Losing a tooth affects more than your appearance. In fact, a single missing tooth may increase the risk of further tooth loss. To ensure optimal dental and overall health, people suffering tooth loss should schedule an appointment with their Park Ridge dentists. At Loukas Dentistry of Park Ridge, our team offers innovative dental implant procedures. According to research by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, implants boast a 95% success rate in tooth replacement. Dr. Thanasi Loukas and Dr. Maria Loukas have the knowledge and experience to return your smile to full function and appearance with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are small, screw-like devices that are inserted into the socket of a missing tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or provide a secure alternative to traditional dentures. Implants are topped with quality, custom-made crowns and on average can provide up to 25 years of restoration.
Placing Implant Posts
The first step to obtaining implants involves a consultation with your Park Ridge dentists. Dr. Thanasi or Maria Loukas will perform a thorough oral examination to assess the state of your dental health. If you are a viable candidate for an implant, they will select the best place to insert the implant. The implant post is made from titanium, a biocompatible metal. Once anchored in the jaw, your Park Ridge dentist will need to wait between four and six months for the area to heal. During this time, your bone tissue will bond with the post in a process known as “osseointegration.”
Restoring Dental Implants
Once the area has healed, you will receive your new restoration. An abutment will be added to the top of the implant. The abutment allows your new crown to be attached to the implant. The crown will be specially crafted using dental porcelain to mimic the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. As a result, your implant will be durable and completely natural looking. If you are receiving dentures, a full set of custom-made teeth will be attached to the implant posts, providing dentures that don’t slip or require adhesives.