If you happen to be a young child with a missing tooth, then good for you! Soon, the tooth fairy will pay you a visit and replace your tooth with a shiny, new coin. If you’re an adult with a missing tooth, however, then what would be good for you is to replace that tooth with a dental implant. Dr. Paul Caputo in Naperville, IL, uses dental implants to restore functional and beautiful smiles to people with missing teeth.
Missing teeth happen for a variety of reasons ranging from severe decay or a deep crack caused by traumatic injury to a failed root canal or periodontal disease. Whatever the reason, replacing missing teeth is imperative in order to avoid a host of other problems including shifting teeth, worsening gum disease, difficulty talking and chewing and the emotional toll that an incomplete smile can have on a person.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is actually comprised of two parts. The first is the implant, which is typically a biocompatible post made of titanium. This post is imbedded in the jaw bone beneath your missing tooth and as such acts similarly to a natural tooth root. The other part is the crown or the portion of a tooth that is visible above the gum line. Together, the post and crown accurately mimic a real tooth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
In order to ensure that his patients experience the best dental implant procedure possible, Dr. Caputo coordinates your treatment with highly regarded implant dentists, periodontists and oral surgeons, one of whom will surgically implant the post. Implant dentistry can be a straightforward and painless process if you have the right team, and you’ll find that with Dr. Caputo’s Naperville practice. Once you’ve healed from surgery and the post and bone have fused, you’ll return to Dr. Caputo’s office where he will attach a custom-designed porcelain crown to the post.
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Caputo. We serve patients from Naperville, IL, as well as the surrounding communities of Bolingbrook, Aurora, Plainfield, Romeoville, and all of northwestern Illinois.