Discover Highland Park Dental Implant Services
Dental implants replace a lost or missing tooth in a way that is natural, sturdy, and long-lasting. At the Highland Park dental office of Carol Lockwood, DDS
, she can restore your dental implant to its original functionality and beauty by providing you with a new dental crown to replace one that is worn or damaged. If you are considering dental implants for the first time, she can also work with your oral surgeon to place the crown after the implant itself has been installed.
What Is a Dental Implant?
While dental implants are increasing in popularity in the United States, they are not a new concept by far. Dental implants made of bamboo and bone have been discovered in artifacts as much as 4,000 years old. However, modern dental implants were researched and placed starting in the 1950s.
Today's dental implants involve the implantation of an artificial titanium tooth root into your jawbone. This root acts similarly to a natural tooth root by anchoring your restoration in place. Because dental implants are considered a surgical procedure, they are typically placed at an oral surgeon's office. Once you’ve had time to heal following surgery, Dr. Lockwood can create a custom crown for your dental implant; this is the artificial tooth that attaches to the top of the dental implant to perfect your smile. Whether you are considering a dental implant for the first time or are noticing wear and tear on your existing dental crown, Dr. Lockwood is happy to provide Highland Park dental implant patients with the treatment they need to maintain bite functionality, as well as a beautiful smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer several distinct advantages over other tooth replacement methods, such as bridges or partial dentures. These benefits include:
- Jaw bone health - When you lose a tooth, the portion of the jawbone at that location starts to diminish. When this occurs, your face can take on a sunken-in appearance. Dental implants are the only option for replacing teeth that maintain healthy jaw bone density.
- Stability - Because the implant itself is firmly secured in the jawbone, it will not slip or slide out of place, as a partial denture can, when speaking or eating. While dental implants require a few months for complete healing after oral surgery, they can ultimately feel more natural than other restorations because they are a long-term tooth replacement solution.
- No damage to healthy structures - Unlike fixed bridges and dentures, dental implants do not rest on or rub against gum tissue, nor do they require altering existing healthy teeth to place.
When you choose dental implants, you are getting a life-long tooth replacement that truly benefits your oral health. To help keep your investment looking its best, Dr. Lockwood offers dental implant restorations in Highland Park.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Lockwood for My Dental Implant Restoration?
When you undergo dental implant surgery, you expect the end result to be a natural-looking dental implant that shows no signs you lost a tooth or teeth. Achieving this effect requires careful attention to detail and working with a dentist who will communicate with you to ensure you achieve your best appearance.
Dr. Lockwood uses high-resolution magnifying loupes to better view the tooth and to ensure each fine detail and imperfection is corrected. She utilizes this same commitment to creating beautiful teeth for every dental implant restoration she creates.
To learn about dental implant restoration in Highland Park, schedule an appointment
at Dr. Lockwood’s dental office.