At Mill Pond Dental Group in Mokena, your dentist, Dr. Eric Young, offers the latest in diagnostic techniques, preventive treatments and of course, restorative and cosmetic services. One of the most sought-after is the dental implant. A completely artificial tooth, an implant can restore your smile to full function and lifelike beauty.
Titanium dental implants support posts and crowns or in the case of extensive tooth loss, bridgework or dentures. Shaped like a screw, complete with threads, a dental implant resides in the jaw, bonding with the jawbone to create a strong foundation.
This bonding process is known as osseointegration, and it maintains the integrity and strength of the alveolar ridge in the jaw. Other tooth replacements do not rebuild bone.
After a complete examination and X-rays to determine your bone health, Dr. Young numbs the implant site with a local anesthetic. He places the implant in the jawbone under the gumline.
After the implant is placed, in the coming weeks and months the process of osseointegration takes place. When the implant and jawbone are bonded fully, Dr. Young will attach a metal extension post and an all-ceramic crown. Your implant is ready for use.
If you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Young about a protective bite guard. Also, be sure to floss and brush every day to maintain the health of your smile. Avoid tobacco, and see your dentist every six months for your check-up and hygienic cleaning. Good oral hygiene habits and a tobacco-free lifestyle keep the implant site viable and infection-free.
A restored smile
It can be yours. See Dr. Eric Young at Mill Pond Dental Group for an informative and friendly implant consultation. Call the office today for an appointment: (708) 722-1600.