Dental Implants From Dr. Workman In Glen Ellyn
Replicating the natural presentation and utility of a missing tooth (or teeth) can be a difficult assignment, and, while nothing man-made can actually substitute for one’s real tooth, a dental implant is the most similar man-made solution from current dental technology. Dental implants are an exceptional and adaptable part of current dental treatment plans. One or more dental implants can be used to restore single teeth, a few teeth or all of your teeth – top and/or bottom. A dental implant can be utilized as a solid base to a bridge, a single crown or an entire set of dentures.
Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?
People With Loose Dentures Or Partials
Patients who are edentulous (all of their teeth are missing) and who have dentures and are finding it hard to maintain good nutrition because they cannot chew many healthy foods, arrive at our practice seeking help. They cannot eat many of their favorite foods anymore.
But then, by placing two or three dental implants underneath the denture that anchor their dentures in place, it’s like they have all their teeth back again. Dental implants are secure, look good and are extremely durable. When someone gets dental implants, they are able to smile, laugh and eat and have no anxiety that their dentures may move around or make noticeable noises.
Athletes Both Young And Old
It isn’t odd that a student suffers an accident or injury from sports and are suddenly without one or more of their teeth. Of course, the coaching staff should quickly act to locate the tooth, put the tooth under the athlete’s tongue if it’s been cracked off, and quickly head for the dentist’s office. Tragically for the tooth, the recommended procedure is sometimes not followed.
Thank goodness, instead of putting in a bridge, which requires grinding down the teeth on each side of the missing tooth, Dr. Workman can install a dental implant.
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Every now and then, we see a young person who’s permanent smile came in without their eye teeth. To Dr. Workman, it’s a dental challenge, but to that youngster who is most likely transitioning into high school or possibly graduating high school, it’s first and foremost an embarrassment challenge.
Just twenty ten ago, dentists used braces to push the teeth together which really messed up the youngster’s occlusion (bite) for the rest of their lives. At John C. Workman, DDS, we can use braces to widen the spaces and then place dental implants so that young person’s smile not only looks completely normal, the teeth function and mesh together as if there were never anything wrong.
Remember, as a rule of thumb, Dr. Workman doesn’t place dental implants in a teenager’s mouth before they’ve graduated high school.
Who Qualifies To Get Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. You cannot have gum disease or any other compromising infection or condition in your mouth. Your jawbone, whether upper or lower, needs to have enough density and volume to securely hold the dental implant. To check that out, Dr. Workman will assess the bone quantity and the density of that bone. Keep in mind that, in certain cases where patients have lost bone because of gum disease, dental implants may not be possible right away. If you are deficient in bone density and/or quantity in your jaw, this most likely will be able to be augmented with a graft of bone or use of artificial bone to raise the quality rating of bone in the implant area.
There are certain medical factors that might block you from getting dental implants, while other situations may simply slow down your dental implants until those issues are successfully dealt with. The most common are:
- Diabetes that is not stabilized
- Undergoing chemotherapy treatment
- Undergoing radiation treatment
- Parathyroid disorders
- Certain blood disorders
- Bone diseases
- Cancer of the bone marrow
- Sinus cavities that descend into the upper jaw
- Uncontrolled osteoporosis
If you think that dental implants might be a smart choice for you, obtain the expert advice of Dr. Workman to determine if you’re a good candidate for a tooth implant. Ensure that you question Dr. Workman about his extensive training in implant dentistry. Dental implant placement is in fact considered surgery and you must be certain that Dr. Workman tells you about the training and experience for this type of procedure. Dr. Workman has been placing dental implants in Glen Ellyn for over ten years.