If you lose one or multiple teeth, your gums and jawbone start receding. Left untreated, this can negatively impact your oral health and physical appearance. In the past, oral prosthetics such as dentures and bridges were the only ways to address missing teeth. However, you now of the option of implant dentistry. At Northwestern Dental Group in Niles, Vernon Hills, Skokie, Gurnee, Arlington Heights, Deerfield, and Hawthorne Commons, Illinois, the team proudly offers implant dentistry to restore smiles. To request your consultation, call the office today.
Implant dentistry is a branch of oral health care that uses dental implants to restore your smile to its near-original condition. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that your dentist attaches to your jawbone. Over time, your bone grows around the implants, holding them in place.
In addition to being long-lasting and durable, dental implants don’t slip or slide around like dentures. They also mimic the color and condition of your permanent teeth, so no one but you and your dentist will know you’ve had any work done.
If you’re missing one or multiple teeth and you’re in relatively good health, you’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. To receive implants, you also need to have enough jawbone and healthy gum tissue. Following an oral exam, discussion of your goals for treatment, and review of your medical history, your Northwestern Dental Group provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.
The implant dentistry experts at Northwestern Dental Group offer three specific services:
If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, your dentist might recommend All-On-4® implant-supported dentures. Unlike traditional dental implants, which require one implant for each tooth, All-On-4 implants can replace an entire arch of teeth with just four implants. This means a quicker recovery, less pain, and improved confidence.
If your jawbone isn’t healthy enough to support dental implants, your dentist might recommend bone grafting. During a bone grafting procedure, your dentist takes bone from another part of your body, or uses a synthetic bone material, to restore sufficient bone tissue.
If your upper jaw is too thin or missing bone tissue as a result of lost teeth, your dentist might recommend a sinus lift. During a sinus lift, your dentist lifts your sinus membrane, pushes it away from your jaw, and implants a bone-graft to encourage tissue growth. After the graft bonds to your existing bone tissue, you’re able to accept dental implants.
Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from living your best life. Call the office today.