Dental implants, the preferred solution for missing teeth

Dental implants are rapidly becoming the preferred solution for one or more missing teeth. Dental implants in Downers Grove are as stable as natural teeth; they look, feel and act every bit as good as natural teeth.

Although patients can turn to dentures and bridges, neither is as trouble free or durable as implants. Dentures tend to slip and impair the joy of eating, a bridge requires that teeth either side of the missing tooth be weakened by grinding down to accommodate the bridge. With a dental implant, both problems are effectively eliminated. A dental implant is a titanium peg that is embedded directly into the jaw bone; this acts as a replacement root. A crown is fitted to the top of the new “root,” the result is a tooth that looks, acts and feels like the natural tooth it replaces.

Implants outperform dentures and bridgework:

Up until the mid 1960s there were only two solutions; dentures and bridges. Neither solution was perfect, dentures are not permanently set and as a result tend to move around in the wearers mouth. Fixed bridges, although fixed, require that the teeth either side to be ground down which can easily lead to decay.

As dental implants in Downers Grove are set into the jaw and require no additional support, they do not move nor is there the unnecessary involvement of adjacent teeth.

What is a dental implant?

An implant consists of three specific components; the actual titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone, an abutment that sits on the exposed part of the implant and a crown which sits on the abutment. The key to success with a dental implant is the fact that titanium fuses with bone which in turn provides an extremely stable “root.”

With an almost perfect success rate and many years of use, dental implants in Downers Grove are “hands down” the better solution for missing teeth.
Dr. Bannon would be happy to help you review dental implants or dentures as well as bridges to help you bridge that gap. Visit PatrickJBannonDDS.com to know more.

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