Park Ridge Dentists Answers FAQs About Tooth Loss & Dental Implants

forehead questionIf human teeth were meant to last a lifetime, then why do people lose them so often? Also, considering your teeth’s significance to the rest of your oral health, what should you do if you happen to lose one or more teeth? Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, have extensive experience replacing teeth that have lost for myriad reasons, and agree that knowledge and prevention can be your best weapons for maintaining your healthy, beautiful smile. Today, your Park Ridge implant dentists answer some of the more frequently asked questions about tooth loss & dental implants to help improve your knowledge and preventive power.

What causes tooth loss?

There are a number of possible reasons for tooth loss, such as a traumatic injury or severe tooth decay. The most common cause of tooth loss, however, is gum disease, which attacks the gums and jawbone that support your teeth. Gum disease cannot be cured once it’s fully developed, but it can be managed successfully with advanced periodontal maintenance and an improve dental hygiene routine. 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic root device that’s surgically inserted into your jawbone. Your jawbone fuses to the implant’s biocompatible titanium surface, securing it in place as it does your natural teeth’s healthy roots. One or more dental implants can be combined with a dental bridge, partial, or full denture to fully restore your mouth’s beauty, function, and stability.

Why should replacement teeth be anchored to one or more dental implants?

While traditional dental prostheses are custom-designed to replace the visual parts of your lost teeth (called the crowns), only dental implants can replace the roots of your lost teeth. Aside from increased security, dental implants can restore the chewing stimulation that helps keep your jawbone healthy, which diminishes with every lost tooth root.

Where Should You Go for Dental Implants in Park Ridge?

If you’ve suffered the loss of one or more teeth and would like to learn more about restoring them with dental implants, speak with Dr. Maria or Dr. Thanasi Loukas as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment with your Park Ridge implant dentists by calling Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919. Located in the 60068 area, we proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.