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    October 28, 2021
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DENTAL IMPLANTS Dentistry has come a long way from the days of George Washington and his wooden choppers. One of the best ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth these days is with a dental implant. What's implanted is a pin, usually made of titanium, and it goes into your jaw. It acts as a replacement root to support an artificial tooth. Implants are generally preferable to dentures in that they don't slip. That makes talking and chewing easier. Inserting the pin is a procedure normally done under local anesthesia. Not everyone, however, is a candidate for an implant. For one thing, you have to have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant. If you don't have enough bone, under some conditions the dentist might be able to graft bone. Gum condition is also a consideration when determining if someone is a viable candidate for an implant. Even if you have implants, you'll want to continue regular visits to the dentist. For one thing, the dentist will want to check regularly on the condition of the implant and of the tissue in the immediate area of the work. For instance, tissue near the implant might not receive as much blood flow as tissue elsewhere in your mouth, and therefore could be more susceptible to infection. Talk with your dentist about whether you're a candidate for an implant. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 880026L10-WS DENTAL IMPLANTS Dentistry has come a long way from the days of George Washington and his wooden choppers. One of the best ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth these days is with a dental implant. What's implanted is a pin, usually made of titanium, and it goes into your jaw. It acts as a replacement root to support an artificial tooth. Implants are generally preferable to dentures in that they don't slip. That makes talking and chewing easier. Inserting the pin is a procedure normally done under local anesthesia. Not everyone, however, is a candidate for an implant. For one thing, you have to have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implant. If you don't have enough bone, under some conditions the dentist might be able to graft bone. Gum condition is also a consideration when determining if someone is a viable candidate for an implant. Even if you have implants, you'll want to continue regular visits to the dentist. For one thing, the dentist will want to check regularly on the condition of the implant and of the tissue in the immediate area of the work. For instance, tissue near the implant might not receive as much blood flow as tissue elsewhere in your mouth, and therefore could be more susceptible to infection. Talk with your dentist about whether you're a candidate for an implant. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 880026L10-WS