A partial denture or a dental bridge can replace missing teeth, but nothing is as effective as dental implants. They look, feel, and function better than any other form of tooth replacement. They can even be used to stabilize dentures. Quality dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dr. Michael Morgan has received advanced training in implant dentistry from The Misch International Implant Institute and the WhiteCap Institute. He is also a member of the International College of Oral Implantologists—the world’s largest dental implant organization that also promotes the highest standards of patient care. When you turn to him for your dental implants, you can rest assured you are in good hands and will get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted without worrying about gaps or spaces between your teeth.
An implant mimics a natural tooth. It has a root form, usually made of titanium, that is surgically implanted in your jawbone. In two to six months, your jawbone will fuse to the implant. A dental crown is secured to the top of the implant. Dr. Morgan performs both the implant surgery and the crown placement. His advanced training in cosmetic dentistry helps him produce lifelike porcelain crowns. Your dental implant will look like your own natural tooth.
A missing tooth leaves an empty space. Without tooth roots to stimulate the jawbone, the bone begins to shrink. When all of your teeth are missing, your entire jawbone begins to shrink, your facial muscles lack support, and your face will sag. Similar to a natural tooth root, implants stimulate the jawbone, and prevent shrinkage and facial collapse.
A dental implant can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. It looks completely natural and lasts longer than a partial denture or a dental bridge. Partial dentures are clasped onto adjacent teeth to keep them in place. This can put stress on teeth and become uncomfortable. A dental bridge requires preparation to the tooth on either side of the missing one. When you receive an implant, other teeth are not used to support or stabilize it.
When all of your teeth are missing, implant-supported dentures from Dr. Morgan address so many of the concerns people have about wearing dentures. This can be a great option to help ensure your dentures stay in place, as well as to maintain the integrity of the bone structure of your jaw.
Dental implants can last a lifetime, but they require careful planning and placement. Some dentists take shortcuts to provide cheap dental implants. Substandard implant fixtures may be used, and only general x-rays may be taken instead of advanced diagnostic studies. Improper placement can puncture sinus cavities, harm other facial structures, or damage nerves. Pain, numbness, tingling, and infection can result.
Dr. Morgan will first determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Your medical history will be carefully reviewed. 3-D images are taken to provide a clear view of your jawbone, facial structure, sinus cavities, and nerves. The imaging studies aid in the precise placement of high-quality implant fixtures.
Each step of the process is completed in our office by Dr. Morgan—planning, implant surgery, and crown placement. This eliminates the time and expense of going to an oral surgeon for diagnostic studies and implant surgery. We understand how important your smile is to you and will meet with you to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Once you are approved, we can move ahead with the process. In no time, you will be smiling with pride.
If you are interested in this treatment, schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation. You will spend twenty minutes with Dr. Morgan and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more. Call us to schedule or submit our Request an Appointment form. We are proud to provide long-lasting quality dental implants to our patients residing throughout the Hinsdale, Burr Ridge and Downers Grove areas.