Dental Implant FAQ Fox Lake IL

Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Dental implants are for people who are missing one tooth or who are missing several or all their teeth. Dental implants are for patients who are healthy over-all and have healthy bone structure whether they are young or old. Dr. Thomas Prendergast will perform a comprehensive exam to make sure you qualify for dental implants.

Why should I choose dental implants over other dental restoration options?

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option to preserve the jaw bone, preserve the health of the surrounding teeth and give you back full chewing function. Even though dental implants cost more up front, other dental restorations will eventually need repaired, replaced or adjusted. That cost will add up over the years. Dental implants are permanent and require the same care as your normal teeth.

How much does dental insurance cover for dental implants?

Everyone’s dental insurance is different and coverage will vary depending on your plan. Dental insurance is designed to cover routine care, emergencies and basic dental care. Typically, dental insurance will not cover dental implant placement. Some may cover the dental restoration (the dental crown, dental bridge or denture), or the tooth extraction if it is required. Infinity Dental in Fox Lake, IL accepts most major dental insurance carriers. Our staff will help you maximize your dental insurance benefits and will electronically file claims but we cannot make any guarantees as to the coverage your dental insurance will provide.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants require the same maintenance as natural teeth. This means you should floss once a day, brush your teeth twice a day and visit Dr. Prendergast in Fox Lake, IL regularly. If you follow a basic dental health routine recommended by the American Dental Association, your dental implants should last a lifetime.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

After a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Prendergast will help to determine what your best treatment option will be. Dr. Prendergast offers dental implants in his Fox Lake, IL dentist office for one or several missing teeth. After the dental implant surgery, the titanium post typically requires 3 to 6 months to fully integrate with the jaw bone before we can secure the permanent restoration. Dr. Prendergast may be able to provide a temporary crown while the implant heals.

Will I need to see a specialist?

Infinity Dental has a brand new facility equipped to house a periodontist who is trained in implantology. Our highly trained periodontist is able to perform tooth extractions and place dental implants, sometimes in one visit, right in our Fox Lake dentist office.

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