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Dental implants are the most innovative and successful tooth replacements available today. At Bolingbrook Dental Care, Drs. Seeth, Huff and Singh offer them to patients who need to rebuild their smiles after tooth loss. Learn how they might help you.
FAQs about dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care
What is a dental implant, and how is it different from a traditional bridge or partial?
A dental implant is a complete tooth replacement--from root to crown. Its titanium screw or cylinder resides right in the jaw. Because human bone adheres to titanium through osseointegration, the bond between implant and jaw is very hard to break.
Regarding traditional tooth replacements, no such bond exists. Instead, the prosthetic rests on the gums and cannot improve the jaw bone's size and density as a dental implant can.
Who can receive dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care?
If your oral and overall health is good, you probably can. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums and look at your jaw bone with x-rays. If your bone is thin, Dr. Huff, Sing, or Seeth can augment it with special donor bone or other materials.
When can I use my new tooth?
A dental implant has three parts: the implant itself, a metal abutment and a porcelain crown. The implant site must heal fully before the dentist attaches the abutment and crown. Typically, osseointegration takes several weeks to months.
Are dental implants hard to care for?
No, they aren't. Brush and floss carefully every day, and see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Good oral hygiene practices keep implant sites healthy, avoiding an infection called peri-implantitis.
Can implants support dentures?
Yes, they can. Full dentures usually rest on four to six implant devices.
Your wonderful smile
Dental implants from Bolingbrook Dental Care can restore it to you. Please call the office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Singh, Huff or Seeth. They'll fill you in on all the details. Phone (630) 739-5500.
Missing teeth can cause various issues, both with your teeth and the level of self-confidence you feel about your appearance. In the past, filling in the gaps in your smile would mean sacrificing healthy teeth to hold a bridge or wearing a denture. Luckily, you can now replace one or more missing teeth with a standalone dental restoration called a dental implant. Read below to learn more about implant dentistry, and if you are interested in the procedure, please contact Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Fatima Quadri at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.
How does a dental implant work?
Implant dentistry takes advantage of the body’s natural healing abilities and places the implant directly into the jawbone below a missing tooth. As the implant site heals, the bone grows around it, anchoring it naturally into place, and allowing it to become a permanent part of your smile. After the healing process, which takes several months, your dentist will reopen the implant site to attach the prosthetic tooth to the implant, completing the process and filling in your gap.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants do not require the help of other teeth to stay in place, making them a truly versatile porcelain restoration.
- Single Tooth Implants: Single tooth implants stand alone and replace a single missing tooth. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, single tooth implants do not require the surrounding healthy teeth to help them remain in place.
- Multiple Tooth Implants: Multiple tooth implants replace several teeth at once, using a prosthetic similar to a dental bridge with two or more replacement teeth held in place with implants on either side.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Traditional dentures use gravity or suction to stay in place, making them susceptible to falling out or shifting while eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures remain permanently anchored into the mouth, eliminating this problem and giving you a natural-looking tooth replacement solution.
Implant Dentistry in Bolingbrook, IL
If you are considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, a consultation with your dentist can help you decide that this is your best treatment option. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Alina Huff, and Dr. Fatima Quadri at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
Few of us can escape the fate of yellowed teeth. The substances we consume discolor the enamel over time--plus the enamel becomes thinner as we age, allowing more of the yellow dentin beneath to show through.
The good news is, this type of staining can be reversed with professional whitening treatments from your Bolingbrook, IL dentist at Bolingbrook Dental Care. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments today, and it's extremely safe and effective when performed by a qualified dental professional.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening is achieved with a peroxide-based bleaching agent that lifts stains out of the tooth's surface, helping you:
- Improve your self-esteem
- Show off your smile with pride
- Take years off your appearance
A single whitening treatment may suffice for mild yellowing or minor stains. If you need to lighten your teeth by several shades, multiple visits may be needed.
While it's safe for most people to have their teeth professionally whitened, attempting to whiten teeth at home often results in negative side effects, such as chemical burns and uneven shading. Your Bolingbrook dentist will plan your treatment to deliver the results you want safely.
When Is Teeth Whitening Not Recommended?
Professional teeth whitening is effective for many people, and helps to brighten teeth that have yellowed over time. However, certain types of staining do not respond well to whitening treatments.
Brown or gray stains: Teeth that are severely discolored, or stained a shade other than yellow, will not respond well to standard teeth whitening treatments.
Stains inside the tooth: Internal discoloration can be caused by certain medications and trauma to the tooth. These stains will not be affected by bleaching agents applied to the surface of the teeth.
Restorations: If your front teeth have been treated with crowns, bridges, composite fillings, or other dental restorations, whitening will not deliver results on these areas.
If your teeth are not likely to respond to whitening treatments, don't despair--there are always solutions to help you improve the look of your smile, such as veneers or dental bonding. Consult with your Bolingbrook dentist to find out what your options are to achieve a brighter smile.
Family Dentist in Bolingbrook, IL
Whitening your teeth can boost your self-confidence, reverse effects of aging, and make you happier with your appearance. To find out if teeth whitening is the best way to improve your smile, contact Bolingbrook Dental Care at (630) 739-5500 or request your appointment now.
Find out what factors can determine whether it’s time you got dental surgery.
There are many reasons why your Bolingbrook, IL dentist may recommend oral surgery. While getting surgery on your mouth may seem rather scary and intimidating it is our goal to answer all of your questions and to make sure you get the best and most comfortable care possible. Discover the many elements that could help you decide whether oral surgery is right for you.
Are you dealing with tooth loss?
One of the best and most effective ways to replace one or more missing teeth is with dental implants. Of course, it isn’t the only option your dentist in Bolingbrook offers, but it can be a more advantageous option than bridges or dentures. An implant acts as an artificial tooth root and is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it will fuse together with bone and tissue to become a permanent part of your bone.
Are your wisdom teeth impacted?
Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, typically emerge during your late teens or early twenties. The majority of the time the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate these teeth and they will not fully emerge from the gums. This can lead to swelling, pain and even infection. Before the impacted wisdom teeth cause irreparable damage to healthy teeth talk to us about having your wisdom teeth removed. This outpatient procedure usually takes no more than one hour to complete.
Do you want to repair a cleft lip or cleft palate?
This condition occurs when the mouth and nasal cavity don’t properly grow together before birth. A cleft lip or palate causes a split in the roof of the mouth or the lip. Your oral surgeon will be able to correct this congenital disorder through several surgical procedures and treatments.
If you are experiencing any issues or we’ve told you that you should strongly consider dental surgery then it’s time you gave your Bolingbrook oral surgeon a call. Turn to Bolingbrook Dental Care for the gentle, compassionate care your smile deserves.