Achieving a more beautiful smile is easy with the assistance of a quality dental team in the Chicago area. Patients are welcome to contact Pleasant Dental® to discuss general, cosmetic, and restorative dental solutions. When men and women are missing teeth, they often call Dr. Dean Dietrich to discuss tooth replacement options. For many adults, dental implants are the treatment of choice.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are small screw-like restorations that are surgically placed into the bone. They are made of a material called titanium, which is a metal that is biocompatible with the body. This metal does not rust or disintegrate, allowing it to last a lifetime for our patients. This is one of the primary advantages of dental implants – permanent replacement.

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Other benefits of dental implants

Dental implants, while costlier initially, provide better value over time. They have a high success rate of over 95 percent. Patients are deemed appropriate candidates when they have sufficient bone structure for the stabilization of the implant. This is how dental implants maintain their strength, which sets them apart from alternative options including dentures and bridges. Dentures and bridges may still play a part in dental implant placement, dentures can be held in place by dental implants, and an implant may act as an anchor tooth for a dental bridge.

Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The idea behind an implant is that it acts as a replacement tooth root. Then, after placement, the implant is restored based on the needs of the patient. For replacing a single tooth, it is restored with a dental crown. Other times it may be placed to anchor a bridge or full denture. Dr. Dean Dietrich consults with patients before their surgical procedure to discuss their needs and whether they are appropriate candidates for dental implants.

Chicago-area residents wanting to repair the smile are welcome to contact the team of Pleasant Dental® today. Our friendly, helpful front office staff can be reached at (708) 576-1900 to schedule an appointment.

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