Michael Kowalik, DDS Provides Dental Implants In Burbank, IL
What Are Dental Implants?
Sometimes, preventative dental care is not enough to preserve and maintain natural teeth. Disease, trauma, or decay can lead to one or more teeth going missing, which can affect the health and appearance of your smile. Dental implants are a restorative procedure offered in our Burbank dental office that can replace missing teeth so that you can regain a fully functioning smile.
In order to understand what dental implants are and why they are the most natural replacement for missing teeth, it is important to understand the general structure of your mouth.
Your natural teeth are composed of two parts: the crown, which is above the gum line and the tooth root, which goes down into the jaw bone.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a replacement method involving a titanium screw that is placed into the natural jaw bone where a tooth is missing. Over time, the natural tissue of the jaw will begin to fuse – or osseointegrate – with the implants, creating a new and durable tooth root.
Dental implants can replace one, several, or all missing teeth:
Single tooth replacement: For patients with one missing tooth, Dr. Michael Kowalik can place a single implants in the open space and cap the implant with an artificial tooth. The result is a tooth that looks and feels just like your existing natural teeth.
Multiple teeth replacement: For patients missing multiple to all of their teeth, or who wear full or partial dentures, Dr. Kowalik can place several implant posts into the jaw bone that act as an anchor for the arch of your dentures or dental bridges.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the closest way to achieve a natural and healthy-looking smile. By replacing the root of a missing tooth, the jaw bone is better preserved, which increases the overall health of your mouth.
Dental implants are a permanent and long term restoration method, which means that they do not need to be removed and cleaned like dentures. Essentially, dental implants function like natural teeth, and allow you to eat and speak with ease, as well as practice regular oral hygiene. You can regain your quality of life with dental implants. Call our Burbank office today for more information.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Patients in good general health and who are missing one or several teeth, could qualify for dental implants in our Burbank dental office. Patients who can also no longer stand to wear their removable dentures could benefit from a dental implants procedure.
For patients with pre-existing medical conditions, prior treatments are available to ensure the density of your jaw and proper placement of implants. Treatments like sinus augmentations, ridge modifications, and other bone grafting procedures are available for patients lacking adequate jaw bone volume.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, call Dr. Michael Kowalik today and schedule a consultation in his Burbank office.