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How dental implants from your dentist in Lake View, Chicago, can give you a smile you will love

If you are missing a tooth or two, you might be embarrassed to laugh or show your teeth in public. Luckily, you can rebuild your smile with dental implantthe help of dental implants! Here at Lake View Dental Associates, Dr. Scott A. Emalfarb offers dental implants to give patients a beautiful smile that they will love!


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There are many reasons you can lose teeth—tooth decay, trauma, or periodontal disease are just a few of the reasons why your smile might be damaged. However, the good news is that whether you’ve lost a single tooth or have multiple missing teeth, dental implants can help restore your smile to full strength! If you’ve worn a denture for a long time, you can also help maintain bone by choosing an implant-supported denture.

If you are missing teeth, you may be thinking about going on without them—this is a giant mistake. Not only is your appearance and chewing ability dramatically impacted by absent teeth, but your jawbone will also begin to deteriorate, an effect that will carry with it a number of overall health concerns.

While you could choose old-school methods like dental bridges or dental appliances, they often prove to be quite clumsy and fail to stimulate the jawbone. When you restore your smile with dental implants, however, you will enjoy:

  • Natural beauty, because dental implants look and function just like natural teeth
  • Stability, because dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they will never move around
  • Great oral health, because you brush and floss dental implants right along with your natural teeth

Dental implants are an excellent choice for just about everyone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent!


Interested? Give us a call!

If you are missing your smile, you need to discover dental implants! To find out more about revolutionary dental implants, call Dr. Scott A. Emalfarb at Lake View Dental Associates in Lake View, Chicago. Dial (773) 472-6322 today and get ready for your new smile!


Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”


People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”