Losing a tooth can be devastating for a dental patient—both in terms of aesthetics and dental health. The good news is that modern dental technology allows our team to restore damaged smiles and replace missing teeth with exceptional results. Today our Orland Park dentists are explaining the treatment process for one restorative option, in particular, dental implant treatment. Let’s get started!
First of all, let’s quickly review what dental implants can do. Dental implants are individual replacement teeth—every one has a titanium root, which replaces the natural tooth root, as well as a natural-looking crown. Because dental implants are grounded in the patient’s jawbone tissue, these are stand-alone replacement teeth.
When you come in for a dental implant consultation, our team will evaluate the health of your smile in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for implant treatment. If you have existing oral infections, or if you are dealing with diminished jawbone tissue, our team may recommend that you undergo restorative treatments prior to having your implant placed.
The next step is to place the roto of your dental implant into the proper spot along your jawbone. The root of a dental implant is essentially a titanium screw or post that will hold your dental crown in place. Once we place your root in your smile, the titanium of the root actually begins to bond with your natural jawbone tissue. We’ll allow your bone and gum tissue to heal before moving on to the next phase of treatment.
Once your implant root is firmly in place, and the insertion site has healed, we’ll cap this foundational piece with a customized dental crown. This part of your dental implant looks like a natural tooth, and is shaped, sized, and shaded to suit your unique smile. Once your restoration is in place, your smile will look and feel whole again!
As always, our Tinley Park dental implant dentists are here to give you any additional information and guidance that you need. Give our team a call to touch base and schedule your personal consultation!