There are a number of reasons for why people lose their teeth. Although it’s unfortunate that one should lose a tooth or two, sometimes circumstances make these things unavoidable. Whatever the reason for why you’ve lost a tooth, it’s important that you regain the aesthetics of your smile. When it comes to stability and added functionality, dental implants are the way to go.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant in Winnebago IL is a replacement for a dental root that has gone missing once the tooth has fallen off. Basically, a titanium rod is drilled into the jawbone through the vacated dental socket. Once the rod has been anchored into the jawbone, Dr. Benassi can then screw in porcelain crown in order to make it seem like a tooth is still in place.

Why is titanium used?

While most of the dental procedures often require the use of gold or stainless steel, the reason for why titanium is used is because of its unique ability to osseointegrate, or fuse to the bone. This osseointegration essentially makes the titanium rod to become integrated into the bone matrix. The process increases the stability and durability of dental implants because the titanium rods aren’t just drilled into the jawbone but integrated into the jaw bone matrix.

How is the procedure done?

Dr. Benassi will have to first assess the state of your gums and existing teeth before giving you the go signal for the procedure. Given that you’re in the all clear for the procedure, he will then lift out a piece of gum tissue covering the socket in order to expose the underlying bone tissue. Your dentist will then drill through the bone and insert the titanium rod. The gum will then be stitched back into place. It takes around six weeks to six months before the rod could be fused to the jawbones properly. Once the implant has healed, Dr. Benassi can then screw in the porcelain crown to cap off the procedure.

Are you a suitable candidate for this procedure?

Because this procedure is rather invasive and involves the drilling into jawbones, individuals with periodontitis or any form of gum disease may not be suitable for the dental implant procedure. Some patients who lack jawbone density or enough healthy periodontal tissues may need to receive bone or gum grafts before the procedure can be successfully performed. Dental x-rays may also be necessary in order for your dentist to properly asses your dental health.