Tooth Replacement Options
When you are missing a tooth, there are a number of problems that can occur that will affect your oral health, as well as your overall health. If a tooth is not replaced, the bone that once surrounded your tooth will begin to deteriorate because it no longer has a tooth to support. As a result, your jawbone will begin to thin out and your appearance will be affected. There are a number of ways that Dr. Frank and his staff at North Shore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can replace a missing tooth while at the same time maintaining your oral health. These include dental implants, mini implants, and bone grafts to prepare for implants.
Implants At North Shore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
The benefits of having dental implants are almost immediate when it comes to your oral health. After the loss of a tooth, the roots of that tooth are also lost, which are what kept the bone that surrounded that tooth alive. So, without the roots, your jawbone will recede until there is not much left, and your appearance will drastically change.
If you are missing a tooth, make an appointment with us at North Shore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery so we can start the process of fitting you with implants. In some cases, we can even have the implants fitted and placed in just one visit to our office. When the implants are placed, the roots that were lost with your tooth will be replaced by the implant. These replacement roots will keep the bone surrounding the implant intact, thus maintaining your oral health and appearance.
Bone Grafts Before Implant Placement
If you have waited a significant amount of time after losing a tooth to where the bone that surrounded that tooth has deteriorated, have no worries, the bone can be replaced by a simple bone graft procedure. In order to have implants placed, there must be enough bone to surround the implant. That is why in many cases where the bone has deteriorated, there must be a bone graft procedure before placing the implants. Taking these necessary steps toward the betterment of your oral health will be a decision that you’ll be glad you made for the rest of your life!
Mini Dental Implants
At Northshore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, you can also have implants placed if you are missing only one tooth. Mini implants are a great way to replace a single tooth if you have lost some of the valuable bone structure surrounding the tooth. These implants can often be placed in just one visit to our convenient north Chicago office.