What are dental implants?

Dental implants are modern tooth replacements that can be used to replace a single missing tooth, a few missing teeth, or all of the teeth. The implant itself is a small titanium post that is installed in the jawbone, where it fuses with your natural bone tissue. This provides a strong, stable foundation for the replacement tooth. The implant restoration is then attached on top of the implant post to complete your tooth replacement and to restore your smile. Depending on your personal dental needs and which teeth are missing, your implant restoration may be a dental crown, a bridge, or a denture.

What can dental implants be used for?

No matter which teeth are missing, dental implants may be a good option for restoring your smile.

  • Single missing tooth – If you are missing just one tooth, a dental implant with a crown provides a natural-looking replacement for both the root and crown of the tooth.
  • Several missing teeth – When several teeth are missing, our dentists may recommend using several implants to support several independent crowns. Alternatively, we can use a partial denture supported by one or more implants.
  • All teeth missing – In this case, dental implants can support a bridge, dentures, or multiple individual crowns.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants hold several advantages. They reduce the impact on surrounding teeth, which helps to lessen wear on your natural teeth and tissues. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, and our dentists will make certain that your implants are comfortable and secure.

For more information about dental implants in Chicago, Illinois, and to schedule your implant consultation with Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Flicker, and Dr. Sher, please call us today at The Dental Implant Associates.