If you’ve lost one or more teeth, dental implants from Wright Dental in Barrington, Illinois, can help restore your smile. Almost 70% of adults have lost a tooth, and 25% of those over 74 have lost all of them. Dental implants can help improve your smile, bite, and appearance, as well as your oral health. To find out more about dental implants, call Kenneth Wright, DDS, at Wright Dental or make an appointment online.
Dental implants are synthetic structures, usually made of titanium, inserted in the spot normally occupied by your tooth root. An oral surgeon surgically places them into your upper or lower jawbone beneath your gum. They act as an anchor for an artificial replacement tooth or teeth.
Before the invention of dental implants, your only options to replace missing teeth were dentures or bridges. Dental implants are an improvement on dentures or bridges because a dental implant with an artificial replacement tooth is more natural-feeling and natural-looking than dentures, which may slip or move. Also, no adjacent teeth are damaged or affected as with conventional bridges.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they can improve your oral health. A gap or space in your mouth can result in your other teeth shifting and your jawbone losing its strength and firmness. With a dental implant, that lost tooth gap is filled permanently.
If you are in good health and practice good oral hygiene habits, you should be a good candidate. However, not everyone is. You must have healthy gums and, most importantly, an adequate amount of bone to support the implant. Dr. Wright can assess your suitability for dental implants. If you don’t have enough bone or your bone is too thin or soft, he can discuss options such as a bone graft.
The first step is surgery to insert the implant into your jawbone below the gums. As your gums and jawbone heal, they close in around the implant, securing it your jaw. This healing process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. In some cases, an implant and post are inserted together. In other cases, a post, also called an abutment, is attached to the implant.
Next, your replacement teeth are custom-made from an impression of your mouth, and Dr. Wright fits the replacement teeth to the post portion of the implant. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, are vital to the success of your implants. Dr. Wright and his team are experts at implant restoration.
Call or make an appointment online to learn more about dental implants.