Dental Implants Specialist

Zenobia L Sowell, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

So-Well Dental Associates

Zenobia L Sowell, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Gold Coast, Chicago, IL

Missing teeth do more than impact the appearance of your smile, they can severely affect your overall oral health. So-Well Dental Associates in Gold Coast of Chicago, serving Magnificent Mile, Near North, Lincoln Park, and Streeterville protects their patients from the dangers of missing teeth with high-quality dental implants that restore their smile with the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement technology available today. Fill in the holes in your smile today by scheduling an appointment. You can book your visit by phone or online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jaw and serve as artificial tooth roots. 

Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, so your jawbone fuses with the implant as you heal from the surgery, creating a sturdy foundation for a crown, bridge, or dentures. 


Why do I need to replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth do more than just leave holes in your smile. They can actually lead to a number of serious dental conditions.

Missing teeth can cause the rest of your natural teeth to slowly shift out of place as they move to fill in the empty space. This can throw off your bite, leading to TMJ disorder, and cause premature wear and tear in the rest of your natural teeth.

Missing teeth also deprive your jawbone of necessary stimulation, leaving the bone tissue to deteriorate. This bone loss makes your jaw fragile and can also cause your facial muscles to sag, giving you a “sunken-in” appearance.


Am I a candidate for dental implants?

In order to get dental implants, you need to have enough healthy bone material in your jaw to support the implant. Your dentist can assess your jaw’s suitability for implants by taking an X-ray or CT scan. 

If there isn’t enough healthy tissue in your jawbone, your dentist can perform a bone graft, sinus lift, or ridge augmentation to create a solid foundation for your implants.


What are All-on-Four® dental implants?

All-on-Four dental implants are a revolutionary solution for denture patients that enable your dentist to secure an entire arch of teeth with just four strategically placed implants.

All-on-Four implants preserve jaw placement, ensuring that you retain your proper bite, and provide your jawbone with stimulation to prevent bone loss and preserve the appearance of your face.


What’s the process for getting dental implants?

Your dentist installs your implants in just a few office visits. During your first visit, your dentist makes a small incision in your gum, drills a tiny hole in your jawbone, and places your implant. They stitch up the incision and send you home to heal as the implant fuses to your jawbone over the next few weeks.

Once your implant has fused, you come back for another appointment where your dentist places an abutment that connects to the implant and sticks up out from your gums. After your abutment heals, your dentist seals your crown, bridge, or dentures, giving you a renewed smile that’s as beautiful as it is healthy.

Get started with your dental implants by scheduling an appointment with So-Well Dental Associates today.

You can book your visit by phone or online.