When periodontal disease, an injury, or decay causes you to lose a tooth, an implant can serve as the anchor to a replacement and repair your smile. Christopher Banks, DMD, of Banks Dental Group provides different types of dental implants to men and women living in the Auburn Gresham area of Chicago.
An implant holds a prosthetic tooth in place, thus replacing the roots of your teeth. Implants look and function like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are more comfortable and natural-looking than full or partial dentures that may slide as you speak. You can easily eat with implants as they function just like your own natural teeth. You won’t have to worry about taking them on or off – they stay in your mouth at all times.
Implants fuse with your bone, so they look natural and enhance your self-confidence. You also have less “work” done to support the implant; they don’t require filing down your other teeth to get them to fit. Implants also make keeping your teeth clean easier. You can’t get cavities in implants, either.
Implants usually last for a very long time, even your entire life if you care for surrounding teeth and gums properly.
If you leave empty spaces after losing or extracting a tooth, you risk deterioration of some of your jawbone. Implants encourage new bone growth. The implants also prevent the sagging and slack that may happen in your face when you’re missing teeth.
If your health supports oral surgery, you’re a good candidate for an implant. You do need enough bone and healthy gums to hold the implant in place.
After your implant, you must commit to good dental hygiene to keep the implant and the surrounding area healthy. Dr. Banks can evaluate whether an implant is the right solution for you.
Dr. Banks develops an entire implant treatment plan for you. The implant itself is a small titanium post that’s placed into the bone socket of the extracted or lost tooth. Your bone heals around this anchor in 6-12 weeks.
When Dr. Banks feels your healing process is at the right stage, he adds an attachment to the implant to hold the new prosthetic tooth, which is custom-made to match your mouth.
Clean the dental implant just like you do the rest of your teeth. Brush twice daily, floss, and visit Banks Dental Group for regular cleanings.
At Banks Dental Group, we accept all insurance plans except Medicaid and private insurances. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Annette if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.