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If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski of Miswak Dentistry in Ukraine Village, Chicago. You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth. 

It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane-like teeth. 

An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for.  

Some advantages of an implant: 

  • Often last for decades without needing to be replaced 
  • Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth 
  • Don't require surrounding teeth for support 
  • Do not decay like natural teeth 
  • Can be fixed or removable 
  • Can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth 


There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include: 

  • Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry 
  • It's a surgical procedure that requires a period of healing afterward 
  • Fracturing of fixtures and loosening of screws can occur (only in about 5% of patients) 
  • Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, the fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare. 

It's best to speak with Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. And don't hesitate to contact Miswak Dentistry in Ukraine Village, Chicago for further questions about the procedure. Call 773-661-0330.

By Miswak Dentistry
February 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

While dental implants really do work like your real teeth, they’re not vulnerable to dental issues like the tissues in your natural teeth. However, this doesn’t necessarily make their care and maintenance less crucial.

Our dentists, Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski, and our entire team here at Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, always arm our patients with proper knowledge of dental implants maintenance after dental implantation surgery. In line with this, here are four tips to help keep your dental implants in top shape:

  1. Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly, But Gently

Cleaning your dental implants, including the crowns on top, is similar to how you would clean your real teeth. You must brush at least two times a day with fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. While brushing thoroughly is recommended to effectively eliminate plaque, it’s also vital to brush gently to avoid harming your gums. 

        2. Floss At Least Once A Day

For some people, flossing might be harder with dental implants. To remedy this, you can opt to use a floss threader that you can easily insert between the dental implants. You can likewise use a tiny interdental toothbrush that’s specifically designed to clean spaces between implants and teeth. Gargle with antimicrobial mouthwash after for further cleaning and protection.

        3.Protect Your Dental Implants

Yes, implants are very resilient and sturdy. They’re not, however, indestructible. Besides plaque control, you should never use your implants for other things, like chewing on pens, opening packages, or biting nails, apart from chewing food. These activities, done consistently over time, could damage and weaken your implants. Additionally, you should quit smoking. Aside from obvious health problems linked to tobacco use, the rates of gum disease are higher in smokers.

        4. See Your Dentist For Regular Teeth Cleanings and Oral Health Exams

During these vital visits to your dentist in the Ukrainian Village, IL, your dental implants will also be professionally cleaned and thoroughly inspected to make sure that they’re still working properly and are in good shape. Any potential issues like an inflamed area or loosened screw can be resolved right away before it becomes harder to treat.

Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Us For Questions or More Advice on Caring for Your Dental Implants. Call Miswak Dentistry in Chicago, IL, at (773) 661-0330 to get in touch with Dr. Riyal or Dr. Kaminski today!


When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.

Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.

But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.

CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.

Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.

Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.

Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”


If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.

Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.

If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.

There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.

So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.

But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.

In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”

By Miswak Dentistry
February 11, 2020
Category: dental appliances
Tags: Dental Implants  

Implants from our Ukrainian Village office offer some amazing restorative benefits for patients with tooth loss.

If you are looking for the next best thing to a real tooth, dental implants are the closest you can come. After all, implants are designed to feel, function, and even look like real teeth, allowing you to have a restoration you can feel confident in. Our Chicago dentist, Dr. Tariq Riyal of Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, IL, is proud to offer dental implants because they provide a lifelong solution for people facing tooth loss—read on to learn what this treatment can do for you.

Fully Restored Chewing

As anyone with missing teeth knows, it certainly isn’t as easy to chew food. As a result, you may not be able to eat all the foods you’ve loved or you may end up dealing with digestive issues because you aren’t chewing your food properly. Since implants function like natural teeth, the implant can easily take on the full chewing forces of your jaws. This means that you can eat what you love without worrying about your implant!

Very High Success Rate

When it comes to any dental work, you want a restoration that is going to last. Dental implants offer an extremely high success rate of up to 98 percent. Before undergoing implant treatment, your dentist will perform an x-ray screening of your mouth to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Healthy individuals will have the highest success rates when it comes to the health and longevity of their implant.

Prevent Bone Loss

This is probably one of the most unique advantages of receiving dental implants. After all, untreated tooth loss eventually results in bone loss, as well. However, by placing an implant into the jawbone (where it will effectively take the place of the missing tooth roots) we can provide the bone with the necessary stimulation it needs to stay healthy.

It’s a Long-Lasting Solution

If you want a restoration that will be able to last a long time, then nothing will come close to dental implants. Since they naturally fuse together with the jawbone, this means that the implant itself could last the rest of your life. In fact, it’s possible for implants to last as long as natural teeth with proper care.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Miswak Dentistry, located in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, offers a full range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services. If you want to discuss whether dental implants are right for you, then schedule an appointment by calling (773) 867-1154.

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