Why some patients choose dental implants for tooth replacement


When patients are faced with options for replacing missing teeth, they may feel overwhelmed. They may be unsure as to which solution is best for their specific needs. There are several options available including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. Which one is right for me? Which one is more affordable? Which one provides permanent repair? These are all questions many patients ask our dental staff when they arrive seeking tooth replacement options.


For patients seeking permanent, long-term solutions to tooth loss, dental implants may be recommended. Dental implants are titanium posts used by dentists to act as a natural tooth root. They are placed during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw and then restored in a number of different ways. They may hold a dental crown over the abutment or a dental bridge to replace several teeth. Some patients utilize dental implants for implant-supported dentures. Dr. J.S. Whitson finds these versatile restorations to be a wonderful option for many.


Patients considering dental implants need to ensure they have sufficient bone structure to hold the restoration in place. Once the implant is in place, it stimulates the process called osseointegration in which the bone wraps around the implant to hold it firmly to the jaw. The primary benefit of dental implants is the ability to replace a tooth for life. With proper care and attention, as well as regular dental examinations, patients can enjoy their implant for a lifetime!


At J.S. Whitson LTD, patients in and around the area of 924 E Glen Avenue in Peoria Heights, IL are encouraged to take the time to learn about dental implants and how they can greatly improve the beauty, function, and health of the smile. Dental implants are readily available in our practice. Our front office team can be reached at (309) 688-7321 to schedule an appointment and find out more regarding the methods of tooth replacement that can be used to improve the smile.

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