Do you want to know more about dental implants from your Palatine, IL, dentist?
Dental implants are used to replace missing tooth roots. They are a more technologically advanced appliance, compared to dentures, which were once used.
What are dental implants?
Dr. Herman Salzberg says dental implants are synthetic structures that replace missing tooth roots and prevent the jawbone from collapsing because it lacks support. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate. In order to be a candidate and ensure a successful procedure, you must have proper bone density, a strong immune system, and healthy oral regimen.
Smokers and alcohol consumers are usually not good candidates for this procedure, but make sure you contact your Palatine dentist to be sure.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Implants mimic natural teeth.
- Implants are biocompatible so you don't need to worry about tissue rejection.
- They're made of strong metal or ceramic.
- They can last a lifetime but you need to maintain them.
- They have a 95% success rate, making them one of the most successful procedures.
What does the dental implant procedure consist of?
Your dentist first administers local anesthetic to numb the area. Then he drills into the bone, inserts a titanium post, and seals the surgical area so that it can heal for about 3 to 6 months. You're given a temporary crown to be able to go about your regular activities until you go back to your dentist's office.
You may need to come in before the final procedure to ensure everything is going as planned.
After those months, the titanium post will have fused to the jawbone is a process called osseointegration. The dentist then re-opens the area inserts a screw, then an abutment and, finally, a crown that matches the rest of your teeth.
For more information on dental implants in the Palatine, IL, call Dr. Herman Salzberg, at (847) 359-6766 today!