Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about your appearance, meaning that missing teeth, whether one or many, can decrease your confidence and make face-to-face interactions difficult or embarrassing. However, dental implants can help you keep your smile whole by replacing your missing teeth. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL.
How can dental implants help me?
Dental implants can help people in many stages of tooth loss. Single implants can help those with one missing tooth surrounded by healthy teeth. The single implant stands alone and does not require the healthy teeth to stay in place. A multiple tooth implant replaces several teeth in a row using implants on either side of a dental bridge. Those patients missing all their teeth benefit from an implant-supported denture. In most cases, four implants hold a denture securely and permanently in the mouth, eliminating the need for soaking or extra cleaning.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Before considering you for dental implants, your dentist will want to ensure you meet certain criteria. You should be in good general and dental health, with no tooth decay or gum disease. These conditions should be treated before placing dental implants. Additionally, patients need to have enough bone volume at the implant site to hold the implant’s fixture in place. A missing tooth causes the bone to atrophy, or break down, meaning some patients may require a bone graft before their dentist can successfully place an implant.
Dental Implants in Naperville, IL
Dental implants are as easy to care for as your natural teeth. Simply brush twice daily and floss at least once. Regular visits to your dentist for examinations and cleanings every six months will help ensure your natural teeth and implants stay healthy and clean to avoid future dental issues and, in turn, future missing teeth.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 420-2800 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!