The Tooth Implant Process: Placement, Healing, and Restoring


Dental Implants are one of the most aesthetically pleasing and permanent ways of restoring lost teeth. Dental restoration is an ancient art, but with modern science, we have created a system that allows an implant dentist to give you teeth that look, feel, and act exactly the way you would expect your natural teeth to behave. If you have experienced tooth loss this gives you the comfort and stability of perfect teeth that are as good as your natural ones. At our clinic, Smiles on Michigan, which is located on 155 N Michigan Ave Suite #323 in Chicago, IL 60601, we offer dental implants by an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Here are a few things you should understand about the tooth implant process -

When we decide to place dental implants the first step is to make sure there is enough bone density in the jawbone to support the implant. Occasionally, there is a need for a bone graft surgery to secure the jawbone so it can properly support the dental implant. Once we know through dental imaging and examinations that the jawbone can withstand the implant, we will surgically place it. A dental implant is a tiny metal piece, typically in the form of a screw, that is placed into the jawbone directly. Made of titanium, this form of dental restoration is one of the most secure you can have. The tiny titanium screw placed into the jawbone underneath the gum line acts like a replacement to the root of a natural tooth. It stimulates the jawbone and ensures that the body supports the health and development of the bone itself. In return, the jaw provides strength and stability to the implant, which gives us a perfect base to put your new false tooth on.

The new fake tooth, placed by a cosmetic dentist at Smiles on Michigan in Chicago, IL, is also known as a dental crown and is attached directly to the dental implant. In order to facilitate this, we leave a tiny portion of the implant visible above the tooth or use an abutment. We then attach the dental crown to the implants. The crown is created to look exactly like the surrounding teeth and is made of porcelain to ensure that it looks like a perfectly natural tooth. We create the crown with a mold of your teeth and measurements taken before the dental implant process begins. It is shaped and colored to perfection, ensuring that nobody will tell the difference between your other teeth and the new tooth placed by our cosmetic dentist. Many patients are currently taking advantage of this modern day dental restoration by calling our Chicago, IL clinic at (312) 509-9492 and making an appointment.

The Recovery Process

The healing process does take a little time. This is a form of oral surgery, and so your mouth will take between six and 15 weeks to recover fully. During this time, you will need to eat softer foods and not put a great deal of stress on the new implant. The great thing about the way we handle the tooth implant process is that it is typically done by an implant dentist in stages. The first stage is traditionally the placement of the implant, after which you would go home to allow the tissue to heal for several weeks before returning to have the dental restoration completed with the placement of the dental crowns.

Restoring an Implant

As an implant dentist, we can restore your missing teeth through the placing of dental implants.  However, if you already have implants and have damaged one, we may be able to restore the crown without removing the actual implant.  To find out if you qualify for this type of dental restoration, visit our cosmetic dentist office.

If you want to know more about the process or want to schedule an appointment with an implant dentist, come see us: Smiles On Michigan at 155 N Michigan Ave Suite #323 in Chicago, IL 60601, or call us at (312) 509-9492.

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