Rejuvenating your smile to its natural function, health, and beauty not only feels good, but it also encourages essential jawbone stimulation for long-lasting oral health. Because of gum recession, periodontal disease, injury, trauma, genetic factors, or advanced decay, natural teeth may not be able to stand the test of time. Dental health complications such as missing or severely damaged teeth can impact proper jaw function as well as overall quality of life. Dr. Peter O. Cabrera has the experience to renew the health, functional, and aesthetic aspects of your smile with top-quality treatments paired with state-of-the-art, specialized care.

We preserve the overall well-being of your smile with reliable techniques that are durable and long-lasting. If you are looking to restore your oral health to its optimal look, feel, and function with dental implants and expert restorations, we encourage you to contact our Chicago office today!

What are Dental Restorations?

Dental restorations are the various techniques used to replace missing teeth that have been damaged by decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or complex fracture of a tooth. Dental restorations often include the following:

When Do I Need a Dental Restoration?

Teeth can break, chip, and decay even with regular dental care. These conditions can affect your oral health and overall quality of life. Infection, bone loss, and other problems may shift in your bite's position and cause discomfort or other issues such as TMJ. The good news is that with top-quality restorations, these dental complications can be easily treated. 

5 Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dental Restoration

When it comes to restoring your smile, you have many options. During your initial consultation, Dr. Cabrera takes the time to discuss everything with you in detail. His goal is to help you understand the benefits and purpose of each treatment. Five primary factors to consider  include:

  1. Number of missing teeth or extent of dental damage
  2. Location of issues in the smile
  3. Your current oral and overall health
  4. Budget and insurance coverage
  5. Your dental goals and lifestyle

By taking the time to establish strong communication and a thorough understanding, we can provide personalized and comprehensive care. This determines the ideal restoration option for your smile.

What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Implant-Supported Restorations?

While both traditional and implant-supported restorations utilize crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials, the difference is in which method is used to keep them secure. Traditional restorations are often considered removable and rely on natural suction and adhesives to stay in place. Implant-supported restorations use one or multiple titanium posts to restore essential stimulation to your jawbone and provide a strong foundation for your restoration. With accurate implant placement from Dr. Cabrera, your implant-supported restoration will not slip, slide, or become dislodged so that you can smile with renewed confidence.

Implant-Supported Crowns for Single-Tooth Replacement

A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the top, visible part of the tooth. When a single tooth is missing or is so severely damaged that it must be extracted, a single dental implant is a viable option. The crown is supported by a titanium implant post that serves as an artificial tooth root which is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Implant-supported crowns are designed to mimic the natural shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a beautiful smile that’s sure to last.

Bridges Supported by Implants for Multiple-Tooth Replacement

A bridge is a restoration ideal for replacing two or more missing teeth in a row. Although there are many forms of this type of restoration, bridges supported by dental implants are often the strongest option for a multiple-tooth restoration. They also provide many advantages over other options. Common restorations like fixed bridges or removable partials can cause the surrounding bone to weaken because they are dependent on neighboring teeth for support. Implant-supported bridges fuse with the natural tissue and bone, providing a much stronger and more natural restoration.

Implant-Supported Dentures & Partials for Full Arch Replacement

An implant-supported denture is a prosthetic that is fixed in place with an implant post instead of just resting on top of the gums. An implant-supported denture is used when there are no remaining teeth left, but there is enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special fixtures that snap onto attachments on the implants. They hold the denture securely in place by anchoring them to the jawbone. These dentures can be removed at our office during regular cleanings and exams. 

Offering Immediate Implants Following Tooth Extraction

The placement of an implant immediately after tooth extraction offers reduced treatment time and increased patient satisfaction. First introduced in 1976, immediate implants now have success rates similar to delayed placement and are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth. “Immediate loading” involves placing the implant within 48 hours of tooth extraction and the placement of a temporary crown. This temporary crown is carefully shaped. The crown is there for aesthetic and protective purposes and should not have any hard pressure put on it. This means you must agree to a soft diet and to take extra time and effort to care for the area around the implant after the first couple of months following surgery.

How Do Implants Work?

CT scanning technology helps Dr. Cabrera precisely place implants in the jawbone, and special tools measure the amount of force put on the implants during placement. These technologies allow us to place implants in the correct amount of healthy bone promoting more effective and faster healing. After placement, fusing in a process called osseointegration takes place. Natural bone tissue in the jawbone grows on and around the implant post and forms a direct connection, holding it firmly in place. The process takes a few months, and it is important to minimize the action on the implant during this time. At our periodontal office, we can provide a comprehensive evaluation and help you determine if this treatment option is the best one for you.

Determining Candidacy for Dental Implant Placement

Ideal candidates for dental implant treatment are in good oral health and should have enough jawbone volume to support implants and allow for proper healing. If you do not have enough bone you can still get implants after a bone graft procedure. Dr. Cabrera offers bone grafting to help restore your bone and significantly increase your chances of receiving dental implant treatment.

Ready to Rebuild Your Smile? 

We are dedicated to rejuvenating the health, function, and overall well-being of your smile. Call us today for comprehensive restoration treatment with dental implants in Chicago, including Lincoln Park, The West Loop, Lakeview, and other communities of Cook County. 

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