Tooth loss is one of the most devastating dental issues that can affect a person. In order to minimize the amount of damage that results from tooth loss, it is critical that dental patients seek effective treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.


When you meet your dentist, you will probably find that there are a number of different restorative dental treatments from which you can choose. Two of these treatment options are traditional dental implants and mini dental implants.

Today our Lincoln Park dental implant dentists are going to be telling you even more about these exciting treatments.

Here is what full-sized and mini dental implants have in common:

· They both have titanium roots that extend into the patient’s jawbone

· Both can be capped with natural-looking dental restorations to create stand-alone replacement teeth

· The titanium roots of these implants will osseointegrate (bond with) the patient’s natural bone tissue

· Both stay in place permanently, and are not removable

The primary differences between full-sized and mini dental implants has to do with (you guessed it!) the size of the implant root. Mini implant roots are thinner (and thus less traumatic for the bone tissue upon insertion) than conventional implant roots.

While full-sized implant roots are generally capped with dental crowns, and used to create stand-alone replacement teeth, mini implant roots are usually used to hold other dental prosthetics—like dentures in place. It only takes a few mini implants (usually 4 or 5) to hold a full denture permanently in place.

The type of replacement tooth that is right for you will depend on a number of factors: your current oral health, budget, timeline, desired aesthetic result, and more. Our Lincoln Park dental implant dentists are here to help you make the perfect decision for your unique smile, so give us a call!

29Sep

Plaque is one of the biggest dangers to your healthy and beautiful smile. Both daily oral hygiene routines and professional dental cleanings are designed to clear plaque off of your teeth and oral tissues.

In today’s article our Lincoln Park dentists will be giving you more information about plaque—how it threatens your smile, and what you can do about it. We hope that this information will help you understand what you need to do to care for your smile!

Plaque develops every single day, throughout the day and night. When you eat and drink, the oral bacteria in your mouth feed off of the substances you consume. Plaque is a sticky film in which oral bacteria reside—this film sticks to your enamel and gum tissues.

As plaque sits on your oral surfaces, the oral bacteria within produce acids. These acids weaken your enamel and oral tissues—leaving you prone to cavities, dental damage, and oral infections.

Plaque, when it is newly developed, is a malleable film. However, when plaque is allowed to sit, undisturbed, on your smile for days it calcifies in to a substance called tartar. Tartar is very difficult to remove; in fact, you’ll likely need a dentist to use professional tools in order to eliminate plaque.

So, when you brush and floss your teeth at home, you are helping your smile by clearing away newly developed plaque. Then, when you complete your semi-annual professional dental cleanings, our dental team gets rid of calcified plaque (tartar) that has accumulated on your smile over the past six months.

An optimal oral hygiene routine combines diligent at-home dental care with state-of-the-art professional cleanings. If you want to learn more about how you can protect your smile from the dangers of plaque please call our Lincoln Park dentists to get more information!

15Sep

When you are missing teeth, you will probably notice that it is harder for you to go through your normal daily process. Additionally, you may feel less confident about the appearance of your smile. The good news is that there are effective treatment options that can help you rebuild your smile after tooth loss. Today, we are going to be discussing how our Lincoln Park restorative dentists are able to stabilize dentures, so keep reading for more information!

You are probably already familiar with the concept of dentures: dentures replace several missing teeth in a row—often they are used to replace the entire top or bottom row of the smile. Traditionally, dentures have been designed to sit on top of the patient’s gum tissue. The patient would secure the denture with specially formulated adhesive in order to improve the stability of the replacement teeth.

Now, however, our dental team can attach your dentures permanently in your mouth. In order to do this, we insert mini dental implant roots into your jawbone. These mini roots are made of titanium, because titanium is actually able to bond to natural bone tissue. Once the mini implant roots are in place, the will form a stable foundation for your dental prosthetic.

In order to make the mini implants work with your denture, we will customize the bottom of your denture, so that it fits into place over your implant roots. The mechanism that holds your denture in place is similar to a ball and socket joint.

Once the denture is secured in place, it will stay in your mouth all of the time. You will care for your denture much like you care for your natural teeth and gum tissue.

Discover how comfortable and natural looking dentures can be with the addition of dental implants. Call our Lincoln Park dental implant dentists for more information!

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