John D. Luker, DDS
997 Clocktower Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 546-8330



By Luker Dental Care
April 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you unhappy with the way your smile changed after you lost a tooth? Whether you lost the tooth due to decay, gum disease or an dental implantsinjury, the effect on your smile is the same. Fortunately, dental implants can make your smile whole again. Dr. John Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, explains a few reasons that you'll want to consider dental implants when you're evaluating your tooth replacement options.

Dental implants offer superior comfort

Dentures can slip and slide in your mouth if they don't fit well. When this happens, you may experience irritation that makes it difficult to eat comfortably. Because dental implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone, they don't move when you bite and chew.

Implants prevent bone loss

Since so many parts of your body are dependent on each other, it's no surprise that your jawbone benefits from the pressure exerted by your tooth roots. Without that constant pressure, the bone begins to recede and weaken. Eventually, the bone may be unable to support your remaining teeth, and they might begin to loosen. A strong jawbone also plays an important role in your appearance. When the bone begins to recede, your facial muscles may sag and your chin might protrude, making you look significantly older.

Dental implants are a good choice for most people

Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth. They're an excellent choice if you've lost a single tooth. If several teeth are missing, two or more implants can anchor a bridge or implant-supported denture. Dr. Luker will evaluate the condition of your jaw and mouth when you visit his Springfield office. Generally, people who are free of gum disease or other oral health conditions are good candidates. Smoking and diseases that slow healing may prevent you from getting implants.

The depth of your jawbone is one of the most important factors in the success of dental implants. The implant, a screw-like post bonds to your jawbone and supports an artificial tooth called a crown. When the jawbone is too shallow, it will be unable to adequately support the implant. Luckily, deepening your jawbone is often possible with bone grafts.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, at (217) 546-8330 to schedule your appointment.