When you have a tooth that is failing or already missing, normal daily activities can become difficult. Chewing and eating food may be challenging or even painful, while the thought of smiling or talking to others may cause you embarrassment.
Replacing your tooth with a dental implant can be an excellent solution for not only restoring your smile, but also improving your oral health. Here's what you should know about dental implants in Elgin, IL.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants replace both your tooth and your root, which gives you the look and feel of a natural tooth. A titanium post (the implant) is placed into your jawbone during a simple surgical procedure. Your implant needs time to heal, during which it will naturally integrate with your bone and become part of your dental anatomy just like your root. This is possible because titanium is biocompatible and it triggers a process called osseointegration.
When your implant has healed and fully integrated, it is now ready to support your new tooth, which is a porcelain crown designed to replace your missing tooth in both shape and aesthetics. Your crown attaches to your implant with an abutment.
How an Implant Protects Your Oral Health
When you lose a tooth, without a replacement, your neighboring teeth will begin to migrate into the open space, causing them to tilt. This affects their alignment and the function of your bite and can create a host of problems including bruxism and jaw joint issues.
Without a root to support, your bone begins to dissolve. Loss of bone can mean lack of support for surrounding teeth, additional tooth loss, and changes to the appearance of your face.
A dental implant closely mimics your natural tooth and eliminates these concerns.
Dr. Won Sung is proud to offer comprehensive implant dentistry to patients residing in Elgin, IL. This means he can complete your procedure himself from start to finish without the need for a referral to a specialist. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sung.