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The Basics of Implant Dentistry

Updated: Jun 20, 2022

People in Chicago and the surrounding areas lose teeth for a variety of reasons.

It could be because of an accident. Or an injury. Gum disease is another common cause, as is natural wear and tear.

What are you supposed to do when this happens? Instead of settling with an imperfect smile (and a gap), it’s important to know that even one missing tooth can have serious ramifications on your oral and overall health.

For example, your teeth can shift, your jawbone can deteriorate and your face could end up looking wrinkled and caved in.

Fortunately, there’s a permanent, beautiful solution for missing teeth in Chicago: implant dentistry at StartSmiling Chicago.

Dental Implant Statistics

Dental implants have a 98% success rate. But did you also know that 178 million American adults have are missing at least one tooth? Those are just two important statistics related to dental implants that people need to know about. Here are a few more, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID):

  • Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD, when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman.

  • Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth.

  • In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants formed the AAID – American Academy of Implant Dentistry – to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology. AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing implant dentistry.

  • In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium naturally fuses with bone, eventually switching his research focus to the mouth from the knee and hip.

  • 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.

As you can see, dental implants have a long history and more people are turning to them instead of less-effective or less-durable options like bridges or dentures. If Chicago residents knew the real advantages of dental implants, those numbers might change.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants do far more than just fill the gap missing teeth leave behind. They replace the exact look and function of your natural tooth, as well as:

  • Improve your speech

  • Make it easier to eat the foods you enjoy

  • Boost your self-esteem

  • Maintain your oral health and overall appearance.

  • And more!

Best of all, you can care for dental implants just like the rest of your teeth (and they last a lifetime)!

How Dental Implants Work

The only question now is, how do dental implants work? Basically, dental implants are composed of three parts:

  • An implant (which replaces your tooth root)

  • An abutment (connects implant to crown)

  • A crown (the visible part of the implant)

People with missing teeth in Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace and any other location in DuPage County can smile confidently again thanks to our dental implant solutions.

If you think you might be a candidate for dental implants and would like to know more about implant dentistry, contact Dr. Petrungaro and his team today!

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