One of the most amazing innovations in modern dentistry is dental implants. It is estimated that over three million people have had their lives changed by dental implants. Dental implants have a proven success rate of 98%, which is why they are the gold standard for tooth replacement today.

But many people still don't have a full understanding of implants and what they can do, so here are a few helpful things to know about this innovative tooth replacement:

Dental implants are actually made up of three parts. First, the implant itself, which is a replacement root made up of a tiny titanium post that’s surgically placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal. After the site has healed, the Mount Prospect dental implants dentist will attach an attachment piece to the implant called the abutment. Finally, a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture will be attached to restore function and esthetics.

Dental implants are permanent. A dental implant mimics a natural tooth root, but better. The implant itself becomes a permanent part of your anatomy because the titanium post is absorbed by the jawbone and tissue in a process called osseointegration. While the restoration may need to be replaced at some point, the implant’s not going anywhere!

Dental implants can be used to stabilize dentures. The most common complaint among denture wearers is the embarrassment and discomfort caused by slipping and movement. Dental implants are the perfect solution because they hold the denture securely in place. The Mount Prospect dental implants dentist places implants at certain points along the jaw, and a denture with corresponding attachments snaps onto the implant. The result is a permanent solution for uncomfortable dentures!

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Would you like to learn more about dental implants and the ways they can improve your oral health AND your life? Please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a dental implants consultation with our dentist.

The team at our Troy family dentist office loves treating children because we want to give them the best possible start with their oral health. Early visits with your little ones aren’t as much about treatment as they are education.

Raising kids is hard work, and nobody expects you to be an expert in their oral health care. That’s where we come in. During these early visits, we will focus on educating you about the ways you can help ensure that your child has a healthy smile.

Teaching Your Child to Brush and Floss

We will show you the best ways for you to brush and floss your child’s teeth. If you have an older child, our dentist will include them in the conversation so that they can learn proper oral hygiene techniques. These are lessons that, when reinforced at home, will benefit your child’s oral health long into adulthood.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential at every age, even for children as young as a year old. We want to make sure you have the information necessary to protect primary teeth because they play a very important role.

Even though they eventually fall out, baby teeth have a big job to do. They hold a place for the permanent teeth that are already developing in their gums. Losing a baby tooth too early because of decay can have serious effects on your child’s oral health. 

Surrounding baby teeth start to shift position and drift into the space left by a missing tooth. Permanent teeth no longer have the space to grow in properly, leading to tooth misalignment and orthodontic treatment in the future.

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Let us help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. In some cases, we refer children to a pedodontist, who specializes in children's dentistry. We will help you make the best choices for your child's unique and precious personality.

Dental emergencies can be frightening and often painful.  Prompt treatment is almost always necessary to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival. ALWAYS contact the Mount Prospect family dentist if you have a dental emergency. We always keep time open in our schedule for our emergency patients!

Here are a few of the more common dental emergencies and how you should handle them until you can get to our office:

Tooth knocked out

If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, it is essential to contact our emergency dentist immediately since tissues, nerves and blood vessels can become damaged.  If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again. Contact your dentist immediately.

  1. DO NOT touch the root of the tooth. Pick it up carefully by the crown and rinse under warm water. 
  2. Place the tooth back in the socket if possible.
  3. If you cannot place the tooth, put it into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort.  It is important to keep the tooth from drying out.
  4. Get to the dentist, quickly and safely.

We will do what we can to replace the tooth in its natural socket, but if the root structure of the tooth is seriously damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary.

Lost filling or crown

Once you’ve lost a filling the affected tooth may become highly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.  When a crown comes out make a dental appointment as soon as possible.  Keep the crown in a cool, safe place so the Mount Prospect family dentist can try to reinsert it.  If the dentist is not immediately available you can follow these temporary steps.

  1. Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
  2. Clean the crown and reattach with dental cement. This can be purchased at the local pharmacy. DO NOT use regular glue!
  3. If you’ve lost a filling smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.

Cracked or broken teeth

Natural teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks. If the crack extends into the root, the pain may be extreme.  If a tooth fractured or cracked, you must see the dentist as quickly as possible.

Time is of the essence when you have a dental emergency, but we are always here for you!


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