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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dental Implants

When teeth are lost, it's best to replace them. The traditional method is a dental bridge, which requires the teeth on each side of the socket to be shaved down to accept a crown. Connections between the crowns and the pontic (porcelain tooth) anchor the new tooth. This process is less than ideal on two counts:
  • It requires the removal of healthy enamel from the supporting teeth; and
  • It does not address the gap inside the jawbone, where the tooth root used to be.

Missing teeth can now be replaced, root and crown, using dental implants. An implant consists of a titanium cylinder that is inserted into the socket the missing tooth used to occupy. Titanium is well received by the body and the bone does not reject it, but grows in around it closely. This secures it permanently to the jawbone in a process called ossification.

After the two or three months required for this bone growth, a small projection is attached to the top of the implant. The gums are allowed to heal around it for a couple of weeks. Then a porcelain crown is bonded to that projection and caps off the implant, creating a new permanent tooth, complete with root.

When considering dental implants, it is important to find a qualified cosmetic dentist with many years of experience. If you live in the Chicago area and would like to learn more about how dental implants can help, please contact us at the Colonial Dental Group to schedule an initial consultation.

posted by Patti at 12:45 PM


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