Dr. Brian Homann is a dentist with an office in Elk Grove Village. He offers a variety of services that include cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea therapy, preventive dentistry, and Invisalign.
What are dental implants in Elk Grove Village like?
Dental implants are intended to replace missing teeth and thus keep the jawbone strong. A dental implant has three parts: a screw-like post, an abutment, and an artificial tooth. The post is essentially an artificial tooth root, and it is typically made of titanium, a metal with two large advantages. The patient’s body won’t reject the titanium post, and the titanium will gradually fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
Getting a dental implant requires several appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will examine the patient’s mouth and take 3D images or X-rays. During the next appointment, the dentist will perform the actual implant surgery. They will use a local anesthetic and/or IV sedation to keep the patient comfortable.
The osseointegration process will take several months, and the dentist will spend that time monitoring the patient’s progress. They will also have the artificial tooth made. Most patients will get a crown, but patients who are getting several missing teeth replaced will get a bridge or dentures. During the final visit, they will bond the crown to the abutment.
What are composite restorations?
Composite restorations, also known as white fillings, are made from a durable substance called composite resin. It is used to repair cracked or decayed teeth. Composite resin bonds more strongly to the tooth than does the old-fashioned silver filling, which means that it is less likely to fall out. The dentist can also tinker with the resin so its color will match that of the tooth. The composite resin thus provides a more natural look.
Getting a composite restoration typically requires only one visit. The dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and thoroughly clean it. After filling the cavity, the dentist will shape the filling, so it looks like a natural part of the tooth.
To learn more about dental implants in Elk Grove Village, contact Brian Homann, DDS, or visit the website https://www.elkgrovevillageildentist.com/.