Replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with dental implants
Our periodontists at Perio Implant Chicago, Drs Peter O. Cabrera and Bahareh Sabzehei specialize in restoring teeth and gums to their attractive, balanced appearance and healthy structure and function. Today’s patients can benefit from many modern forms of tooth replacement, including implants to replace a single tooth or implant-supported bridges and dentures to replace several teeth or all the teeth in your smile.
Replace a Single Tooth: All-ceramic, Implant Crowns
Following a thorough examination at our practice, we recommend that a missing or badly damaged tooth be replaced with a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. The design of an implant-supported crown optimally mimics the natural structure of a healthy tooth. The implant is precisely positioned in the jaw, and once it heals and joins the surrounding bone, the implant functions as a tooth root to stabilize the overlying dental crown.
The four-step process can largely be completed in four visits and involves:
- Treatment planning – One of our specialists examines your teeth, gums, and mouth. CT Scan is taken to plan to optimally position the implants in the jawbone.
- Implant placement – Using your unique treatment plan as a guide, the implant is installed in the jawbone. A temporary tooth is applied, allowing you to chew food, speak, and otherwise function normally while the implant heals and the permanent crown is made.
- Attachment of the permanent crown – After the implant has healed and integrated into the surrounding bone, the ceramic tooth is securely attached to the implant.
- Enjoy your new tooth for a lifetime – No additional treatment is necessary, but it is critical to maintaining excellent oral hygiene and professional dental visits. The implant itself is vulnerable to inflammation, which can threaten the Implant’s structural integrity if oral hygiene is compromised.
Replace Several Teeth: Fixed Dental Bridges, Overdentures
Conventional dental bridges and dentures only replicate the tooth structure that is visible above the gum line, not the root. Traditional bridges rely on neighboring crowned teeth as “anchors” to secure the replacement teeth. Conventional dentures rely on suction in the mouth or products like denture adhesive to stabilize the replacement teeth and gums.
Modern tooth replacement replicates both the teeth and the tooth roots. The Implant bridge is anchored by implants designed to function like natural tooth roots. Likewise, the implant-supported denture (overdenture) is secured in place with strategically positioned implants and specialized bar or ball attachments. There are several advantages to these systems, including:
- Unparalleled stability
- Natural feel in the mouth
- Efficient chewing and healthy function
- Lasting durability and strength
- Natural aesthetics
- Protects the mouth from destructive bone loss (“resorption”)
- A great value and investment in your smile and long-term health and wellbeing
For more information about modern alternatives to traditional bridges and dentures, call Perio Implant Chicago at (312) 736-7959 to schedule your consultation or request an appointment at the “contact” tab on this website.