Losing teeth can be a traumatic experience. Whether it's due to age, accident, or disease, there is never a right time to be without teeth. Thankfully your dentist is equipped with a variety of treatments to help preserve your smile. Dental implants, however, represent the best option if you are looking for something permanent, something that looks, feels, and acts like your natural teeth. If you'd like to know if you're a candidate for them get in contact with your Joliet, IL, dentist.
Are You a Candidate?
Dental implants are an excellent choice for many seeking to keep their smile.
The treatment requires healthy gums and a healthy jaw. If you suffer from gum disease your dentist will likely work with you to address it before considering the treatment. The bone in your jaw which will hold the implant needs to be strong enough to do so. If it isn't, bone grafts are a possibility for some, so it's important to be in touch with your dentist on a regular basis.
Just as good dental habits are imperative to qualify for the treatment, bad ones can disqualify you outright. Some doctors will not perform the procedure if you smoke, as it can significantly lengthen the recovery, and may even jeopardize it. So consider quitting if are serious about your smile.
What to Expect
The procedure is a surgical one, so you can expect a similarly lengthy recovery. Up to a few months until you have your final crown, or crowns, in place, but sometimes less. It all depends on how quickly you heal.
The way dental implants work is through the use of titanium posts that are implanted onto your jaw. Through a process called osseointegration, the bone heals around the implant creating a very strong, very secure bond. Then a crown is attached to the portion of the implant that protrudes outside your gums.
Maintaining your new teeth isn't that much different from maintaining your natural ones. Neither is the way they look or feel.
Dental Implants in Joliet, IL
The procedure requires a larger investment of time than most others that produce similar results, but none of them quite match the practical results or longevity that dental implants provide.
Find out if you qualify, or just inquire about your options, by getting in contact with Dr. Disera in Joliet, IL, by dialing (815) 744-4333.