Kasia D. Lopez, DDS / PureDental

Chicago Dental Implants

Chicago Dental Implants Diagram

Dental Implants are designed to replace missing natural teeth. They consist of small, titanium root forms that are surgically placed into your jaw bone and covered with a porcelain crown that is custom fit for your mouth. Because they are permanent, it is unlikely you will ever have to deal with them again. Dental implants look, feel, and act just like your natural teeth. With dental implants, you will be able to eat whatever you want, and no one will know that you were missing any teeth.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental Implants are placed in two steps. First, an artificial tooth root is surgically placed into your jawbone just below the gumline. At many offices you will have to go to a separate oral surgeon for the root placement, but at Pure Dental Group, Dr. Peter Noto, our surgeon, does this right in our office.

For maximum stability and longevity of the dental implant, we like to give the bone adequate time to heal around the root form. This part of the process is called osseointegration, and it is the critical step that allows the implant to fuse to your jawbone. Once it has fully integrated, Dr. Lopez will place the crown or the bridge on the implant. With her artistic touch, she will make sure the color and the shape fit you perfectly, and it will look exactly like one of your natural teeth.

Dental Implants vs. Bridges

When you are replacing a single tooth, you basically have two options: A dental implant or a dental bridge.

Chicago dental bridge diagram

So what is a dental bridge? To replace a missing tooth with a bridge requires three teeth: the one being replaced and the two adjacent teeth. Two crowns would be designed for the adjacent teeth and a prosthetic tooth would be installed between them.

Depending on your health, the condition of the surrounding teeth, and other factors, we may recommend one or the other. An advantage of the dental implant is that nothing has to be done to the adjacent teeth. If those teeth are healthy and intact, it seems a shame to grind them down to place crowns on them. On the other hand, those teeth may need crowns anyway. In that case, the bridge may make more sense.

A dental bridge is generally faster. Since there is no healing time required for osseointegration, with a bridge you can replace the missing tooth right away.

Maintenance is easier with a dental implant. The connectors between the teeth when you have a bridge prevent normal flossing, so the use of a floss threader is required. And if anything ever goes wrong with any one of the teeth in a bridge, the entire bridge will have to be replaced. Dental implants don't have these complications.

If you have questions about whether or not you would be a candidate for dental implants, we would be happy to see you for a complimentary consultation. Dr. Lopez will spend about ten or fifteen minutes with you, so that you can ask questions about the procedures and to see if you feel that we're the right office for you and to help you decide if you would like to schedule an examination. Visit our request an appointment page, or call us at (773) 904-8400.

Chicago Dental Implants