Replacing missing teeth is more than just a cosmetic issue; it’s also an important part of preserving dental health. Rick Brar, DMD, and Keith Bram, DDS, of Envision a Smile in St. Charles, Illinois, have advanced training in dental implants and have used this treatment to help hundreds of men and women restore their smiles and their confidence. Book a consultation today to learn more, online or over the phone.
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Dental implants offer the opportunity to permanently replace lost or missing teeth. Once installed, dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth.
Many people only consider the aesthetic benefits of dental implants, but there are plenty of health benefits that come with this advanced dental procedure. To understand why implants are the best way to replace missing teeth it helps to think a bit about how your natural teeth work.
Each of your teeth is anchored directly into your jaw bone. When you bite down or place pressure on your teeth, it stimulates that bone tissue. That keeps it healthy and helps your teeth remain in place throughout your life.
If you lose one or more teeth due to an extraction following infection or trauma, the underlying area of bone no longer receives stimulation. Over time, it can wear away, a process called resorption. That can weaken the stability of surrounding teeth. It can also cause your face to take on a “caved in” appearance so common among denture wearers.
The team at Envision a Smile offers several types of dental implants.
These implants are not anchored to your bone but to a titanium frame surgically installed beneath your gum line. A good fit for those with significant bone loss, this type of implant can secure one crown or an entire set of dentures.
These are the “standard” type of dental implants that anchor into your bone tissue. They are strong, effective, and durable.
Patients who need to replace an entire row of missing teeth often select all-on-4 implants. As the name implies, these implants require just four titanium implants in your upper or lower jaw and can support a complete row of prosthetic implants.
Also called “same-day” implants, the crown portion of these implants is manufactured on-site at Envision a Smile using CEREC technology. You can walk out with your new smile right away.
If you and your Envision a Smile dentist determine implants are the right treatment option, you’ll arrive and settle in the treatment chair. A local anesthetic ensures you remain comfortable during your visit and the practice also provides various types of sedation should you need it.
Your Envision a Smile dentist uses advanced imaging tools to gather data about the structure of your teeth and bones. After opening your gum tissue to access your bone, they use that information to precisely position the implant into your jaw bone. A small pilot hole facilitates that process.
Once your dentist secures the implant in your jaw bone, they close your gum tissue over the implant. You’ll begin a period of healing to allow your bone to fuse to the metal implant. This could take a few months to complete.
The next step involves taking impressions or digital images to create your custom crown that serves as the visible portion of your implant. Your dentist also checks your gum tissue at this time to ensure they are healing properly. When the crown is ready, it’s attached to the implant, completing the procedure.
Once in place, your implant will look and function just like your natural teeth. While the implant cannot decay, it’s important to maintain a solid dental hygiene routine to preserve your overall dental health. Brush and floss regularly and avoid placing your teeth under undue pressure by chewing ice, biting down on hard objects, or relying on your teeth to hold or pry things.
If you are sufferring from tooth loss, then dental implants may represent the ideal solution for you. The Envision a Smile team will check your implant during routine dental exams. In the event the crown sustains damage, your dentist can perform repairs or install a new crown if needed.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation today at Envision a Smile, online or over the phone.