Dental implants are a complete game changer in the field of dentistry. Previously, dentists were only able to approximate real teeth when replacing them, but the treatments still left a lot to be desired. Implants, however, offer the next best thing to nature, providing a strong and natural-looking result that can also be trusted to last for decades. If you’re tired of dealing with missing teeth, you can now get this state-of-the-art solution right here in Wheaton with Dr. Lam. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, contact us today.
The reason dental implants are so revolutionary is because they are the only restoration that replaces the entire structure of a lost tooth. Regular bridges and dentures only bring back the visible portion of the tooth (the crown), and this inherently makes them less stable and more likely to breakdown than real teeth. Implants, on the other hand, use a small titanium post placed within the jawbone to replicate the root of a tooth, and this is then topped with a restoration.
This two-part construction not only makes implants extremely stable, but they also stimulate the jawbone, preventing the loss in bone density that is common after tooth loss. No other treatment can do this, and this helps maintain the overall shape of a person’s face over time.
Plus, because implants are anchored within the jawbone just like real teeth, they look just like real teeth as well. There aren’t any noticeable metal attachments needed to secure the implant, helping it blend seamlessly into any smile.
Dental implants are the only treatment to replace both the root and the crown of a missing tooth. A titanium implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone, which provides a secure foundation for your custom-made restoration. The process and material used allow a dental implant to closely look and feel natural. Dr. Lam takes the time to explain how the process works during your initial consultation to ensure you are confident in your decision to replace your missing tooth.
Whether you’re missing one, two, or even several teeth, dental implants are still a viable option for you. Dr. Lam can help you decide which of the following restorations is best for your particular situation:
To fill in a lone gap in a smile, an implant root can be placed into the jaw and topped with a dental crown. Because of the strength of the implant, the teeth around it won’t need to be shaved down to make room or provide support, better preserving someone’s natural smile.
Positioning just two implants on either side of the gap in a patient’s smile enables us to place an implant-retained bridge. It can bring back three or more missing teeth in a row, and it’s much more cost-effective than restoring each tooth individually.
With just four to six strategically placed implants, we can secure a denture directly to the jawbone, giving it a secure and lasting hold that a removable denture simply can’t match.
The placement of dental implants into the jawbone is a very complicated and sensitive procedure, which is why we refer our patients to one of our partner oral surgeons to perform this part of the treatment. Every one of our specialists has received years of advanced training, and each of them has literally placed thousands of implants over the course of their careers. Thanks to their expertise, we can make sure that when we restore a patient’s implants, we can guarantee that their new teeth are going to last a lifetime.
Dental implants are a highly-versatile procedure, and as a result, their cost can vary quite a bit from person to person. Someone who needs a single implant is probably going to pay less than someone who requires four, and because of the aesthetic concerns, replacing the front teeth usually costs more than the back. The only way to really know what your implants will cost is simply for you to come see us for a consultation. Beware of anyone who offers a flat-rate for implants—they are likely not of the highest quality!
Dental implants should be considered a long-term investment in your oral health. They might be more expensive than traditional bridges and dentures, but they provide better function and last much, much longer as well. Over the course of someone’s life, they’ll likely need to replace a bridge or denture multiple times, but implant patients often have the same restorations for decades at a time. In the long run, a patient will spend much less on implants because they don’t require as much maintenance or retreatment.
Are you considering joining the thousands of Americans who get dental implants each year but still have questions about the procedure? You have come to the right place. Dr. Kathy Lam has compiled some of the most common questions – and answers – about dental implants in Wheaton. Take the time to read through this dental implant FAQ section. Then, if you still want to know more – or if you are ready to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Lam – do not hesitate to give us a call!
Some patients worry that replacing their missing teeth with dental implants will be an extremely painful experience. In fact, there is no reason for concern! Dental implants are typically placed under a local anesthetic that numbs the mouth and prevents feelings of pain.
For more complex, lengthier cases that involve multiple implants, sedation can be provided to make patients feel relaxed and at ease during the surgical procedure. Sedation can also be used to help those patients that suffer from severe dental anxiety.
Dental implants are a long-lasting solution to filling in the gaps in your smile! With proper care, you can count on your new artificial teeth to remain in place for two decades – or even the rest of your life!
How long dental implants last is influenced by a variety of factors, such as:
Dental implant failure is extremely rare – in fact, dental implants enjoy a very high success rate of 98%! However, let’s look at the rare cases in which dental implants can fail and why they are not successful.
Osseointegration, the natural process in which an implant fuses with the jawbone, can be negatively impacted or even prevented by:
When osseointegration fails, the dental implant cannot provide the stable base necessary for an artificial crown or bridge.
Oral infections such as gum disease can also diminish the chances that an implant will heal properly. That is why it is critically important that patients who wish to replace missing teeth must practice excellent oral hygiene both before and after getting dental implants.
Caring for your dental implants is no more complicated than cleaning your natural teeth! Be sure to brush twice daily for a full two minutes each time. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a non-abrasive toothpaste when brushing. In addition, be sure to floss at least once day. Lastly, we encourage you to visit us every six months for a routine dental checkup and professional cleaning to help ensure that your dental implants – and the rest of your smile – remain in tip-top shape.
If you are an adult man or woman with at least one missing tooth, you likely make an excellent candidate for dental implants in Wheaton! Factors that contribute to the success of the procedure include whether the patient:
To find out more about dental implants and learn whether the procedure is right for you, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Lam today.