A quick fix may be OK for an old car, but not where dental health is concerned. It's always best to pick the dental restoration that will give you the most attractive, healthiest, and longest-lasting smile.
For many people over the past twenty years, the dental implant has proved to be the investment of a lifetime. Your teeth might be missing due to:
- injury or accident
- congenital defect
- extensive decay
- failed root canal therapy
Not only is a dental implant strong, lifelike and impervious to decay, the dental implant preserves jaw bone that can otherwise deteriorate when a tooth is extracted. It prevents neighboring teeth from drifting and does not subject existing teeth to the abrasive forces common with removable partial dentures. Unlike fixed bridgework, an implant does not require the dentist to grind down other teeth to provide an anchor for the device.
The dental implant procedure
Many people are candidates for the implant procedure. Overall health must be good. Ideally, the individual should be free from gum disease and have a jaw bone ridge that is dense and wide enough to accommodate the implant device. Usually, however, the dentist can deal with gum and bone problems through procedures to heal the gums and build up the bone using donor tissue and other augmentations.
With the decision for an implant made, your Ukranian Village dentist places the implant device right into the jaw bone. This is done in the dental office, usually with nothing more than local anesthesia to control discomfort. The implant is actually a screw made of a highly biocompatible metal called titanium.
After placement, the jawbone and the implant get along so well that the bone grows around the implant in a process dentists call osseointegration. The dentist puts an additional metal piece called an abutment onto the implant. After a period of healing which may last for several weeks, a custom-crafted porcelain crown is securely glued to the abutment. The patient then experiences the look and feel of a real tooth, along with normal biting, chewing and speaking.
Caring for Your Implant
While caring for a dental implant is not difficult or unusual, it does require an investment of time and diligence, just as caring for natural teeth does. Patients must floss daily around their implants to prevent gum disease, and of course, brushing twice daily is a must. Routine dental check-ups and cleanings continue on twice a year basis or as the dentist recommends.
Tariq Riyal, DDS MPP
Dental implants have a success rate of 95 percent or higher and make a great investment in the look and longevity of your smile. If you are considering tooth replacement with an implant, why not give Dr. Tariq Riyal a a call at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois? With Dr. Riyal's track record of quality dentistry at a price you can afford, there's no reason not to discuss dental implants. Call 773-661-0330 today to speak with a staff member for an appointment.