Dental implants are artificial teeth that are held securely in place with titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are held securely in place with titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone. The artificial crown tooth is attached to the post with an abutment or extension. Dental implants allow you to complete your smile with a restoration that allows you to bite and chew like you used to. Dental implants help to maintain the integrity of your jawbone density and save the jawbone from atrophying. This will help preserve the structure of your face.
The entire staff at Brechon Dental will embrace you as family. Being family owned for over two generations, we extend our compassion and caring concerns to all patients of all ages. Located at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008, we enjoy serving the entire community and the surrounding areas. Simply call 815-491-8032 with any dental questions or concerns and schedule your appointment today for an examination to see if you might benefit from a consultation for a dental implant.
Every year, almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss. Traditional dentures have historically been the best option for individuals in this situation, but there have been recent innovations regarding different varieties of dental implants and their implementation.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The entire procedure of receiving a dental implant will take several visits and several months to complete.
The very first step is at your initial evaluation. Brechon Dental will take x-rays to determine the density of your jawbone to see if it can support the dental implant. If your jawbone has atrophied, we may have to initiate the process by adding bone grafting. If there is a damaged or decayed tooth that must be extracted, we will remove it also.
After these preliminary steps are completed, we will begin the implant procedure by administering a local anesthetic to the immediate area. When the tissue is sufficiently numb, we will make a small incision to gain access to your jawbone. We will drill a small hole and insert the titanium post into your jawbone.
The next step takes some patience. It will take a few months for the post to grow or integrate with the jawbone. This is an important step because this is how the stability and strength are secured. When we are comfortable with the integration, we next add an abutment or extension to reach the surface of your gumline. Finally, we either screw or cement the artificial crown on the abutment and your dental implant is completed.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- An Upgrade from Dentures: Because they are secured to your jawbone, dental implants will not have to be removed, like dentures, which will improve your ability to chew foods and talk comfortably.
- Improved Aesthetics: Dental implants will improve the appearance of your smile as well as your jawline and prevent any changes in the shape of your face that can develop due to missing teeth.
- Structural Integrity: By filling gaps, dental implants not only preserve the original jawbone, but they also significantly reduce the likelihood of infections developing.
- Oral Health: Patients who have dental implants placed often claim an improved ability and likelihood to brush and floss regularly, which results in improved overall oral health.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last a long time, especially if well cared for. They can last decades.
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Dental Implants Vs Dental Bridges
If you are a candidate for a dental implant you may also consider a dental bridge, especially if you have not experienced significant bone loss. The dental bridge uses neighboring teeth as abutments, which places crowns or metal wings over these healthy teeth to keep the false tooth or teeth in place and fill the gap. There are several different types of dental bridges, including traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported bridges. Bridges are usually made from zirconia or porcelain, and the crowns are commonly made of porcelain.
An additional benefit with a dental bridge is that the procedure is less invasive and less painful. Dental bridges are also considerably faster and less costly. Dental implants will last much longer, so patients with dental bridges can end up spending more in the long run. Both treatment options are viable solutions for addressing missing teeth. Be sure to talk with Brechon Dental about which approach is best for you.
Proper Care of Your Dental Implant
One of the main contributing factors when it comes to the longevity of a dental implant is how you care for the implant. A dental implant should be treated just like a natural tooth and should be properly brushed and flossed. This will maintain the health of the gums, and your surrounding teeth.
Make sure to brush, floss and rinse out your mouth at least twice a day to ensure proper overall oral health.
Even though your new implant will be strong a healing process is required after the implant is installed. For the first couple of weeks, a diet consisting of softer food is recommended, with a slow introduction of harder foods. Your jawbone will need to acclimate to the new force that is being applied to it.
A dental implant is an excellent, long-term option for tooth replacement. If you are missing a tooth or need a tooth pulled, speak with Brechon Dental about whether a dental tooth implant is an option for you.
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Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.