Updated: Apr 8
Today, there are numerous options for tooth replacement. However, dental implants are the only one that replaces both the missing crowns and roots of teeth. By closely mimicking nature, dental implants have several advantages over other methods, including:
Stop bone loss: When a tooth is lost, the bone around the tooth begins to deteriorate. By replacing the root, jawbone loss can be halted.
Healthy surrounding teeth aren't compromised: Crown and bridgework requires that otherwise healthy adjacent teeth be reduced and crowned, causing possible deterioration down the line. Dental implants affect only the replacement site.
Strong and long-lasting: Dental implants are extremely stable because the implant fuses naturally with the jawbone. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Natural looking and feeling: Because dental implants are fused with your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about them moving around in your mouth, making them feel and look more natural than other restorative treatments.
Indications for Dental Implants
One great benefit of the dental implant process is that it can help a variety of patients and isn’t limited by the location of your missing teeth. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kahina King will inform you about what implant-retained tooth-replacement solution will benefit you.
Missing Single Tooth
If you have a single missing tooth, it’s just as important to replace as an entire arch, because it can cause your oral health to decline over time. For this situation, we’ll likely offer an implant-retained dental crown. Without having to alter your surrounding healthy teeth, we’ll be able to replace the entire structure of your missing tooth with a custom-crafted dental crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Whether you’re missing multiple consecutive teeth or several teeth that are located throughout your mouth, an implant-retained bridge would do the trick. We can place as few as two dental implants and anchor your replacement teeth to them, completing your smile.
Missing All Teeth
Missing an entire arch or all of your teeth can drastically impact your everyday quality of life and make it difficult to complete basic daily tasks. In this case, we can place four to eight implants to attach a customized denture to.
The Dental Implant Procedure
After your dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, you’ll undergo a lengthy healing process. This allows your gums to fully recover and your titanium implants to naturally bond with your jawbone to create a strong and sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth to be placed on. At Lakefront Dental, we partner with trusted periodontists or oral surgeons to complete the surgery-portion of the procedure.
After your surgery, our implant dentist will take over to take impressions for your permanent crown, bridge, or denture. We’ll send our specifications off to our dental laboratory and wait for your replacement teeth to arrive. Once they do, we’ll call you back in for your final appointment to secure your teeth to the connector pieces (abutments) that were fastened to the top of your implants. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your newly transformed set of pearly whites!
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant procedure is different, which makes it difficult to place a single price on the treatment. To learn what the cost of replacing your missing teeth will be, contact our office to schedule a consultation today. Our implant dentist in Chicago will discuss your options and develop a detailed treatment timeline that will answer questions like how long the process will take and how much your entire procedure will cost. If you have any additional questions, our team will be more than happy to help get them answered.