Many of us are constantly thinking about what’s missing in our lives. It could be something materialistic such as that designer handbag you’ve been eyeing for weeks (maybe months?) or something spiritual like a higher power to believe in. However, for certain people that something missing is an integral part of their body: a tooth.
Dental implants are an option for anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease or an injury. Some children never develop their full set of teeth. Many adults have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay.
BETTER THAN DENTURES
Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial (jaws and face) surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion of the implant and bone provides stability, exactly as the natural tooth did.
DENSE BONES & HEALTHY GUMS
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Brittany Dickinson and her team at Chicago’s Sugar Fix Dental Loft don’t want you to live with any distressing smile imperfections. As long as you have sufficient bone density and healthy gums, secure placement of an implant can be done. The implant itself is a titanium post that functions as the root of the tooth. The placement of the titanium implant post (your replacement tooth) and the piece that connects them (an abutment) is spread into different stages requiring three separate appointments.
First, oral surgery must be performed to place the titanium implant in the jawbone. The goal is for the bone tissue to grow around the implant so it stays securely in place and anchors the new tooth. It may take several months for the implant and surrounding bone tissue to completely heal.
At Sugar Fix Dental Loft, we are happy to take care of your needs (fun fact: Dr. Dickinson loves performing surgery!). If your individual case is extremely complex, we may need to refer out to a specialist. The Sugar Fix team will work unfalteringly to complete your case to perfection.
Next is another, although less invasive, a surgery called abutment placement. The abutment is a small piece that is affixed to the top of the titanium post and holds the prosthetic tooth in position. Healing should take several weeks following the procedure.
Lastly, Dr. Emery will attach the replacement tooth by cementing the dental prosthetic (usually a crown) onto the exposed portion of the abutment (the part that is screwed into the implant, remember). The tooth will be made of either porcelain or acrylic and will match the appearance of your natural surrounding teeth.
A DENTIST’S DUTY
As a restorative and cosmetic dentist, reinstating an individual’s teeth to their optimal health is Dr. Dickinson’s number one priority. When any part of the mouth, such as a tooth, has been lost to disease or injury, reconstructing it to proper form and function is the goal. If you are looking for a permanent, natural-looking solution to replace missing teeth, Dr. Dickinson at Sugar Fix Dental Loft can help.