Dental implants have changed the lives of many of our Palatine patients for the better. An implant is different from other types of tooth replacement because it is a standalone unit that doesn’t rely on healthy teeth for support.
A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that Dr. Unti places surgically in your jawbone. During healing, a process called osseointegration occurs. This means that the biocompatible implant naturally fuses with the bone and tissue around it.
When healing is complete in about 4-6 months, the implant has the same stability that the natural tooth root did. The presence of the artificial root also helps prevent jawbone loss that occurs after tooth loss.
Because the implant relies on healthy bone and gum tissue to hold it in place, you must commit to being diligent with your gum health. Without conscientious brushing and flossing, you can develop inflammation around the implant called peri-implantitis that leads to bone loss. Without sufficient bone to support the implant, it will eventually fall out.
When planning dental implant placement at our Palatine dental office, we will discuss what’s involved with caring for it, so you know what to expect. With just a little extra effort on your part, you will be rewarded with many years—possibly a lifetime—of use for your implant.
If you are considering dental implants and have questions, please call Palatine Complete Dental, and we will be happy to assist you.