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Our Elmhurst Dental Implant Dentist Responds To Commonly Asked Questions About This Treatment

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Many patients who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth know about standard tooth replacement options—historically dentists have used dentures or bridges to replace the look and functionality of a patient’s smile. More recently dental implants have been implemented to replace missing teeth—this dental innovation actually mimics the structure of natural teeth so they look and feel natural. What many patients don’t know is that dental implants can actually be used with conventional tooth replacement options—dentures and bridges—to increase the effectiveness of these treatments.

 

Dental implants are small titanium rods that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Over time the titanium bonds to the natural bone, forming an effortlessly stable tooth-root. After the titanium is implanted it is capped with a natural looking dental restoration. Our Elmhurst dental implant dentists use dental implants individually to replace a singular missing tooth. Additionally, we use dental implants in conjunction with dentures and bridges to make them more stable, comfortable and long lasting.

 

Dental implants can be used with dentures to anchor the dentures more securely to the jawbone. In many cases, existing dentures can actually be retrofitted to attach to new dental implants. Most patients find that it’s easier to eat, speak, and smile without their dentures shifting after dental implant attachment.

 

Additionally, dental implants are implanted to anchor bridges. Bridgework is traditionally anchored to neighboring teeth for stability. Unfortunately, this can cause unnecessary strain on healthy teeth. By inserting a dental implant to anchor the bridge piece, you can preserve natural teeth by taking the strain off of them.


Dental implants can be used independently or with existing dentures or bridges to help restore a patient’s smile and keep them comfortable and confident. Some patients simply prefer dentures and bridges, and they are amazed at how much more functional these appliances are once they are stabilized with even one or two dental implants. If you have questions about how dental implants work alone or in conjunction with other treatments please give our Elmhurst dental implant dentists a call—(630) 733-1624.

Elmhurst Dentists Explains How Various Levels Of Dental Damage Are Treated

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Even when we are doing everything that we can to care for our smiles, sometimes dental damage pops up anyway. Our Elmhurst dentists understand this, which is why we work so hard to provide a number of restorative treatments to patients of all ages.

In this short article we’ll be outlining some of the treatments that we regularly employ in order to correct existing dental damage. Let’s get started!

The dental crown is a tried and true restorative option that can help a patient regain a healthy smile after dental damage. Crowns are used to repair teeth after dental infection or considerable dental damage. The crowns that our dental team places are natural looking, white, and metal free restorations. Once your crown is in place it will look great, and help you jump back into your normal daily routine,

Dental bonding is another treatment that we use in order to correct damaged dental enamel. When dental enamel gets cracked or chipped, our dental team can use dental resin to fill in these weak spots, and fortify the tooth. Because dental resin can be shaded to suit the individual patient, the finished aesthetic result is very attractive.

Some patients achieve their desired results by using porcelain veneers to cover damaged teeth. Because veneers are designed to cover the visible surfaces of the patient’s teeth they can completely transform the patient’s smile. Every veneer is shaped and shaded to deliver natural looking results. Once veneers are in place, they are easy to care for, and stay in place 24/7.

These are just some of the treatments that we most commonly use in order to help people reclaim healthy and whole smiles. If you want to learn even more about the restorative treatments that we offer here in our office, please call our Elmhurst dentists to get started!


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