Tooth replacement options certainly have changed. In years past, people were limited to removable appliances to span smile gaps. While those prosthetics have their place, dental implants far exceed expectations for improved oral function, smile appearance and bite balance. Dr. Scott Szatkowski, your dentist in Elk Grove Village, IL, places these amazing artificial teeth, giving patients full, beautiful smiles.
What is a dental implant?
A single-tooth implant replaces a missing tooth virtually anywhere in the mouth. Usually, it has three parts: a titanium screw that your dentist places in the jaw bone, a metal post and a custom-crafted porcelain crown to top it all.
Implant devices are composed of biocompatible titanium, a natural metal which attracts human bone and bonds with it. Osseointegration secures the implant to the jaw so, after some weeks of healing, the device can withstand the forces of chewing and biting.
Multiple dental implants support fixed bridges and dentures. For patients with substantial tooth loss, implants recreate natural smile aesthetics and amazing oral function. Jaw bone integrity improves, and remaining natural teeth stay strong and well-aligned.
Who can get one?
Patients who have good oral and systemic health are implant candidates. Also, you should be a faithful brusher and flosser and see your dentist in his Elk Grove Village, IL, office twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. Dr. Szatkowski and his team show their implant patients how best to take care of their new teeth.
How are they installed?
It happens right in Dr. Szatkowski's office. All patients need is a local anesthetic for the simple oral surgery procedure. The implant is placed into the jaw where the natural tooth previously resided. In a few months, the implant should be fully integrated and ready to restore with a post and crown.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The biggest benefits are excellent smile appearance and natural oral function. Additionally, you can expect:
- Artificial teeth which last as long as real teeth
- Ease of at-home maintenance
- A stronger, healthier jaw bone because your implant will exercise it when you bite and chew
- A convenient tooth replacement that stays in place
- Better speech
- A more balanced bite
Your best smile
Dental implants from your dentist, Dr. Scott Szatkowski, could give it to you. Call either his Elk Grove Village, IL, office at (847) 437-8366 or the Melrose Park location at (708) 450-4533. His implant consultations are informative and friendly. You'll receive the information you need to make the decision right for you. Dr. Szatkowski is a partner in Medical Center Dental Associates.