From cavities to fractures, there are many reasons a tooth may need to be restored. Luckily, there are many ways to restore decayed and damaged teeth. Restorations include:
- Dental crowns
Sometimes, it may be necessary to replace old or worn restorations. If the entire tooth needs to be replaced one option stands above the rest: dental implants.
In existence for decades, dental implants have gained the reputation as the preferred method because they look natural and feel secure, just like "real" teeth.
For those with greater needs, modern approaches use a minimal number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth. Big Smile Dental's use of the least number of implants for maximum effect helps to contain costs associated with treatment. Implant supported dentures require just a few implants to stabilize an entire arch of teeth.
Implants are usually made from titanium alloy, a medical-grade material that is biocompatible, which means the implants can safely fuse with underlying bone. Since the implants are designed to be new tooth roots, the osseointegration process provides a stable foundation for restorations above the gumline.
An artificial tooth designed like a natural tooth allows a comfortable feel and the best function. Natural feel and function has been missing from conventional denture options. You may remember relatives complaining about how loose their dentures felt. Maybe you saw firsthand the difficulty they had eating or speaking as these dental prosthetics slid around.
While you avoid many of the common drawbacks associated with traditional alternatives, there are some important considerations:
- The success of the implant depends partly on the amount of underlying bone. The dentists at Big Smile Dental will assess density of the bone that supports the implant. They can recommend ways to prepare the treatment site for the implant, which increases the odds of the procedure being successful.
- Implant procedures have a low failure rate. To increase the odds of success it's important to practice good oral hygiene and follow post-treatment instructions as provided by the dentist.
- Artificial teeth do not decay like natural teeth, but inflammation can arise in the tissues around the implant. This condition is known as peri-implantitis, and it is similar to destructive gum disease.
- Habits such as smoking and medical conditions like diabetes are risk factors for implant-related infections.
Well-placed implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care. Dr. Siegel and his team set you up for successful dental restoration in Chicago IL. Ongoing care at home and in partnership with the Big Smile Dental team helps assure the long life of your new teeth. Call 773-772-8400 for appointments.