Dental Implants

Chicago Dental Esthetics

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Skokie, IL

While dentures and bridges give you options to replace a missing tooth or teeth, they can be uncomfortable and may need to be replaced over the years. To give you a long-lasting, natural-feeling replacement tooth, Samantha Rabor, DDS, offers dental implants at Chicago Dental Esthetics in Skokie, Illinois. If you’re missing a tooth or set of teeth, don’t wait to call the office or schedule your consultation online today.

Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants give you a way to replace a missing tooth with a new tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth. That’s because instead of using adhesive, crowns, or a metal framework to stay in place, the dental implant is rooted in your jaw just like the rest of your teeth. 

This type of replacement tooth is longer-lasting than other tooth replacement options. With proper care, your dental implant can last your lifetime. Additionally, a dental implant protects your other teeth while other replacement teeth like a bridge can compromise them.

To place a bridge, for example, Dr. Rabor has to remove a portion of the teeth on either side of your missing tooth so she can put crowns over those teeth to hold your bridge in place. When you choose a dental implant, you fill the gap in your smile without affecting your other teeth.

How do I get a dental implant?

A dental implant requires surgery, during which Dr. Rabor places a metal post in your jawbone. This dental implant serves as the root for your replacement teeth. 

After the implant is placed, you enter a waiting period. This allows your jawbone to heal and osseointegrate to the post, meaning it fuses with your jawbone. Once this healing process is over, you have an extremely stable root for your replacement tooth. 

Then, Dr. Rabor places your crown — a replacement tooth that’s shaped and colored to look just like your natural tooth — on your dental implant. You leave her office with a full, functional smile.

If you’re missing more than one tooth, talk to Dr. Rabor about it. She may be able to mount multiple teeth to a single dental implant. She explains your options so you can make the right choice for your smile goals. 

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?

To get a dental implant, you need a healthy jaw that’s finished growing. Kids and teens should wait to get an implant until their jaws are fully developed.

If you’re an adult interested in a dental implant, Dr. Rabor ensures you have healthy gums and tests the strength of your jawbone to confirm that it can safely and stably support the dental implant. If it can’t, she talks with you about your options, including ways to improve your bone density.

To find out if a dental implant is the right choice for you, call Chicago Dental Esthetics or make your appointment online today.