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By Dental Pointe
December 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Implants  

The science of dental implantation was first discovered in the 1960s. Decades later, dental implants continue to be the ideal tooth replacement option for patients who have recently experienced tooth loss. Read on to learn why, and if you are interested in undergoing treatment, set aside time in your schedule to have a dentist at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, evaluate you for dental implants.

After Tooth Loss
When it comes to dental care, losing a tooth is one of the most upsetting outcomes. Over time, if the dental opening isn’t filled, the bone tissue will begin to lose its density and the other teeth could lose their stability. The best course of action after tooth loss is to have dental implants installed as soon as possible.

Dental Implant Benefits
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium, which is a durable, high-quality biocompatible material. These are some of the reasons why dental implants are considered the premier treatment for tooth loss:


- Since you do not have to remove the implant, it can be easily cleaned along with your other teeth.
- A dental implant does not lose its fit over time and doesn’t need to be replaced by your Naperville dentist every few years.
- Dental implants keep your bone tissue useful, so it continues to stay healthy and maintain a good level of density.

Dental Implant Care
The way you care for your teeth in general, and how you maintain the dental implant in particular, will determine how long it lasts as a part of your smile. It is very possible for a dental implant to stay in its position for decades, as long as you observe these simple care tips:


- Floss carefully and thoroughly around the implant (and your other teeth) to remove leftover food particles and plaque.
- Schedule regular dental cleanings to prevent peri-implantitis (a form of gum disease).
- Ask your dentist for a nightguard if you have a problem with grinding and clenching when you’re sleeping.

A Better Smile
Don’t let a missing tooth limit your smile and hold you back from being relaxed and confident in everyday social situations. Call (630) 333-9571 today to schedule a visit with a dentist at Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL.

Oral SurgeryThere are several conditions that may warrant getting oral surgery in Naperville. Sure, no one relishes the idea of surgery; however, your Naperville oral surgeon is ready to share some facts that will ensure that you’re prepared for your upcoming procedure. Here are some of the most common types of dental surgeries and what you can expect when you come into our office:
 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

These third molars are the last teeth to develop. While sometimes these teeth may erupt and not cause the patient any issues, more often than not these teeth either don’t fully erupt or aren’t properly aligned. This causes them to become impacted between the gums and the jawbone, which will also affect the health of surrounding teeth.
 

Dental Implants

To replace a missing tooth, we will surgically implant a metal post into the jawbone, which will fuse with the gum tissue and bone over time. This creates a strong foundation on which to place a realistic-looking artificial tooth (or crown). Dental implants are great for those with tooth loss who are looking for a long-term treatment option.
 

Biopsies

If you have a lesion in your mouth that looks suspect, we will perform a biopsy to check for oral cancer. We will remove a small piece of tissue and then send it to the lab for analysis.
 

Jaw Surgery

If your jaws aren’t properly aligned, this can cause problems not only with appearance but also with function. Surgery is often necessary to correct this problem and restore function.
 

Sleep Apnea

If other conservative treatments don’t help serious sleep apnea sufferers, then we can remove excess tissue from the back of the throat to significantly reduce symptoms.
 

Reconstructive surgery

Knocked-out teeth and facial injuries can make even the most everyday functions a challenge (e.g. eating). These procedures replace missing or damaged teeth, treat jawbone and gum damage, and correct jaw joint issues.
 

Pre-procedure

Before surgery, we will provide you with an outlined treatment plan. We will also discuss anesthesia options with you and you can feel free to ask any questions you may have about your surgery. Most surgeries are done under general anesthesia to ensure that the patient doesn’t experience any discomfort.
 

Post-procedure

As with any surgery, there will be a recovery period. If you’re under general anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself home afterwards. You will want someone to pick you up, as you will be groggy and tired. We may prescribe painkillers for treating recovery-related pain. We will provide you with some detailed do’s and don’ts for after surgery.
 

Call Dental Pointe Today!

Are you a patient of Dental Pointe? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below! If you have any questions before your upcoming oral surgery, or you need to schedule that much-needed procedure, don’t hesitate to call us today.