Dental Implants In Aurora, IL

Dental Implants

One of the most common dental concerns faced by adults in the United States is tooth loss. There are several reasons for tooth loss including those beyond our control (genetics) and those that we can control (habits).

If you live in or near Aurora, IL, City of Lights Dental can help you with tooth replacement options or any other dental services you may need. In this article, we’ll explain some of the most common causes of tooth loss, additional problems caused by tooth loss, and one of the most popular tooth replacement options: dental implants.

What Causes Missing Teeth?

As we age, it is normal to lose primary teeth- but the secondary, or permanent, teeth that replace them should last a lifetime. However, there are several health conditions and other factors that could cause or increase the risk of tooth loss.

Genetics

Some people have a condition known as tooth agenesis, which is a genetic malformation of the jaw that prevents the secondary teeth from forming. This condition is often present with certain congenital conditions such as Down Syndrome or cleft palate and lip.
The three types of genetically missing teeth are:
  • Hypodontia: up to 5 natural teeth missing
  • Oligodontia: 6 or more natural teeth missing
  • Anodontia: all natural teeth missing  

Injury/Trauma

An impact on the face/mouth area can cause tooth loss. If you lose a tooth due to trauma, it’s important to see your dentist within 30 minutes to save the natural tooth.

Gum Disease

Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a common cause of tooth loss. In this condition, pockets develop between the gums and teeth, which cause jawbone deterioration and gum recession. The condition starts with redness/inflammation and bleeding in the gums and can be reversed with prompt attention. If ignored, the condition will progress and require extensive treatment.

Additional Factors

In addition to the above, there are a few other factors that can cause or contribute to tooth loss.
  • Cavities/tooth decay
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Little to no access to quality dental care
  • Poor oral hygiene habits  
Causes of Missing Teeth

What Problems Are Caused by Missing Teeth?

Missing teeth can cause a variety of issues, such as:

Speech/eating

A missing tooth changes the way air moves through the mouth, which can cause lisping or slurring. In addition, it may cause biting into things like corn-on-the cob or fruit awkward and/or painful. Missing molars can make it difficult to chew foods such as meat and other heavy foods that require a lot of chewing. If several teeth are missing, the person may lose weight or become malnourished.

Shifting

When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth will naturally begin to shift to fill in the gap, which can cause teeth to be crooked or uneven. This shifting can make it difficult to clean between teeth, which encourages bacteria growth, which leads to tooth decay.

Irregular bite

Shifting can ultimately result in an irregular bite, or malocclusion, such as a crossbite, underbite, or overbite. This can ultimately lead to headaches or TMD, and can increase the risk of nighttime bruxism.

Bone loss

If your jawbone doesn’t have the stimulation from tooth roots, it will begin to become brittle and deteriorate. This leads to additional tooth loss and increases the risk of gum disease.

Gum disease

A missing tooth exposes the gum, allowing bacteria to settle in. This can lead to gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Gum disease can result in a variety of serious and deadly medical conditions.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. This is a device that consists of three pieces: an implant screw, an abutment, and a crown. The implant screw is inserted into the jawbone, where it acts as a tooth root. The crown sits on top of the implant screw, replacing the visible portion of the tooth. The abutment connects the two pieces.

What to Expect Before, During, and After

The procedure for getting dental implants is an extensive one, and can take up to a year or more.

Before the surgery

The first step in the process is the initial consultation. During this visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive exam. In addition, x-rays and other necessary imaging will be taken. The dentist will also discuss your oral and overall health history, as well as your current habits. This information will be used to create your treatment plan.

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During the surgery

The surgery takes place over several different appointments. The first step is to complete any prep procedures such as extractions, gum disease treatment, and more.

Placing the implant

Then, the dentist will place the implant by cutting an incision in the gum and drilling a hole in the jawbone. Then, the incision will be closed. In some cases, the abutment and prosthetic can be placed on the same day.

Placing the abutment

If needed, you will return after a few months to have the abutment placed. At this time, you will choose your replacement teeth based on your specs. This usually takes a few more weeks.

Placing your teeth

In a few weeks, you will return to the office and have your prosthetic teeth attached to the implant screw.

After

The procedure for getting dental implants is an extensive one, and can take up to a year or more.

Before the surgery

Aftercare is critical. Some of the most common aftercare instructions include:

  • Stick to a soft-food diet
  • Avoid dairy for the first few weeks
  • Practice proper oral hygiene
  • Visit the dentist regularly- keep all follow-up appointments.

Reducing the Risk of Implant Failure

While dental implants have a 95% success rate, the first few weeks and months following implant placement are critical. There are a few things to keep in mind to reduce your risk of dental implant failure including:
  • Work with a qualified implantologist
  • Carefully plan your treatment with your provider
  • Practice proper oral hygiene
  • Keep all follow-up appointments
  • Wear a nightguard if prone to bruxism
  • Wear a mouthguard if playing contact sports  

Why choose City of lights Dental In Aurora, IL?

If you are missing one or more teeth, schedule your consultation with the team at City of Lights Dental in Aurora. We offer several options for tooth replacement including dental implants. We also offer a variety of other dental services to keep your mouth healthy and help you maintain your natural teeth as long as possible.

We are located on West Galena Boulevard. Our office hours are Tuesday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We are open from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM two Saturdays a month.

Dental Implant FAQs

If you have questions about dental implants, the team at City of Lights Dental will be happy to help. Below are some of the most common questions that we hear about dental implants:
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, the crowns or prosthetic may need to be replaced after about 20 years.
Dental implants require an extensive oral surgery. However, due to advancements in dental technology and anesthesia, the process is not painful. You may experience some discomfort as you adjust to the implants, but this is easily controlled with OTC pain medications.
Most dental insurance providers do not offer coverage on dental implants. However, it is possible to apply for dental financing, which will allow you to break the fee up into smaller, more manageable payments. In addition, you may consider using a dental school, where the treatments are carried out by students, supervised by licensed dentists.
Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone to act as tooth root replacements, while the crown that sits on top of the gum replaces the visible portion of the tooth. Since they are implanted into the jawbone, they have a stronger bite force than other options.
Dairy has a lot of vitamins and minerals that can facilitate the healing process. However, it is critical that you avoid dairy for the first few weeks following surgery. This is because dairy is known to cause irritation to the surgical site, which can lead to infection and implant failure. In some cases, dairy may trigger nausea and vomiting, which introduces stomach acid into the mouth. This can also cause irritation to the surgical site, which can lead to infection and implant failure.
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