Dental Implants

Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants

December 23, 2015
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Older Couple HallwaySo you’ve lost a tooth, or two or three? Is this the worst possible thing that could happen to you? Sure, a smile with gaping holes from missing teeth may not be the most attractive thing to flash. Yes, a toothless smile can make you look older and give people the wrong impression about your status in life. However, there are swift solutions for replacing teeth and getting your grin back in good working order. Arguably the best possibility for restoring a smile where teeth need to be replaced is a dental implant procedure.

Dental Implant FAQs

Q1. Are dental implants only for people that who are missing all of their teeth?

A1. Not at all. Whether you require a single tooth, several teeth, or a full set of teeth, implant dentures are a great solution for many patients.

Q2. Can dental implants be cared for the same as regular teeth?

A2. Yes, dental implant dentures can be treated like regular teeth. You can brush and floss them, and even eat all of your favorite foods. They actually do stop a condition called facial collapse from occurring, though. The bio-compatible titanium posts that Read more »

Tooth Replacement has Come a Long Way

June 4, 2015
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Older Couple BeachTraditional dentures can be compared to contact lenses. Old dentures were very temporary, cumbersome, and obvious. However, technology has come a long way in terms of comfort and ease of use with false teeth. Still, dentures do require daily maintenance above and beyond regular hygiene. A similar analogy to dental implants would be laser eye surgery. Implants may require a little bit more from the procedural standpoint, but they set you up for a lifetime of smile freedom. Dr. Engelberg is here to explain a little more about dental implants, to help you decide if they’re the right tooth replacement option for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are comprised of synthetic structures that are attached to the area where a tooth used to be. Does this sound like traditional bridges and dentures? Well, the difference is, the implant is actually anchored with metal framework. Implanted directly into the jawbone, the artificial tooth then has a structure that mimics the roots of teeth. Different formations of prosthetic teeth can be designed to color match existing teeth. Whether you require a single tooth, several teeth, or a full set of teeth, implant dentures are a great solution for many patients.

How Do I Know Implants are Right for Me?

Just like laser eye surgery, not everyone is a candidate for one or more dental implants. In order for a dental implant to successfully fuse with your anatomy you must have enough jawbone density. A strong immune system is also necessary for the healing process of dental implant surgery. It may be worth it, however. Dental implants allow you the freedom of treating them just like normal teeth. You can eat foods that used to make your dentures slip, like corn-on-the-cob. You can experience the crunch as you bite into a delicious apple, again. You can brush your teeth like you used to. There are no sticky pastes or gels needed for attachment. You do, however, have to commit to strict oral hygiene to prevent infection and keep your new teeth shiny and bright. When properly cared for, dental implants can last the rest of your life.

ABOUT YOUR SCHAUMBURG DENTIST:

Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including; Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.

Many Benefits of Dental Implants

April 3, 2015
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Tim_HRDental patients who have missing teeth are graced in this day-and-age with several options to restore function and form. Traditional dentures served a great purpose for a long time, but new technology and advancements have allowed dentists to provide patients with restorations that more closely mimic the full structure of natural teeth.  Dental implants have become the modern solution for tooth loss.  Consisting of biocompatible titanium posts which are implanted into the jawbone to create an attachment point for a variety of prosthetic teeth options, dental implants are sturdy, easy to clean, and keep your jawbone density healthy.

Dental Implants Meet your Personal Needs

The types of dental implants most dentists offer are based on the number of teeth that need to be replaced: Read more »

Dental Implants—Not Just for Lost Teeth

December 6, 2014
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dental implants in the jawThey’re one of the most popular solutions for restoring your smile after losing teeth. Yet, some of the most important benefits of dental implants don’t involve your lost teeth, but rather your healthy natural teeth that still remain. As prosthetic replacements for the roots of missing teeth, implants help restore the many important functions that those roots once served. Among those functions is the preservation of your jawbone—which supports your teeth by their roots—and an improved chance of preserving the rest of your natural smile.  Read more »

Wheeling Dentist Cracks the Case of the Tooth that Never Was

July 30, 2013
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Missing ToothIf you’ve ever seen the film “The Hangover,” you may have found yourself wondering how they did the effect of a missing tooth on actor Ed Helms. The reason they were able to create such realism is because Mr. Helms actually took out a dental implant that he’s had since he was a teenager. His missing tooth was not the result of poor dental hygiene or an accidental injury. He was born with something called hypodontia, more commonly known as “congenitally missing teeth.” Hypodontia may not be a household name, but the condition actually affects nearly 20% of adults in the United States. Wheeling dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about the condition and how it can be treated.

A Statistic for the Wise

A big reason why the statistic for hypodontia is so high can be attributed to wisdom teeth. The number of adults affected by congenitally missing teeth would drop from 20% to around 5% without impacted wisdom teeth added in. Located in the back of our mouth, wisdom teeth are also known as our third set of molars. Second premolars, upper lateral incisors, and lower central incisors can also simply fail to materialize. Hypodontia is generally an issue surrounding your permanent teeth. There are a small number of cases of congenitally missing baby teeth.

Fixing the Problem

So what happens to a baby tooth when it’s permanent counterpart never appears? Baby teeth do not make suitable replacements for adult teeth. Without a permanent tooth to make primary teeth loose, however, there could be problems. Retained primary teeth are not designed to last. They will decay, become very loose and infected, and/or fall out. This will probably be desired, as they will not look cosmetically normal amongst the rest of your permanent smile. In most cases, extraction of the baby tooth will take place, if necessary. After that, just as Ed Helms did when he was 16, a dental implant might be the perfect option for replacing the tooth that never was. Read more »

Deerfield Dentist Talks Traditional Dentures

April 18, 2013
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DenturesDeerfield dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg offers customized full and partial dentures for patients who are missing teeth. There’s no doubt about it – the cosmetic deficiencies of missing teeth can be embarrassing. Beyond that, there are functional reasons for having a full set of teeth. As you age, teeth can shift and jawbone density can diminish. Full and partial dentures are great solutions for people that are missing all or some of their teeth. Dental implants have gained popularity as being the ultimate in dental restoration, however traditional dentures are a comfortable and affordable option for many.

Why Traditional Dentures?

Traditional dentures have more history than dental implants. They were sometimes referred to as “false teeth” in the past, and may be something you knew that your grandparents had. Perhaps you saw your grandma pulling out her partial denture, brushing it at the sink with a tooth brush and flashing you a gummy smile. Or maybe you remember seeing grandpa’s full dentures sitting in a glass of cleaner on the bed stand as he snored away. You may have figured that would likely be your reality when you were that age, and it was just a part of life. That familiarity coupled with the less invasive procedure involved with getting fitted for dentures may compel you to go that same route for your missing teeth. Read more »

Chicago Dentist Explains Dental Implant Recovery Time

April 2, 2013
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OlderMalePatientWe have spoken in previous blogs about the details of dental implant retained dentures. They are among the most versatile, reliable, and attractive options for restoring missing teeth. The basics have been highlighted: titanium rods designed to function as tooth root replacements are implanted through your gum tissue and into your jawbone. Prosthetic tooth replacements are attached to these biocompatible posts and you’re good to go. Well, after recovery, that is. Many patients have that in their list of top questions: how long will long will recovery take if I undergo this surgery? Your Chicago dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about what to expect in terms of healing from dental implant procedures.

Easier Than You Think

First and foremost, if you are in good general health, depending upon the number of implants and location of the posts, dental implant placement should be a reasonably comfortable procedure for the majority of patients. If it is only a single implant placement in an area with healthy jawbone tissue, you may be able to get by with very little or even no downtime. If bone and/or gum grafting is necessary in your case, you may be looking at a slightly longer recovery process. Your dentist will give you specific instructions as to just how easy you should take it following your surgery. Read more »

Palatine Dentist Explains How Dental Implants Feel Natural

March 22, 2013
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Apple ImplantsDental implants have an esthetic advantage because they replacing vertical height to your smile. As an added bonus, implants can help to smooth deep wrinkles, prevent jawbone deterioration, and align what was once a crooked smile.  and misaligned smiles. Many patients are particularly impressed with the way dental implants feel like natural teeth. Your Palatine dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will explain how dental implant dentures closely mimic natural teeth, leading to a satisfying dental restoration for patients.

Tooth Anatomy

To understand how dental implants mimic natural teeth, it might help to have a crash course on the natural structure of the teeth you’re born with. Teeth are comprised of two basic parts: the crown and the roots. Different teeth will have different shaped crowns. These structures help to serve various purposes. The crowns of your cuspids are pointier than other teeth because their role is to tear through food that you consume. If you are a steak lover, you’re probably pretty grateful to have healthy and strong cuspid teeth.  You have one to four tooth roots in each tooth, depending on the size.

Dental Implant Anatomy

A dental implant mimics the size and shape of the tooth crown, and the function of the roots. Just as with your natural teeth, dental implants are composed of two parts:  a ceramic crown and a biocompatible titanium rod. This represents the natural crown and root, and as far as your body is concerned, they are one-in-the-same. The rod holds the prosthetic tooth crown securely in place much like a tooth root. This means that patients with dental implants can eat their favorite foods without worrying if their dental restoration will slip or shift. The ceramic crown is fabricated to look exactly like a natural tooth’s structure and color.

Contact your Palatine Dentist for a Dental Implant Consultation

To find out if you would make a good candidate for dental implants, call our  60067 dentist office at 847-259-6988 for an appointment. We are proud to serve patients from the Chicago suburbs of Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Schaumburg, Barrington, Long Grove, Deerfield, Wheeling, the 60067 zip code, and the surrounding communities.

Are Dental Implants Right for You, Part 2

December 13, 2012
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Last week we spoke about the basics of dental implants. Improved functionality, jawbone health, and long lasting results were among the reasons that dental implant dentures are the best choice for so many patients. Today, in part 2, Wheeling dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will discuss some of the expectations you should have, whether or not you might make a good candidate for the procedure, and why many people consider dental implants to be the ultimate in teeth restoration.

Potential Drawbacks of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a wonderful choice for many, but they aren’t guaranteed to be the best choice for everyone. Since the bio-compatible posts are inserted directly into your jawbone, healthy bone density is a requirement for a successful dental implant procedure. Unfortunately, when decay and gum disease are allowed to progress to a point where complete tooth loss occurs, your body will stop sending nutrients and minerals to that area of the mouth. Eventually, this can greatly affect your bone density. Going in for a consultation as soon as tooth loss occurs is a great idea if you hope to be a dental implant candidate. Read more »

Are Dental Implants Right for You? Part I

December 7, 2012
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That missing tooth might not seem like a big deal, but it has the potential to cause serious health problems. Gaps in your smile encourage your remaining teeth to shift, leading to misalignment, worn enamel, and an increased chance of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and a range of issues with your TMJs. Your Arlington Heights dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, answers some commonly asked questions about dental implants, the latest development in tooth replacement technology.

What are Dental Implants?

As opposes to dental bridges and dentures that only replace the portion of the tooth above the gum (referred to as the crown of the tooth), dental implants replace the entire root and crown structure of a tooth. Dental implants are comprised of three distinct parts:

1)      The Implant. An oral surgeon inserts the implant into the jaw. The implant fully integrates with the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration.

2)      The Abutment. The portion screws into the implant and serves as the support structure for the prosthetic restoration. Read more »