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Dental Implant Restoration

Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth and their roots. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth or all teeth. They can also be used as a fixed foundation that holds removable full or partial dentures in place with stability and security.

The dental implant has three components:

  • The anchor (root) is usually made of titanium and is surgically placed in the jawbone by an oral surgeon. We work in partnership with an oral surgeon to place all of our patients’ implants, so you can be assured of experience and quality. Once the anchor has healed and fused to the jawbone, the abutment is placed.
  • The abutment (post) is placed on the anchor. This is the post that will hold the replacement tooth. (In some implants, the anchor and post are one piece.)
  • Finally, we will create and place the tooth. The tooth is custom crafted to fit and look completely natural in your smile, and is then permanently placed on the post.

Once the procedure is complete, dental implants look, feel and function just as natural teeth do. You’ll be smiling, eating and speaking with confidence again.

If you already have a dental implant and experience problems with the porcelain tooth – if it breaks, chips or needs to be replaced – we can help. We offer dental implant restorations that can return your implant to strength, function and a natural appearance.

Inlays

An inlay is a custom dental restoration (filling) that can be made of gold or tooth-colored porcelain. It is used to repair damage within the cusps of the tooth. Porcelain inlays are most popular because they are permanently cemented and resemble your natural tooth.

Inlays are used to:

  • Restore broken or fractured teeth.
  • Provide a cosmetic enhancement.
  • Restore decayed teeth or large cavities
  • Replace fractured or large fillings.

Restorative Dentistry

Chicago Dental Crowns, Bridges, Implants, Fillings and Dentures

Returning Teeth to Health and Strength

Even with regular dental care, teeth can wear, break, chip, decay and even fall out. When these problems occur, they affect more than your confidence; they can impact your health.

Decay can lead to infection and bone loss; the other problems can cause a shift in the position and comfort of your bite, possibly causing TMJ and other jaw-related pain.

The good news is that these dental problems are easily resolved with restorative dental treatments. Many of these restorations are created in a lab. We have the good fortune of having a dental lab down the hall from our office. We work closely with this lab to ensure the quality, integrity and fit of our custom dental restorations.

Crowns

A crown, also called a cap, is a dental restoration that completely covers the entire tooth, restoring the tooth to comfort, function, appearance and strength. We place crowns made of gold, porcelain to gold or all porcelain. A crown is used to restore:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • A tooth that has had root canal therapy
  • A tooth with a large cavity
  • Discolored, misshapen teeth

Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that is used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. Dental bridges are made of all porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). We will determine which is the best option for you. The bridge consists of two dental crowns that are used to “anchor” the bridge in place. These crowns are placed on existing healthy teeth. Between the crowns are “pontics,” artificial teeth that replace the missing teeth. A dental bridge is an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth and will last for many years.

Onlays

An onlay (also called a partial crown) is a custom dental filling made of gold or tooth-colored porcelain. An onlay is used for larger cavity or fracture. It is bigger than an inlay, extends above one or more cusps of the teeth and is permanently cemented. Many people prefer the porcelain onlay because it closely resembles the natural tooth.

Onlays are used to:

  • Restore broken or fractured teeth.
  • Provide a cosmetic enhancement.
  • Restore decayed teeth or large cavities
  • Replace fractured or large fillings.

White Fillings

White fillings are made of a tooth-colored composite and are used to restore teeth to health and a natural appearance. They can be placed in one visit.

White fillings are used to:

  • Repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
  • Close gaps or spaces between two teeth.
  • Restore worn or decayed teeth.

Full and Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting.

Dentures do more than replace missing teeth. They also:

  • Enhance the smile
  • Support facial tissues
  • Improve the ability to chew, speak and digest food

Root Canal Therapy

We have a long-term relationship with a renowned endodontist. For your convenience and peace of mind, we will refer you to this endodontist for your care; you can be assured of the gentle, excellent treatment you will receive there.

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