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Dental Implants

What Are My Tooth Replacement Options?

A single missing tooth or several missing teeth can have serious effects on dental function, aesthetics, and overall oral health. Fortunately, Dr. Dean Lodding and our team of dentists at Smile for Life Dental offer a full range of restorative dental treatment options that can replace missing teeth with exceptional results. The best option for you will ultimately depend on how many teeth are missing and other factors; however, rest assured that there are plenty... Continue Reading

Does Smoking Affect Dental Implants?

Our dentists believe that smoking just before dental implants are placed, and anytime after the procedure, can have a significantly negative effect on a variety of levels. In addition to increasing the risk of infection, smoking may dramatically slow the rate of healing after surgery. Plus, research has shown that there are high implant failure rates among individuals who smoke. Smoking can be detrimental to both soft oral tissues and bone tissue, which can severely... Continue Reading

How Many Dental Implants Will I Need for My Implant Denture?

An implant denture essentially offers patients a hybrid version of dental implants and custom dentures, reaping the benefits of both of these advanced treatments to provide exemplary missing teeth replacement results. Implant dentures do not require a dental implant for each missing tooth; instead, only a select number of implants will be necessary, and these implants will work to provide a stable and secure basis of support for the custom denture that will be placed... Continue Reading

Cosmetic Dentistry: Improving the Quality of Seniors’ Lives

As people get older, there are a number of smile issues that present themselves. Teeth may begin to wear, chip, crack, discolor, stain, experience sensitivity, or need to be removed. However, the fact you're a senior now certainly does not mean your smile is permanently doomed to a life of damage, stains, or missing teeth. Cosmetic Dentistry and Seniors Seniors have every reason to smile when it comes to the modern cosmetic dentistry options available... Continue Reading

Dental Implants: Counting the Cost of a Healthy Smile

When it comes to addressing tooth loss, dental implants have grown in popularity over the years. Perhaps, though, there's one factor that's holding you back from choosing this highly-effective dental procedure—the cost in comparison to other traditional solutions. The Dental Implant Dilemma A dental implant involves surgically placing a titanium screw in the jawbone, and then attaching a specially designed crown to the post. The result is a completely natural looking tooth that can last... Continue Reading

5 FAQs about Dental Implants

Have any questions about dental implants? Our informative slideshow addresses frequently asked questions about our dental implants in Elgin. Check it out!

Live A Healthy, Prosperous Life With Dental Implants

Have you ever considered obtaining dental implants, but are hesitant because of false rumors that receiving implants are a painful and difficult process? Put those false rumors aside and consider this life changing treatment under the careful care of Dr. Dean Lodding. Dental implants have exponentially advanced over the years where they acquire a 97-98% success rate. The treatment has become more predictable, it’s painless, and it’s a simple process to endure. As Dr. Lodding... Continue Reading

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Badly diseased or missing teeth can negatively impact more than your smile-ability. Lacking a full set of healthy chompers can also adversely affect your speech. Missing teeth can hinder your ability to comfortably and adequately chew food, leading to possible digestion issues. The loss of even a single tooth is capable of creating oral health issues such as bite and jaw misalignment, shifting teeth, or a “crooked” smile. Therefore, if you're missing a tooth, it's... Continue Reading

Check Out History of Outstanding Dental Implants Chicago!

How long have you been aware of dental implants? Chicago area patients sometimes question whether it’s a new and somewhat experimental practice in dentistry. Relieve your fears today. Did you know dental implants are the most thoroughly researched procedure in the history of dentistry? The process of purposely implanting titanium in bone with the intent of rooting prosthetic teeth began in 1965! Does that surprise you? Its popularity really began to grow in 1981 when... Continue Reading

Arrest Shrinking Gums with Dental Implants in Elgin!

Clothes become ill fitting when one loses weight, much as dentures do from loss of bone density. Dental implants offer Elgin residents an exciting alternative however! Why not promote the strengthening of your bones rather than contribute to their depletion? How can this be done? Unlike dentures that put pressure and stress on top of the gums and jaw bone, “in-the-bone” dental implants are actually surrounded by bone, and the chewing forces transfer pressures into the bone, much like teeth do.... Continue Reading