Some form of tooth replacement has existed for hundreds of years. And while the historical record suggests that George Washington's teeth were most likely not made of wood, the dental techniques used to replace anything from a single missing tooth to an entire set have grown increasingly more sophisticated throughout the years. From different variations of dentures to crowns and bridges, there is no shortage of options for people of all ages who have lost teeth as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or trauma from an accident. And with the advent of dental implants, dentists can now replace the root of a missing tooth as well.
Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Lagrange
Missing teeth can impact our health and self-esteem in a number of ways. From nutrition problems to the social anxiety that comes from impaired speech and embarrassment over missing teeth, tooth replacement is a vital investment in physical and emotional health and wellbeing. But replacing the crown of the tooth only addresses part of the problem. Lagrange, IL-based dentist Dr. James Maragos offers implants to restore the root of the missing tooth, to which a crown is then attached for a more secure fit.
A missing root causes a vacuum in the gums which eventually leads to the erosion of the surrounding bone tissue. An implant helps to anchor the new tooth in the jaw, and maintain the stability of the bone tissue - and as a result the remaining healthy teeth - in the process. Once it is surgically placed in the jaw, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone tissue. Once it has healed, a natural looking crown is attached. Implants can be used to secure a single crown, or as an anchor for a set of partial dentures. Patients in good health with enough underlying bone tissue are typically good candidates for the procedure.
Find a Dentist in Lagrange
Dental implants can give new life to a smile (and face) damaged by any degree of tooth loss. For more information and to find out whether you are a good candidate for implants, contact the office of Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. by calling 708-352-7358 to schedule an appointment today.