When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the most state-of-the-art solution available in modern dentistry. If you’re looking to replace a missing tooth, schedule an appointment today with Maja Simic, DDS, at Smile Dental Studio Glenview in Glenview, Illinois. Dr. Simic can enhance your smile with a high-quality dental implant and restoration that will make you think your natural tooth grew back. Book your visit today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They’re surgically implanted into your jawbone and can be used in conjunction with a restoration like a crown, bridge, or dentures to fully replace your tooth or teeth and give you a brand new smile that looks and feels just like the real thing.
Implants are made of biocompatible titanium, which means that your body doesn’t recognize it as a foreign substance. This allows your implant to actually fuse with your jawbone as you heal from the placement surgery. Because the implant effectively becomes a part of your bone, it makes a very strong and sturdy foundation for holding your implant restoration, and feels and functions just like a natural tooth.
One of the biggest benefits of implants is that they prevent bone loss in your jaw. Your natural teeth are constantly providing stimulation to your jawbone, and when you’re missing a tooth in your smile, that lack of stimulation causes the bone in that area of your jaw to start deteriorating.
That bone loss not only leaves your jaw weaker, but it also affects your appearance, as your facial muscles around your missing tooth start to atrophy and sag into the missing space. By providing consistent stimulation to your jawbone, implants prevent that bone loss, keeping your smile healthy and your overall appearance looking great!
Dr. Simic first takes an X-ray of your smile to determine the best placement for your implant and then numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic. Next, she makes a small surgical incision in your gum, drills a tiny hold in your jawbone, and places the implant.
Your implant fuses with your jawbone over the next few months, after which point you come back to Smile Dental Studio Glenview so that Dr. Simic can place your abutment. The abutment is a tiny post that connects to your implant, sticks up out of your gum, and holds your restoration.
Once you’ve healed from your abutment placement, Dr. Simic takes an impression of your mouth, fabricates your crown, bridge, or dentures, then seals it to the abutment. You’ll leave the office with a brand new smile that feels just like your natural teeth grew back.
If you have a dental implant that wasn’t replaced properly, or the visible portion of your dental implant needs to be replaced, talk to Dr. Simic about your implant restoration options.
To learn more about how Dr. Simic can improve your smile with dental implants, call the office or book a visit online today.