A smile that has lost one or more teeth is affected in many ways. It may not look as beautiful, and the missing teeth can cause problems such as bone loss, shifting of the existing teeth, and inefficient chewing. It is important that patients seek a solution from a dentist as soon as a tooth is lost or extracted to get proper treatment and enjoy a healthier smile.
Patients have many options for tooth replacement including dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. Drs. Mike Milligan and Marisa Milligan of Eastland Dental Center in Bloomington will suggest dental implants for patients who want a long-term option for replacing one or more teeth. These versatile restorations are a wonderful way for patients to restore their smiles that closely resembles their natural teeth.
Dental implants are titanium posts that the dentist surgically places into the bone of the jaw. The post acts as a natural tooth root would, anchored in the bone, it stabilizes the restoration over the top. Dental implants can be restored using dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, depending on the specific needs of the patient.
Many patients considering this option are worried about cost. While dental implants may cost more initially, many find that this restoration is the cheapest, considering the many decades it may be in place. Patients can use dental implants for the rest of their life without having to replace them, while alternatives such as dentures and bridges may need to be replaced many times over the course of one’s lifespan. The overall investment is a better value.
Are you ready to learn more about dental implants and other tooth replacement options available at Eastland Dental Center? Call today at (309) 663-4711 to make an appointment with our professional team.
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.