Dental Implants in Park Ridge

Dental implants are often the preferred treatment option for missing teeth as they preserve bone structure and allow you to maintain a healthy diet. We have served the Park Ridge area for over 60 years with combined experience in placing dental implants and regularly keep up with the latest in the field. Dr. Paul Pentrungaro is also currently the director of the Greater Chicago ITI Study Club for Implants.

Replacing a Missing Tooth Dental Implants In Park Ridge, IL

A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.

Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and replaced with a three-unit "bridge."

Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, your periodontist inserts an implant into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. The implant becomes solidly fixed into your jaw bone (osseointegration). Your restorative dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth.

Quite simply, these are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.

Replacing Several Missing Teeth Dental Implants In Park Ridge, IL

Dental Implant Supported Dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone. This helps to prevent bone loss and mimics the feel of natural teeth.

Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial or full denture.

These can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with "floating" partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. They also eliminate the need for denture adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided. Also, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, allowing them to feel much more like natural teeth.

Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. They also can help preserve your jawbone and appearance.

The Success Rate

After their healing period, the success rate is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

It is done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Will The Implants Last?

Eventually, they become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span will vary with each patient, many have lasted for more than 50 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, they should last a lifetime.

Bone Regeneration

A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, "Is there enough bone to support the implant?" Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago. For more information on bone regeneration, please see the articles on Bone Grafting and Sinus Grafting for Implants.

Am I a Candidate?

Treatment begins with an evaluation by your general dentist in Park Ridge IL who will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. If they feel dental implants might be possible, they will refer you to a periodontist for an examination and consultation.

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