Dental implants give you a total smile makeover. Here's how.
It's estimated that 178 million American adults are missing at least one tooth from their full set. When one reads a statistic like that, it can feel like tooth loss is inevitable. Teeth function best when there is a full set; even just one missing tooth can start a cycle of pain, decay, and subsequent tooth loss. Maragos Dentistry in La Grange, IL is proud to offer dental implants, a revolutionary fix to this all-too-common problem.
How are dental implants placed?
A titanium post is the first part of a dental implant. It not only provides a sturdy foundation for the rest of the implant; it actually simulates the root of a natural tooth, which keeps your jawbone strong and your other teeth stable. Titanium is a strong, lightweight metal that integrates into the body without risk of rejection.
During an appointment at your La Grange dentist's office, the post is surgically placed beneath the gum line to replace the missing tooth. Most patients are surprised to learn that although it is considered a surgical procedure, the post placement is similar to having a cavity filled when it comes to the anesthesia used and the time spent in the dental chair. Healing typically takes a few days, but it will require several months to allow the post to fully integrate into the jawbone surrounding it.
After the healing process has finished, Dr. Maragos will attach an abutment to the post. This is the middle portion of the dental implant; it protrudes above the gum to hold a crown in place. These crowns, which are usually made of porcelain or ceramic material, are crafted to look just like natural teeth. They also function the same way the original tooth would. They don't just aid in chewing and talking; crowns also provide necessary support for the teeth next to them.
Low maintenance and long-lasting
Unlike older dental restorations like partials or dentures, dental implants are easy to take care of. They can be cared for in the same way that natural teeth are; daily brushing and flossing will keep them clean, while regular appointments with Dr. James Maragos will help monitor your implants. Proper care means that they can last a lifetime.
Could your smile benefit from dental implants? Don't wait another minute to fill in your smile. Contact the enthusiastic dental team at Maragos Dentistry in La Grange to learn more!