Dental implants are the most secure way to restore your smile following tooth loss. They are versatile and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire arch of teeth. At Elliff Dental, Dr. Andrew Elliff and Dr. Laura Elliff are your experts for dental implants in Batavia, IL.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny metal posts made from titanium that function similarly to tooth roots. They are placed directly in the jawbone and serve the purpose of anchoring tooth restorations in place. Dental implants can be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures to restore your smile.
Inserting dental implants directly in the jawbone is what makes this state-of-the-art tooth-replacement method so secure. Titanium naturally bonds with bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. Over time, the dental implants become permanently rooted in the jawbone. Crowns, bridges, or dentures anchored by dental implants will not shift or slip out of place.
Candidates for Dental Implants
While dental implants are the most secure method for restoring your smile, not everyone will be a candidate for this exciting option. It is necessary to have an adequate amount of bone tissue in the jaw area to be able to successfully place dental implants. An unfortunate side effect of tooth loss, though, is bone loss. Bone tissue that is no longer supporting teeth is eventually reabsorbed by the body.
If you have been missing teeth for quite some time, there is a possibility that you might not have enough bone tissue for dental implants. Our dentists have extensive experience determining if patients are candidates for dental implants at our Batavia, IL, office. They can assess whether this advanced tooth-replacement solution is a possibility for you.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Restoring your smile with dental implants has so many benefits. Not only can dental implants help fill in the gaps where teeth are missing, but they also make it easier to enjoy a wider variety of foods. Biting and chewing are much easier with a full set of teeth. Filling the gaps in your smile can also reduce some of the side effects that follow tooth loss, such as changes in speech or facial sagging. Some of the many amazing benefits of dental implants include:
- Filling in the empty spaces caused by tooth loss
- Restoration of biting and chewing functions
- Can be used to secure crowns, bridges, and dentures
- Preventing natural teeth from shifting by filling in gaps
- Reducing strain on remaining teeth that were compensating for missing ones
- Reducing facial sagging by providing support for facial muscles
- Improving speech affected by tooth loss
- Preventing reabsorption of bone tissue
- Longest lasting tooth-replacement option
Dental implants can restore your smile and reduce the side effects of tooth loss. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Andrew or Laura Elliff to find out if you might be a candidate for dental implants by calling Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, at (630) 482-7200.