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Understanding dental implants

Surely, you've heard this proverb: "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck." If we apply this simple wisdom to answering the question of what is a tooth implant, Chicago dentists could give a very simple answer. It must be a tooth!

Tooth implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. They are so realistic some patients forget they are false teeth. We can’t rely on the wisdom of proverbs, so here is a slightly more technical definition. The term “tooth implant” refers to an implant supported restoration. There are usually three parts:

Dental implant – This is a tiny piece of titanium, implanted into your jawbone. It bonds with the bone, creating a perfectly stable base for your new tooth.

Abutment – This is the connector. Like the implant, it is never seen. The abutment attaches to the dental implant, and the new tooth.

Tooth – One of the great things about implants is their versatility. A single tooth can be replaced with one implant and a beautiful, porcelain crown. Every tooth in an arch can be replaced with several implants and a specially fitted cosmetic denture plate. Bridges or a series of crowns may be used if several, but not all, teeth are missing.

The process of placing implants is relatively simple, with a high success rate. Local anesthetic is sufficient to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. You may experience a little soreness or swelling for a few days. This should pass quickly, and it can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. You will need to wear a temporary restoration for a few months, while your jawbone grows around the titanium. When your implants are all settled in and stable, we’ll add the tooth or teeth.

Implants are quickly becoming the preferred method of tooth replacement for most patients. If you have missing teeth or a poorly fitting appliance call Big Smile Dental at and schedule an appointment today.

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