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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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We understand that choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision and you want to make the best choice. Here are some of the most common questions we receive in our office.

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Dental Implants

For the most part, yes. 

Dental implants are incredibly strong, and they mimic your natural teeth better than any other dental restoration out there. Dental implants in Aurora, IL restore your ability to chew properly and enjoy the foods you love. 

If you have dental implants in your smile, you aren’t limited to only a soft or liquid diet once your mouth has healed. You can eat a regular diet and chew all your favorite foods, but you need to be extra careful with hard, sharp, or especially chewy foods.

Dental Implant Problems Diagram of dental implant in 60506

Even though your dental implants are highly durable and can withstand significant force, they are not invincible. While you can eat all sorts of foods with dental implants, our Aurora, IL dentists advise you to avoid relying on your dental implants for tough, hard foods. When you’re eating a meal that has potentially problematic foods such as steak or hard vegetables, you don’t need to be afraid—just make sure not to bite down using only your dental implants. Chew your food as you usually would, and rely on your strong back molars to work through any tricky items. 

Dental implants make it possible for you to eat a wide range of foods without fear or hesitation. If you treat your dental implants with care and respect while eating, they will take care of you for years to come. Contact our dentist office in 60506 for more information on dental implants in Aurora, IL. 

 

Dental Implants Feel, Look, and Function Like Natural TeethDental implant diagram | Dentist Aurora Il

Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant replaces the entire tooth structure, from the supporting foundation of the root to the natural shape and contour of a crown. The implant surface fuses with your bone to create a bond that results in a strong solid tooth you can use to eat virtually any food.

You Can Never Get Cavities on Dental Implants

Since dental implants are not made with biological material, it can not be penetrated or degraded by bacteria that cause dental cavities on natural teeth. However, bacteria living in the mouth can cause bone loss around both implants and natural teeth if proper hygiene is not achieved. That is the reason why the same level of care for your natural teeth need to be followed for implants.

Dental Implants Have a Very High Success Rate

It has actually been more than 50 years since the first dental implants were placed in humans. Many advances have been made since then to improve the design and outcome. Today, dental implants have become very predictable and routine solutions to replacing missing teeth with a success rate of over 95%.

Implant-Supported Dentures in 60506

Dental implants can be used to replace one, multiple or even all missing teeth. If you currently have full dentures, the biggest complaint is probably dentures becoming loose over time as the bone and gum recede. Not only can it be frustrating having a denture moving around in the mouth as you are trying to chew up your favorite food, but it is also embarrassing to worry about the denture coming out when you cough, sneeze, or even just to talk. With as few as only two dental implants placed, an entire denture can be stabilized and these worries will no longer be an issue. Call us today for a free implant consultation to see how it can benefit you.

 

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Both Dr. Wang and Dr. Ma take patient comfort seriously and provide the most gentle dentistry possible. We want to make it easy for our patients to choose the care that will best support their oral health and ensure that you have a positive experience while you are with us.

Placing dental implants is actually a relatively minor surgery. Our dentists are experienced in the placement of single and multiple implants, as well as implants for securing dentures.

What to Expect During A Dental Implant Procedure

Most patients who receive dental implant treatment have minimal post-op pain for a day or two that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory brand. We will discuss which will work best for you. Often times, there is less discomfort compared to an extraction, and healing times are generally faster.

We will go over how to care for your dental implant as it heals so that you can enjoy an optimal outcome.

Within a few days, you should begin to feel significantly better as your body’s natural healing process takes over. If discomfort persists, we recommend that you contact our office right away. We are here to make sure that your dental appointment and the healing process go smoothly.

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