Dental implants are the best solution for replacing missing teeth. These small titanium posts are surgically placed in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots and support restorations. They can also protect your overall oral health by preventing the jawbone atrophy that occurs in the absence of tooth roots. In fact, they are the only restorative solution that provides this important advantage.
At the office of Robert W. Hessberger, D.D.S., we place and restore dental implants to give you a balanced, functional, and beautiful smile. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, contact our Chicago, IL, office today.
About Dental Implants
Implants are small, biocompatible titanium posts that act as anchors for dental restorations. Your dentist will surgically position them in your jaw to provide outstanding support for your crowns or dentures. Following placement, the implants become permanently fused to the bone in a process called osseointegration.
In many cases, Dr. Hessberger will place implants here in the office, but if you have complex needs, he may refer you to a local oral surgeon. Placing implants typically requires two surgeries. During the first, the dentist will place the implants in the jaw, and stitch the gums closed over the surgical site as the implant and bone become fused. We will provide you with all the information you need to ensure a comfortable recovery period.
Once your bone and gums have healed, and the implants have become a permanent part of your jaw, you will have a second surgery, in which Dr. Hessberger will attach abutment pieces to the posts. Next, he can restore your implants with a crown, bridge, or denture, which will be crafted by our trusted partner lab. Their technicians will craft your restoration using beautiful, durable materials that will blend seamlessly with your smile.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are a number of reasons to choose dental implants. First, implants hold your restorations securely in place, even when you are eating foods that might be off-limits with other types of dental restorations. You will be able to chew, speak, and smile in absolute confidence. Meanwhile, if you practice good dental hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, your implants could last the rest of your life. They are also the only type of restoration that can prevent jawbone degeneration following tooth loss. In essence, implants are not just an investment in your smile, but also your quality of life.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Although implants offer the very best support for replacing missing teeth, they are not right for everyone. Dr. Hessberger provides free consultations to explain more about this treatment and assess your candidacy for implants. He will take x-rays and a CT scan to evaluate the state of your jaw. If you have suffered significant bone atrophy, you may need a bone graft to restore lost tissue. However, in many circumstances, Dr. Hessberger can place implants at a slight angle to maximize your remaining bone structure. As with all of our treatments, the very best way to determine your candidacy is to book a consultation with Dr. Hessberger.
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Don't suffer any longer with a compromised smile. To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, contact our office today.