Unlike baby teeth, there’s no natural replacement for permanent teeth once they go missing. They’re lost forever. That’s why it’s crucial to protect your teeth with good oral hygiene. If teeth do go missing, however, one of the best ways to restore your smile is with dental implants. Whether you’ve lost one tooth, several, or an entire row of teeth, your dental team from West Suburban Oral Health Care in Naperville, Illinois, can restore your smile with dental implant treatment.
Even one lost tooth can affect your oral health. Imagine the impact of losing multiple teeth or an entire arch due to tooth decay or gum disease. Missing teeth can alter your bite, impairing your ability to chew. A bad bite can also cause uneven wear and tear on your teeth. Tooth loss can impact your speech, causing you to speak with a slur or lisp. Lost teeth can cause misalignment issues, as remaining teeth may start shifting to fill the gap left by missing teeth. Through implant treatment, your team at West Suburban Oral Health Care can help you avoid these problems to protect your oral health.
Implants are like no other tooth replacement option as they restore both your tooth and tooth root. They’re surgically embedded into your jaw and integrated into your system, becoming permanent structures that support your new prosthetic teeth. Implants function like tooth roots in stimulating jawbone growth to support your jaw and face so that it retains a normal appearance.
Unlike removable dentures that can slip or shift when you laugh, talk, or eat, implants stay firmly in place to keep your teeth secure and stable. Single implants are topped with dental crowns, which act as your replacement teeth. Ceramic crowns closely resemble natural teeth, giving you a natural-looking and appealing smile. Implants look, function, and feel like natural teeth; few people can tell the difference. Durability, versatility, and longevity are additional qualities that make implants an excellent choice for restoring missing teeth.
Depending on your needs, dental implants can be used to restore one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of missing teeth.
Dr. Susan Mazzei is a skilled dentist specializing in prosthodontics. A
graduate of Northwestern
University Dental School, she completed a Certification in Prosthodontics before joining
faculty of Northwestern University Dental School as a Clinical Assistant Professor, where she
served for 12 years and became Assistant Professor Emeritus. Dr. Mazzei believes that excellent
oral health begins with education and prevention and is committed to continuing her education.
She is a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach, a Charter Fellow in the American Academy of
Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and has completed the Bale and Doneen Method Preceptorship
Dr. Kelsey Esposito worked in healthcare advertising and communications before realizing that her passions were dentistry and patient care. She holds a BA in Economics and Fine Art from Kalamazoo College, a Premedicine Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Dental Medicine from The University of Illinois in Chicago. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Chicago Dental Society (CDS), Illinois Dental Society (IDS), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and AAOSH.
Dr. Marco Fajardo is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School, where he also served as a part-time Assistant Clinical Instructor. He was a member of the University Dental Associates of the University of Chicago too. In 1994, he formed the basis of West Suburban Oral Healthcare with Dr. Mazzei. He is now its Team Leader.
Dr. Ashley Nguyen studied at the University of Buffalo and Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL (dental school). She is a member of the ADA, CDS, IDS, and other local organizations. She continues her education by attending dental conferences and seminars.