Dental implant technology has made it easier than ever before for patients with missing teeth to restore their smiles. In this short article we are going to talk about what dental implant technology is, and how it is used to improve patients’ smiles.
Dental implant technology allows our dentist to place a replacement “tooth root” into the patient’s gum tissue and jawbone. This titanium root is designed to fill the spot where a natural tooth root would usually sit. Think about other replacement teeth—like traditional dentures and bridges: these treatment options all sit on top of the gum tissue. Only dental implants extend down into the foundation of a patient’s smile.
One way to use dental implant technology is to place a single dental implant for each missing tooth. A titanium root, with an abutment and a dental crown attached on top, will replace each missing tooth. In this case, the dental implant is a stand-alone replacement tooth.
Alternatively, our dentist can use mini dental implant roots in conjunction with other dental prosthetics. So, for example, mini dental implant roots can serve as the foundation for a full denture. Our Lincoln Park dentist will insert a few mini implant roots into strategic points along your jaw line. Then, our dental team permanently affixes the denture on top of the mini implant roots.
Implant-stabilized dentures are exceptionally comfortable and natural looking. Plus, they are easy to care for; you’ll simply care for your mouth by brushing/flossing, and using mouth rinse as recommended by your dentist.
Thanks to dental implant technology, dental patients today have many ways to restore their smiles after tooth loss. Gone are the days of one-size-fit-all, ill-fitting dentures!
If you would like to learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile, please contact our Lincoln Park dental implant dentists by phone, or through our website.