At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we improve our patient’s lives through quality dentistry. While our goal is to help our patients keep their teeth for a lifetime. We can also help when teeth are lost. Dr. Anthony Markiewicz and Dr. David Markiewicz offer patients of all ages quality comprehensive Restorative Dental care that and can provide replacement for a missing tooth/teeth with Dental Implants, Dental Bridges, Removable Partial Dentures, and Full Dentures. The doctors at Markiewicz Dental are frequently able to provide all the Restorative Dental services needed to restore your mouth to an optimal function. Contact us to find out how we can help you. Also, we have additional resources at our Dental Implant FAQ page.
Dental Implants – The Best Option for Replacing Missing Teeth
Of all the Restorative Dental options available for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are often the best. Not only do dental implants provide you with long-lasting results, but implants also help save tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Bone loss is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth.
A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone and space vacated by the missing tooth. This post serves as the missing tooth root and the base for the artificial crown which will be placed at a later date. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is usually quite minor and requires only a local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, a custom-made crown is placed on top of the implant which matches your existing natural teeth. The documented success rate of dental implants is over 95%.
How Dental Implants Can Be Used
Dental implants are versatile and can replace missing teeth in several ways. Implants can be used as:
Single Tooth Replacement – When used to replace a single tooth, a single implant is placed into the bone to replace the tooth root and a crown is placed on top of the implant to simulate an actual tooth. This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. A dental implant will never decay nor need root canal treatment and feels and functions just like the tooth it has replaced.
Multiple Tooth Replacement – When one or more teeth are missing, it is not always necessary to have one implant for each missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can serve as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if three teeth in a row are missing, an implant can be placed on either side of the gap and a crown placed in between that has no implant underneath. This means there is no need to use any of the existing natural teeth as bridge supports to keep the natural teeth strong and make them more resilient against decay.
Support for Removable Dentures – Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss wherein the jaw shrinks, and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. Dental implants can make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. When a removable denture is attached to implants, the pressure is transferred into the bone structure rather than the bone surface to prevent slippage when eating and speaking while preserving the bone underneath.
For Permanently Replacing All the Teeth – Implants can be used to support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and never removed. In some cases, the new teeth can be supported by as few as four implants which is comparable to the structure of a table which only needs four legs to hold it up. In cases where the jawbone's density and volume have deteriorated, five or six implants may be needed to support a row of ten to 12 teeth. The dental implants used to replace all the teeth protect the jawbone, do not slip, and should last a lifetime.
Dental Implant Care and Maintenance
The only two ways a dental implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused are poor oral hygiene and excessive biting forces. If a patient with dental implants does not maintain good oral hygiene and neglects to have regular professional cleanings, a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis can develop. This is why it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for routine exams and cleanings. Excessive biting forces can come from a teeth clenching or grinding habit or from an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by the bite. Patients receiving dental implants will receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And for patients who grind or clench their teeth, a special nightguard will be recommended to protect the implants.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Most people are candidates for dental implants, but in order to be sure, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation and an oral examination.
CONTACT YOUR MUNDELEIN AND HAWTHORN WOODS DENTIST TODAY!
If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for our Hawthorn Woods and Mundelein dental implants, we encourage you to give us a call at (847) 566-2811. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you attain a more beautiful smile!