Traditional 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.
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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.