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Dental Implant 101: Get to Know the Basics

December 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 7:44 pm
Woman smiling with dental implants

Do you have a denture that slips and slides around? Maybe you’re missing one or more teeth? If you’re like millions of other Americans who are missing teeth, you may be considering dental implants. Over 500,000 people each year choose this amazing option because of its unique advantages. But what exactly can you expect when you choose to get dental implants? Read on to learn the basics!

So What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. Titanium is a biocompatible material that fuses to the jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once permanently integrated, the dental implant is able to support a restoration. For a single dental implant, a crown is usually placed on top.

How Do You Get Dental Implants?

First, you’ll visit a skilled implant dentist for a consultation. They will examine your mouth and review your medical history before developing a custom treatment plan. Any preexisting issues must be treated before getting dental implants, which may include gum disease or necessary extractions. Once any preparations are complete, you’ll visit your dentist’s office for surgery. They will ensure you’re numb and comfortable before surgically placing your dental implants.

Next, you’ll begin the osseointegration process that lasts between 3 to 6 months. While this may seem long, it’s precisely what allows your implants to function just like your natural teeth. Once fully healed, abutments are placed, which are small connectors for your restoration. After impressions are taken to create your restorations, you’ll come in for your last appointment. Finally, your dentist will see that you’re happy with your replacement before mounting the restorations. All that’s left to do is to walk out of the office and enjoy your new smile.  

Why Should You Choose Dental Implants?

It’s no secret why dental implants are so popular – they offer benefits that you simply can’t get with options like bridges or dentures. These advantages include:

  • Stability: Eat, speak, and smile with complete peace of mind – your implants aren’t going anywhere. Rooted in the jawbone, they’re the most stable, sturdy, and strong replacement, allowing you to eat a wider range of foods for a more nutritious diet.
  • Longevity: Made of durable titanium, dental implants themselves can last for over 30 years with proper care.
  • Confidence: Have you been hiding your smile due to missing teeth? Flash your grin in any social or professional setting with a confidence boost.
  • Predictability: Dental implants have a success rate of 95% even after 10 years.

Are you ready to access these benefits and so much more? Now that you know some of the basics, contact your dentist to get started on this life-changing tooth replacement solution.

About the Practice

Unlike many other dentists who have to send their patients to specialists in Arlington Heights, Westgate Dental Care offers dental implant placement and restoration in-house. This makes your dentistry more convenient, familiar, and affordable. To schedule a consultation, we can be contacted through our website or by phone at (847) 577-7171.