If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants restored by Dr. Kenneth Coffey at his Orland Park practice can give your smile a new lease on life. Often included in full mouth reconstruction, dental implants are small titanium posts surgically implanted in the jaw bone to replace lost tooth roots. Dental implants are widely considered the very best means of supporting dentures, crowns, and bridges because the comfort, functionality, and retention of bone mass they provide is surpassed only by natural tooth roots. Please contact our Orland Park office to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you to enjoy the benefits of a complete and healthy smile for a lifetime.
Implants provide a range of benefits, especially for denture wearers. A set of implant-supported dentures attach directly to dental implants through a ball-and-socket connection, giving you the ability to bite, chew, and speak with ease and without the fear of slippage or shifting. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, simply rest upon the gums, often compromising the wearer’s ability to chew certain foods, or to speak clearly and confidently. A less apparent, yet extremely valuable, benefit of dental implants is the retention of bone mass in the jaw. When teeth are lost, the jaw bone begins to erode. The body will actually resorb bone cells in the absence of tooth roots. However, if you take timely action after one or more teeth have been lost, a dental implant can halt this process of degradation, helping you to enjoy optimum jaw functionality for decades.
The dental implants procedure begins with an in-depth examination by Dr. Coffey. He will assess the jaw, using x-rays to determine whether you have adequate bone mass to support implants and where the implants should be placed. If you have put off replacing a tooth, and have lost bone mass as a result, a bone graft may be necessary to accommodate an implant. Next, Dr. Coffey will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon, who will place the implants according to Dr. Coffey’s assessment of your jaw. This requires at least two surgeries.
During your first surgery, the threaded implants are placed in the jaw, and the gums are stitched closed over the implants for the next three to six months. During this time, the implant and jaw bone will become fused in a process called osseointegration. When this process is complete, your second surgery will involve the connection of abutments to the implants, which will serve as the connection point for your dentures, crowns, or bridge. Dr. Coffey will then create your custom restorations according to the exact dimensions of your implant and any surrounding teeth.
The process of placing a dental implant requires patience and multiple surgeries, but this dental innovation pays off in dividends. The comfort, functionality, and confidence they provide can make a tremendous difference in your quality of life. To learn more about dental implants, contact our Orland Park office serving the greater Chicago land area.
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