Never underestimate the importance of your teeth. You need then to chew your favorite foods, charm a stranger with your smile, and make those funny faces behind the boss's back. Of course, if you've lost a tooth, or several teeth, you probably already know that you have a problem. What you need from us is a solution, and we've got a great one: Dental implants.
An implant is not a complete replacement tooth; it is a replacement root. When you look at your own smile in the mirror, you want to see teeth. You probably aren't very interested in replacing the part that hides below the gum line. So, why does your dentist think it's so important?
The first reason is oral health. Dentists tend to worry about that a lot, even if all you want is a nice looking smile. And your smile won't look good for long if it isn't healthy. Implants have two big advantages in this department. First, the restoration is supported solely by the implant, so we don't have to alter your remaining teeth and turn them into supports. The other reason is your jawbone. If you're like most people, you are rather attached to it, and would like it to stay around awhile. However, if it doesn't have a tooth to hold up, via either a root or an implant, it will start fading away.
The true beauty
Implants are popular largely because of their health benefits. And the convenience of oral hygiene. And the fact that you can chomp down on your favorite foods without worry. And the fact that they can last a lifetime. Okay, they are popular for a lot of reasons, but some people ask if implants really look any better than alternatives. After all, the implant itself is hidden from sight. The answer is both yes and no.
The most important factor in the appearance of your new tooth is your dentist, not the type of restoration. An artistic eye, extensive dental skill, and high-quality materials can result in a beautiful tooth, no matter how it is attached. However, only implants mimic the anatomy of a real tooth. Unlike dentures, they will not slide around, which can position your "teeth" at some very unnatural angles. Even more importantly, dental implants help preserve your facial structure. Remember what we said about the jawbone fading away after tooth loss? Besides the oral health implications, this can alter your jawline, and the overall shape and contours of your face. It can even hasten wrinkling, because there is less structure for the same amount of skin.
The beauty of implants is that you don't have to sacrifice beauty for health, or vice versa. You can enjoy the best of both worlds, and celebrate with your favorite meal. Call 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment at Big Smile Dental in Chicago today.