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Chicago dental questions: How do implants work?

In every crowd, it seems like a few individuals always hog the limelight while others linger in the shadows. Dental restorations are no exception. Porcelain veneers are arguably the star of the show, with crowns, dentures, and other restorations also being highly visible. Yet one of the hardest working devices a dentist can place in your mouth sits quietly, out of sight.

Have you ever seen a dental implant? Probably not, unless it was in a dental office, or just a photograph. Dental implants in people’s mouths are hidden, below the gumline and underneath restorations. They are tiny and the procedure is virtually painless, yet they provide full support for replacement teeth, withstanding the crushing pressure of chewing. Think of mythological images depicting Atlas, tirelessly holding the Earth on his shoulders. Now imagine Atlas is an implant, and that globe is a tooth.

What was wrong with the old way?

People have tried for ages to place dental implants, but primitive efforts did not work. The modern technique was developed in the 1950s, and the popularity of implants has skyrocketed since then. However, dentists had methods of replacing teeth long before that, and those methods are still in use today. You might be wondering why implants are such a big deal. The answer is simple: Traditional dentures and bridges are good solutions for replacing missing teeth, but they have disadvantages. Put implants under those restorations, and they become fantastic solutions!
  • Bridges are supported by crowns, so the adjacent teeth must be re-shaped, even if they are healthy. Implants are supported by the jawbone, without impact on other teeth.
  • Bridges require extra time and effort to clean under the false tooth. If you don’t keep it clean, you are inviting gum disease and cavities in your healthy teeth. Implant-supported restorations need the very same care as real teeth do.
  • Dentures often slip or shift, making them uncomfortable. This also makes eating difficult, and it can be quite embarrassing. Implants don’t move.
  • Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area starts melting away, because it is no longer needed to support the root. Only dental implants replace the root, keeping the bone healthy.
Replacing a tooth is about more than just plugging a hole. It is about preserving your oral health, letting you eat anything you want, and giving you a head-turning smile. Choose the dental team that is known for creating celebrity smiles in Chicago. Call and schedule a consultation with Big Smile Dental today.


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