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This is more common than you may think. Almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 have lost a tooth because of an accident, periodontal disease, tooth decay or another reason, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Furthermore, one in four adults has lost all of their permanent teeth by the age of 74.
If you are tired of the way your smile looks, or annoyed by how the missing tooth affects your everyday life, Dr. Jack Manikowski of Lincoln Park Smiles can help. Dr. Jack offers dental implants in Chicago, which are placed in your jaw and feel and function like normal teeth. With an astoundingly high overall success rate of 95 percent, experts agree that in many cases, dental implants are the most trusted tooth replacement.
What Can Dental Implants Treat?
Here are some of the common complaints Dr. Jack is able to address with dental implants:
- You feel like everyone you encounter notices the gap(s) in your mouth.
- Your bite feels “off” and biting/chewing has become difficult.
- You try to avoid speaking or smiling in public, so people don’t look at you.
- You have noticed your facial appearance changing.
- Your gums look like they are deteriorating.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you are missing one or more permanent teeth. You should be in good health, not smoke and be diligent about your oral hygiene habits. Your jawbone also needs to be strong enough to support the implant posts. However, if you do not have sufficient bone structure, he can recommend bone grafting in preparation of implant placement.
In order to determine your candidacy for dental implants, it’s best that you meet with Dr. Jack at our practice. He can perform an oral examination and talk about your personal goals and needs during your visit.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are embedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. The first step of implants treatment is to surgically place the implant post, which is made of titanium materials and resembles a small screw. The post is placed in the bone directly underneath the gap left by the missing tooth.
Once it is in place, the implant post must heal and anchor to the jaw during a process called osseointegration.
When the implant site has healed, the post is topped with a prosthetic tooth (usually a crown). A small piece called an abutment securely connects the post and the tooth. Any last-minute adjustments for fit are made, and the tooth is polished so it matches the rest of your teeth.
Overall, the implant placement process takes several months. While that may seem like a long time, remember that your implant will last for many years with the proper care.
Your Beautiful Smile: Restored
After your implant has healed, you can begin to enjoy its beautiful appearance and proper function. Your new tooth will blend in beautifully with the surrounding teeth and enhance your entire smile. Also, the implant will feel stable and secure in your mouth. In addition, a dental implant cannot develop a cavity; in this sense dental implants are even better than natural teeth. You will find that eating, smiling and speaking are no longer challenging. It’s likely that you will prefer your implant to your original tooth!
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