natural tooth. They also have another unique benefit: a track record for long-lasting durability. It’s estimated more than 95% of implants survive at least ten years, with a potential longevity of more than 40 years.
But even with this impressive record, we should still look at the few that didn’t and determine the reasons why they failed. We’ll soon find that a great number of those reasons will have to do with both oral and general health.
For example, implants rely on adequate bone structure for support. Over time bone cells grow and adhere to the implant’s titanium surface to create the durable hold responsible for their longevity. But if conditions like periodontal (gum) disease have damaged the bone, there might not be enough to support an implant.
We may be able to address this inadequacy at the outset with a bone graft to encourage growth, gaining enough perhaps to eventually support an implant. But if bone loss is too extensive, it may be necessary to opt for a different type of restoration.
Slower healing conditions caused by diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis or compromised immune systems can also impact implant success. If healing is impeded after placement surgery the implant may not integrate well with the bone. An infection that existed before surgery or resulted afterward could also have much the same effect.
Oral diseases, especially gum disease, can contribute to later implant failures. Although the implant’s materials won’t be affected by the infection, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can. An infection can quickly develop into a condition known as peri-implantitis that can weaken these supporting structures and cause the implant to loosen and give way. That’s why prompt treatment of gum disease is vital for an affected implant.
The bottom line: maintaining good oral and general health, or improving it, can help keep your implant out of the failure column. Perform daily brushing and flossing (even after you receive your implant) and see your dentist regularly to help stop dental disease. Don’t delay treatment for gum disease or other dental conditions. And seek medical care to bring any systemic diseases like diabetes under control.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”
Find out how this amazing restoration may be the best option for replacing your missing teeth.
Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Are you tired of having gaps in your smile? Are you finally ready to get your full smile back? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Ukrainian Village, Chicago dentist Dr. Riyal specializes in treating tooth loss and giving you a restoration that looks and feels as natural as possible. Of course, nothing seems to offer the same benefits that dental implants can.
Here are just some reasons why so many people are getting dental implants in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL:
The Next Best Thing to Real Teeth
If you want to get a restoration that will function just like natural teeth then look no further than implants. This small metal post actually takes the place of your tooth roots and fuses together naturally with the jawbone. No other tooth replacement option will be as durable or reliable.
A Restoration That Lasts a Lifetime
Since implants are made of titanium, there is no material that will be more resilient. Plus, once the implant has fused together with the jawbone it becomes a permanent restoration. Dentures or bridges will need to be replaced every few years throughout your life but an implant can last you a lifetime if you maintain good oral hygiene.
Whether you just want to be able to bite into that juicy steak without feeling self-conscious or worried that your teeth can’t take it or you just want to be able to speak more confidently, having a full smile back (thanks to dental implants) can restore speech and make chewing easier. Dentures can often shift around in your mouth and make eating difficult but implants stay in place so you can trust in your smile every time.
Improve Your Confidence
Having gaps in your smile can truly put a damper on your appearance and make you feel self-conscious, but regaining your full smile with a little help from dental implants can renew your confidence and boost your self-esteem. You’ll find yourself smiling more. You may even find yourself enjoying more social events and gatherings. You’ll find that your quality of life has even improved! What more could you want?
Do you think you could be the ideal candidate for implants? Then let’s find out. Call Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL today to schedule your consultation.