St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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Posts for: January, 2016

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
January 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants in St. Charles are today's outstanding choice for tooth replacement. Truly replacing a missing tooth from root to crown, a dental implant device and associated porcelain crown provides outstanding chewing, speech, appearance and even exercise for the jaw bone.Implants

Drs. Edmund Lipskis, Lynn Lipskis and Dana Lipskis of St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. work with dental implant specialists to provide their patients lifelike replacements for one or more teeth. Implants even support a partial or full arch of dentures! Could dental implants be the replacement solution for you?

Parts of a Dental Implant

The typical dental implant has 3 parts:

  1. a titanium screw that is surgically placed right into the patient's jaw bone
  2. a metal abutment or post, affixed to the implant at a later date after the surgical site has healed and the implant has integrated into the bone
  3. a natural-looking porcelain crown
Amazingly, the dental implant device itself possesses an affinity for human bone. Titanium integrates to the jaw through a natural process doctors and dentists call osseointegration. Osseointegration also stabilizes various joint replacements where titanium is used.
In dental applications, the titanium bonds so well to the jaw bone that it transfers the physical forces associated with biting and chewing to the jaw, helping it retain its original size and density. Without a dental implant, the jaw bone in an empty tooth socket quickly recedes. With enough missing teeth, bite height is reduced, facial appearance ages and skin wrinkles and sags.
Other Ways to Use Implants
Patients who have adequate jaw bone and overall good health make good implant candidates. Some people needing more than one or even all of their teeth replaced may receive implant-supported partial dentures, bridgework or even a full arch of teeth. The implant specialist places multiple implants, or sometimes, mini-implants, into the jaw, and the denture "snaps" onto the posts. Dentures may be either fixed or removable, depending on the patient's need and preference.
Implants Last
Dental implants boast great longevity. Traditional tooth replacement options, such as bridgework and partials, typically last 7 to 10 years. With good oral hygiene, including cleanings at St. Charles Family Dentistry, implants can last for decades.
According to the Dental Research Journal, the greatest threat is an infection called peri-implantitis. This inflammatory condition is similar to advanced gum disease. Inadequate brushing and flossing and/or cigarette smoking can threaten the bond between the titanium implant and the jaw bone, necessitating removal of the implant. In addition, chewing on a dental implant too soon before it is fully integrated may threaten its retention.
Sound Interesting?
If you have one or more missing teeth or are facing extractions, contact St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. for more information about how dental implants in St. Charles work and if they could be right for you. Call (630) 377-3131 today for a consultation.