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By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
August 30, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Have you heard about dental implants? If so, it’s only natural to want to know more about this revolutionary tooth replacement solution. The truth is, dental implants have changed the world of dentistry forever. They offer benefits that can’t be equaled by dental bridges, partials, or dentures. Dr. Hartej S. Sood in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, offers dental implants to rebuild your smile.

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about dental implants:

How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?

You can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You can also use dental implants to provide a supportive framework for a denture. This type of appliance is called an overdenture or implant-supported denture.

Am I healthy enough for dental implants?

If your overall health is good, chances are you will be an excellent candidate for dental implants. If you have diabetes, you smoke, have had radiation or cancer in your jaws, or you have a history of periodontal disease, be sure and let your dentist know. These conditions can affect how well you heal and the success of your dental implants.

Why should I choose dental implants instead of dental bridges or dental appliances?

Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. The dental implant crown looks just like natural tooth enamel. Dental implants are completely stable because they are firmly embedded in bone, so they won’t move around. They are also the most convenient tooth replacement because you never have to take them out, and you brush and floss them just like natural teeth. Dental bridges and dental appliances don’t provide the natural good looks, stability, and convenience of dental implants.

How successful are dental implants?

They are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

If you are missing your smile, you owe it to yourself to consider dental implants. Join the many people who have chosen dental implants to rebuild their smiles. Get started today by calling Dr. Hartej Sood in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. Call now!

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
August 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
RegeneratingLostBoneCanMakeDentalImplantsaReality

Every day the forces you generate when you bite or chew can exert enormous pressure on your teeth. And day after day your teeth remain stable and secure, thanks to an intricate system of periodontal ligaments, attaching gum tissue and bone. The latter element is especially important — healthy bone makes healthy teeth.

And vice-versa — the same biting forces are transmitted through the tooth root to the bone via the periodontal ligament to stimulate new bone growth to replace older bone that has dissolved (resorbed). If a tooth’s missing, however, the bone doesn’t receive that stimulation, and the resorbed bone isn’t replaced at a healthy rate. In fact, you can lose up to a quarter of bone width in the first year alone after tooth loss.

And this can cause a problem when you’re looking to replace that missing tooth with what’s considered the best restorative option available: dental implants. Known for their life-likeness and durability, implants nonetheless need sufficient bone to anchor properly for the best outcome. Without it, implants simply aren’t practical.

But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story: it’s quite possible to regenerate enough bone to support implants through bone grafting. Bone material from the patient (or another donor, human, animal or synthetic) is placed under the gum at the missing tooth site to serve as a scaffold for new growth. The new bone growth will eventually replace the graft material.

The size of the graft and extent of the procedure depends of course on the amount of bone loss at the site. Loss can be kept to a minimum, though, if the graft is placed immediately after a tooth extraction, a common practice now. After a few months, the bone created through the graft is sufficient for supporting an implant and gives you the best chance for a beautiful outcome.

If you’re considering an implant for a missing tooth, you should schedule a consultation appointment with us as soon as possible. After a thorough dental exam, we’ll be able to tell you if bone grafting to support implants is a good idea for you. It adds a little more time to the overall implant process, but the results — a new, more attractive smile — will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on bone regeneration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Can Dentists Rebuild Bone?

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileCosmetic dentistry has helped numerous patients experience a smile renewal—even after years of coping with their smile imperfections. Cosmetic treatments can reduce the appearance of spaces between the teeth, change their color, smooth out ridges, and add stability. Find out how Dr. Hartej Sood, a dentist serving patients in Chicago, IL, can add vitality and newness to your smile.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
One specialty offered at many dentist offices is cosmetic dentistry. Its focus is on beautifying, restoring, recoloring, and rearranging the teeth so that the patient has a better-looking (and feeling) smile. Some patients only need a minor treatment, while others may require a full smile makeover. The demand for cosmetic dentistry has been strong since ancient times in human history when people tried to fix their smiles using stones, shells, and bones. Thankfully, the technology has advanced significantly since then.

Common Treatments
When you visit your Chicago, IL, dentist for a cosmetic consultation, you’ll have an X-ray taken along with a visual examination of your smile. Based on this exam, which should only take about 30 minutes to an hour, Dr. Sood will recommend the best way to improve your smile. These are some of the most common treatments:

  • Veneers, to cover imperfections.
  • Crown Restorations, to secure and strengthen damaged teeth.
  • Dental Implants, to replace missing or loose teeth.
  • Dentures, to replace a full row of teeth.
  • Gum Surgery, to reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
  • Invisalign Braces, to update the positioning of the teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry Has Many Benefits
Statistics published by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) shows that there’s a consistent demand for cosmetic procedures. If you’re still unsure if cosmetic dentistry is the right choice for you, consider these benefits:

  • A nice smile can inspire you to be more social and improves your overall appearance.
  • When your teeth are more favorably aligned and closely placed, they give you better support when chewing.
  • Many cosmetic treatments are quick and easy. Some only require one relatively short dental visit.

Improve Your Smile
Take some time to explore the various benefits of having your Chicago, IL, dentist fix up your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Call (773) 327-0011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood today!

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
January 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  
Implant-SupportedDenturesCouldBoostYourJawboneHealth

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Hartej S. Sood, DDS
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsHow dental implants from your dentist in Chicago, IL, can help you regain your smile

Have you lost your smile because of missing teeth? Are you tired of having large gaps because of missing teeth? If so, you need to discover the benefits of dental implants! Your dentist, Dr. Hartej S. Sood, in Chicago, IL, offers dental implants that will replace your missing teeth, fill in the large gaps, and help you regain your smile.

Dental implants are popular, and for good reason. They provide the most natural-looking, fully-functioning tooth replacement available today. They offer benefits that other tooth replacement methods like dental bridges, removable partials, and dentures can’t provide. Consider these amazing benefits:

  • Dental implants look just like natural teeth; the dental implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble tooth enamel.
  • Dental implants are completely stable; they won’t ever move because they are surrounded and embedded in bone.
  • Dental implants are easy to maintain; you can just brush and floss them with your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are permanent; they resist stains and will never decay. They can last a lifetime. with proper care.

Dental implants also help you maintain bone, because your body will produce more bone to fuse with the dental implants. This means a firmer jawline and more youthful facial contours for you.

You can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth with dental implants. You can also provide a strong foundation for a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants. No matter how many teeth you have lost, you can regain your smile with dental implants.

When you choose dental implants to replace lost teeth, you are choosing the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

If you need to regain your smile, choose the best, dental implants! Find out more about the benefits of dental implants by calling your dentist, Dr. Hartej S. Sood, in Chicago, IL. Call now and get started on your new smile!