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By Willow Ridge Dental Group
September 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants don't stop at giving you new teeth. They restore your smile's beauty and function too. If you've lost your tooth or are scheduled for tooth extraction, your Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Onik and Dr. Connie Onik of Willow Ridge Dental Group can get you a brand new smile with dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are false teeth that your dentist implants into your jaw. They fully restore your missing tooth. It doesn't matter if you need to replace a single tooth or all your teeth, dental implants have got you covered. Each dental implant has a:

  • Crown
  • Abutment
  • Root

To ensure that your dental implants match your natural teeth, your dentist in Naperville, IL, customizes your dental implants to match your remaining natural teeth. If you're replacing all your teeth with dental implants, you won't need to replace each tooth with a dental implant. Four to six dental implants can support your teeth.

Dental implants give you a natural-looking replacement for your missing teeth. They also help restore stimulation to your jaw bone so that it doesn't lose density. Therefore, getting dental implants can help you preserve your youthful face.

Getting Dental Implants

Restoring your smile with dental implants can take up to six months to complete. That's because you'll need to wait some weeks for the dental implant in your jaw to heal before getting your permanent dental crowns. Your dentist will examine your jaw bone to determine its capacity to carry your dental implants before going ahead with the procedure. Once your dentist determines that you're qualified for dental implants, you can receive them.

For the next few weeks, you'll wear temporary crowns till your dental crowns are fully healed. Finally, your dentist fits you with your customized permanent dental crowns to restore oral function. Caring for your new dental implants is a breeze because it's the same as caring for your natural teeth.

If you'd like to restore your smile with dental implants, don't waste time. Call your Naperville, IL, dentists, Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik of Willow Ridge Dental Group at (630) 420-2800 today.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
March 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
ImplantsCouldHelpYouKeepRemainingTeethLonger

It's a common practice among people slowly losing their teeth to have their remaining teeth removed. They find dentures to be less costly than replacing one tooth at a time or caring for those that remain. On the other hand, it's usually healthier for the mouth to preserve remaining teeth as long as possible, replacing them only as necessary.

This latter strategy has up to now been difficult and expensive to achieve. But dental implants are changing that—using these imbedded titanium metal devices with a variety of restorations, we're able to better plan and implement staged tooth replacement.

Most people associate implants with single tooth replacements of a life-like crown cemented or screwed into an abutment attached to the implant post. This can play an early role in a staged replacement plan, but at some point, multiple single-tooth implants can become quite expensive.

Implants, however, have a much broader range of use. A few strategically placed implants can support a variety of restorations, including bridges and removable or fixed dentures. Four to eight implants, for example, can secure a fixed denture replacing all teeth on a jaw, far fewer than the number needed to replace the teeth individually.

Implants may also improve the function of traditional restorations. For instance, dentures can't stop the bone loss that often results from tooth loss—in fact, they will accelerate it as they rub and irritate the bony ridges of the jaw. By contrast, implants stimulate bone growth, slowing or even stopping the process of bone loss.

In a traditional bridge, the outer crowns of the restoration are bonded to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap (the middle crowns fill the gap). These support teeth must be permanently altered to accommodate the crowns. But an implant-supported bridge doesn't depend on other teeth for support, thus eliminating the need to permanently alter any teeth.

More importantly, previously placed implants often become part of the next stages of tooth replacement, like building on an addition onto an existing house. All in all, including implants in your ongoing dental restoration can help you enjoy the benefits of preserving your natural teeth for much longer.

If you would like more information on dental restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing All Teeth but Not All at Once.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
TheRealTruthBehindEdHelmsMissingToothinTheHangover

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Don’t let tooth loss ruin your smile. We can help with dental implants.

Losing a tooth as a child was an exciting milestone, but it’s certainly isn’t something that you want to deal with as an adult. Unfortunately, tooth loss happens to millions of American adults. If you’re dealing with gaps in your smile, our Naperville, IL, dentists Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik offer dental implants to permanently restore your missing teeth.

Why dental implants?

Implants have become such a popular way to replace missing teeth because there is no other tooth-replacement option that works like implants do. This restoration is truly designed to act, look, and even feel like a real tooth. An implant also replaces the entire tooth, from crown to roots, which no other tooth-replacement option does. Why is this important? Well, the roots are integral to supporting the shape and health of the jawbone.

When a tooth falls out or is extracted, the roots are no longer able to provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs. When this happens, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. This is a common problem in those with untreated tooth loss, which is why it’s so important for our Naperville, IL, dentist to be able to treat your tooth loss as soon as possible to prevent further complications to your health.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Regardless of whether you are replacing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can help. Here are just some of the amazingly cool and unique benefits associated with getting a dental implant,

  • An implant is strong and durable enough to last the rest of your lifetime. They even fuse together with the jawbone to become a permanent structure.
  • An implant cannot develop a cavity because it is made from an artificial material that mimics the look of a real tooth.
  • An implant can fully restore chewing and speech.
  • An implant can fill gaps in your smile and prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into those open gaps.
  • An implant is a standalone restoration, which means that it doesn’t need the support of neighboring teeth, so an implant also preserves the rest of your healthy, natural smile.
  • An implant offers an extremely high success rate to ideal candidates.

Are you ready to sit down with our Naperville, IL, dentist to find out if implants are the right choice for your smile? If so, call Willow Ridge Dental Group today at (630) 420-2800 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

By Willow Ridge Dental Group
February 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If damage, decay or wear and tear have taken a toll on your teeth, it can affect both your confidence and your comfort. A healthy smile is not only attractive, but makes eating and brushing easier. If you are looking to restore your smile to its absolute best, it's time to consider dental implants from Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik at Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is essentially an inconspicuous and fully functional replacement for a missing tooth. The implant itself is formed like a screw, which is secured into your jawline beneath the gums to serve as the root for an artificial tooth. Implants can replace one or more of your original teeth, and are designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

First, dental implants from our Naperville, IL, are attractive and natural-looking. We use an artificial tooth tinted and shaped to match your natural teeth so it is undetectable. Secondly, dental implants are permanent, unlike dentures, making them convenient and easy to care for. You won't need to worry about any slipping or shifting in your mouth.

Dental implants can also improve your oral and overall health, by keeping your jawline supported and strong and allowing you to eat crunchy, healthy foods like apples, carrots and nuts which provide you the valuable nutrients your body needs.

Are dental implants painful?

Your dentist at our Naperville, IL office will keep you as comfortable as possible during your dental implant procedure by applying a local anesthetic to the area. After making a small incision in your gum line and place the dental implant. Over the next several weeks and months the implant will begin to bond with the jawbone.

Call Willow Ridge Dental Group in Naperville, IL today to learn more about dental implants, and how they can restore your smile. Reach us at 630-420-2800.