Replace missing teeth with dental implants in Chicago, IL

While no one wants to lose a tooth, advances in technology for placing dental implants have made the procedure safer and much more comfortable than it was in the past. Dental implants offer the best option because they replace the entire structure of a missing tooth. The dentists at Wicker Park Dental Group offer dental implants to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, so you can restore full functionality to your smile. 

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are placed directly into your jaw bone by an oral surgeon to provide stimulation that puts a stop to bone resorption. Once the implant is placed, replacement teeth can provide support for any remaining teeth in your mouth and prevent them from shifting out of place or fracturing from uneven bite force when you chew. Ideally, implants are placed after your extraction site has healed, and you should allow your implants time to fuse to the bone before placing prosthetic teeth. 

With proper care, dental implants can provide a permanent solution to your missing teeth because they fuse in place in your jaw. Dental implants can also provide support for a dental bridge to replace several teeth in a row, or can support complete dentures. 

Placing complete dentures

When you need to replace all of your teeth, there are a few options to consider. Many patients prefer All-on-4 dental implants because they can be placed on the day of extraction and don’t require bone grafts. However, the drawback is you won’t have as much support on the back of your jaw for chewing. 

Full mouth dental implants replace each tooth individually. However, the cost is often too much for most patients to consider. Full mouth dentures can be set on as few as 5-6 dentures and still provide more support for your mouth than All-on-4 dentures, and they can be designed to be removable to reduce the stress on your jaw. The drawback is they still cost more, and they require more time to place. 

The dentist at Wicker Park Dental Group in Chicago, IL, will go over the benefits and drawbacks of all the ways you can replace your missing teeth, and help you decide the option that works best for you. Contact our office today at (773) 276-5566 to set up a consultation and learn more about how we can help.