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People feel self-conscious about their smiles for a variety of reasons, including missing teeth. Tooth loss can occur at any age for many reasons, including disease and injury. If you have lost one or more of your teeth, dental implants from Oak Dental Associates might the be solution you’ve been looking for.

Dental implants are a remarkable development in restoration technology, because they restore the complete tooth structure above and below the gum line. They give you a more assured bite and blend in seamlessly with your remaining natural teeth. They can also be used to replace any number of teeth. Dental implants are made of two components: the visible outer part, and the hidden inner structure that supports it.

The inner part, or the post, is placed directly in the jaw bone and acts as an artificial root. The bone then grows around the post in a process called osseointegration and holds it firmly in place. The outer component can be a crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Once the post is fully integrated, it can be topped. This process varies from patient to patient, but you should plan on multiple visits for full completion.

If you have poor bone tissue, we can work with you to achieve a healthy environment to receive implants. There are many procedures to treat bone loss and deterioration in the jaw and sinus area.

Dental implants can fill in the gaps in your smile. If you have any questions about how implants work or to schedule a consultation with Drs. Chris Pallotto & Eric Osmolinski, please call our Oak Lawn, IL, office today.