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Chicago practice suggests several ways to afford the cost of dental implants

Dental implants can be a terrific lifetime solution for missing teeth. However, cost of treatment is naturally a concern. The team at Big Smile Dental in Chicago is passionate about helping you get the care you deserve. Here are some ideas to help make dental implants affordable on virtually any budget. Insurance  Many dental insurers pay for the lowest cost alternative to a dental implant. Reimbursement for the price of a partial denture or bridge can take a big chunk out of your implant bill. In addition, a portion of necessary extractions, diagnostics, and bone grafting could be covered. Medical … Continue reading

A Chicago dentist explains the dental implant surgery process

Dental Implant Surgery Chicago

Dental implants are one of the top requested dental procedures to restore a missing tooth, or to help stabilize dentures. Implants restore teeth from the roots to the crown. There are other ways to restore teeth, but the results are not always permanent, and may have other detrimental effects. In the cases of bridges and crowns, the bone mass of the jaw deteriorates because of lack of stimulation from tooth roots. This affects the lines of the face as the bone disappears. The implant itself is a small titanium rod that replaces the tooth root, and serves to transmit the … Continue reading

Chicago residents, read about a real tooth vs. an implant tooth

Real teeth vs. implant teeth, which are better? Real teeth, that is, the permanent set of teeth, have been around since the tooth fairy whisked away the final baby tooth and left the last bit of change. Most adults have their permanent set of real teeth, which are strong, resilient, durable, and beautiful. However, they can be subject to disease, accident, and other forms of damage and loss. Dental implants are used to replace those real teeth that have been lost due to those reasons. They are also made to be as close in form and function as possible to … Continue reading

Chicago dentist explains that teeth implants work just like real teeth

A tooth is made of many different parts and the dental implant procedure takes this feature into account to produce the most natural looking and natural functioning tooth replacement option available. Each of your teeth have different functions. For instance, the pointy canine teeth are designed to tear food. The wide molars at the back of the mouth grind food so it can be swallowed and digested properly. The relationship between the teeth, tongue, and lips helps you speak properly, which is why people who lose their teeth may develop a lisp or other problems with how words are pronounced. … Continue reading

Dentist discusses factors that contribute to long-term success of dental implants

Happy Dental Patient

Happy patient Dental implant-supported teeth are designed to last just as long as you do! After all, these new teeth rebuild extracted teeth from the root up. The dental implant itself is the tooth root, while the crown is the white part everyone sees above your gums. These two pieces are joined by a connector or abutment. Before the implant is even placed, Big Smile Dental staff will discuss factors that may affect the long-term success and lifespan of the new tooth. For instance, the negative effects of nicotine in cigarettes and chewing tobacco is well documented, but did you … Continue reading

The benefits of dental implants over other treatment options in Chicago are obvious

Benefits of dental implants

Losing a tooth can be a pain. Losing more than one can be devastating not only to the appearance of the smile but also to your overall quality of life. We need our teeth! Teeth keep us chewing and help us to digest our   food more easily. Teeth keep the smile looking natural and beautiful. Teeth keep us healthy, plain, and simple. When tooth loss occurs, all that really matters is replacing the missing tooth, right? Not so fast . . . Through decades of trial and error with existing treatment options, dental professionals have realized there is far more … Continue reading

Fill the gap with the best approach to Dental Implants in Chicago

By now, you may be aware of some of the benefits of dental implants – very different from the longtime “go-to” options of dentures and bridges. You may have seen a loved one grapple with daily denture upkeep, not to mention the slipping, sliding, cracking, and warping. For bridges, the thought of having to sacrifice two healthy teeth to fill one space may make you shudder. The implant itself makes all the difference. This tiny titanium post stands in as the tooth root. The abutment connects this “artificial” root or implant to the part of your new tooth that all … Continue reading

Handle missing teeth for good with help from your Chicago Dentist

Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you notice gaps when you smile? Do your dentures make you feel uncomfortable or even embarrassed? Do you long for the days when you could eat, smile, and hold a conversation without worrying that your teeth will slip out of place? Over the last century, the majority of tooth loss has been handled with dentures. At the time when dentures were at their height of popularity, there was no better option for replacing missing teeth. Therefore, the pitfalls of dentures simply had to be tolerated. Though dentists in Chicago and around the … Continue reading

Dentures aren’t just for seniors in Chicago

While there is no official count for the number of American’s who wear dentures, the total is estimated at 30 to 40 million. This includes about 57 percent of men and women in the 65 to 74 year age group, but there are also quite a few younger denture wearers, including some notable celebrities. They play their tooth loss close to the vest, but it is reported that the self-proclaimed world’s first supermodel, Janice Dickinson has false teeth, as well as Ben Affleck, and Snooki. What causes a need for dentures? A partial denture replaces one or several missing teeth. … Continue reading

Makeovers and reasons to smile

  Click on the image to view the video Do you avoid looking in mirrors, eating out, or speaking in public? Do you cover your mouth when you smile, and keep your lips closed tight when there is a camera around? Do you simply hate your teeth? Well, maybe they don’t like you much either. Your hair gets its special day at the salon, and your skin gets all kinds of fancy creams. The kitchen got a new coat of paint, and the car got some wax. Yet your poor teeth just sit there, accumulating stains, decaying, and mourning their … Continue reading



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