Dental implants are a natural-looking replacement for missing or damaged teeth in Litchfield, IL. They are a popular choice for our patients because they offer the most realistic and functional solution to tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
The unique three-part design is key to the success and functionality of dental implants. Each part plays a significant role in the overall function and aesthetics of the restoration:
- The titanium screw is the base and replaces the tooth root. Its integration with the jaw bone provides the support needed for the remaining two parts.
- The metal abutment is the connector piece between the screw and the prosthetic.
- The prosthetic crown looks and functions just like a natural tooth and attaches to the screw via the abutment.
What are the benefits?
Several options are available for replacing damaged or missing teeth, but dental implants offer patients the most benefits. They are the only solution that addresses the jaw bone atrophy commonly seen with tooth loss. Additionally, they also provide the following advantages:
- Improved oral function
- Increased confidence
- Long-term stability
- Versatility in treatments
- Jaw bone integration
The practical design of dental implants allows them to provide functional benefits not seen with other solutions. The integration of the screw and the jaw helps maintain healthy bone and allows for normal oral function. They are the best restoration option for your smile, your function, and your overall health. Contact our office in Litchfield, IL, to learn more about the benefits and details of this treatment.
The versatility of dental implants is one of their many advantages; they can be used in a wide range of restorative procedures. Most commonly, they are used to restore individual teeth, though they can also be used to support a bride or a full-arch replacement. During your consultation appointment, your oral surgeon will examine your condition to determine the most appropriate treatment to fit your needs. This meeting is also an excellent opportunity to discuss your goals for treatment, ask any questions you have, and choose your form of sedation.
We will schedule your surgical appointment for a later date to allow you time to review your pre- and post-operative instructions. When you return to our office, our team will lead you to the procedure room and administer your anesthesia. Once the sedation has taken effect, your doctor will carefully place the implant screw into the empty tooth socket. In most cases, he will sew the gums over the implant and send you home to recover after sedation has worn off. In more rare instances, he may attach the abutment to the screw in the same procedure.
After the screw has fused adequately with the jaw bone and your restorative dentist has completed your custom-designed crown, you will return to the office. We will attach the abutment (if it wasn’t done previously) and connect the prosthesis, completing the restoration and your brand-new smile.
Dental Implants in Litchfield, IL
If you are missing teeth or have damaged teeth that require extraction, contact our office in Litchfield, IL, to learn more about dental implants. We are happy to answer any of your questions and can schedule a consultation appointment for you with one of our oral surgeons. We look forward to hearing from you.