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Dental Implants Fox Lake, IL

Many people suffer from missing teeth even with all the latest improvements in dentistry. Gum disease and tooth decay as well as trauma are some of the reasons people either lose teeth or need teeth extracted. When faced with this, patients have to make a decision on what to do next.

They can either do nothing, replace the missing teeth with a denture or bridge, or replace them with teeth implants. Infinity Dental offers and recommends dental implants to patients with missing or severely damaged teeth.

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Dental implants are changing people’s lives as a more natural alternative to dentures and dental bridges. An implant is a bio-compatible titanium post, acting as an anchor for a replacement tooth or dental crown. The implant procedure is minimally invasive with easy recovery and the most natural and permanent solution to tooth loss. Dr. Prendergast places all types of dental implants in our Fox Lake dental practice for the replacement of one or more missing teeth.

Dental Implants can used to replace:

  • A single tooth that is missing or broken due to trauma or a tooth that has significant decay and can’t be corrected with a dental crown or other restoration
  • Multiple teeth where a dental bridge may normally be used
  • A full arch of teeth by securing a denture

The Advantages of Dental Implants

With a success rate of up to 98%, there are many advantages to dental implants:

  • Appearance. Dental implants are the most natural looking and feeling replacement teeth.
  • Improved Speech and Easier Eating. Implants are permanent and do not slip when speaking or eating.
  • Durability.Dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Improved oral health. Because implants do not harm the remaining, healthy teeth; they are left intact.
  • Comfortable. Unlike removable dentures, implants are permanent and fit perfectly.

The most important part in your dental implant procedure is proper planning. No two patients are alike and a treatment plan must be unique for the patient and their needs. This takes time and a lot of prep work. Dr. Prendergast will do a comprehensive dental exam and will work on your custom treatment plan next.

In most cases, our dentists are able to perform extractions and place dental implants, sometimes in one visit, right in our Fox Lake dental office. Dental implants are successful in part because they will fuse to living bone.

During the procedure, the periodontist will place a tiny titanium post into the jaw bone which serves as an artificial root. It will take about three to six months for the implant to heal and integrate into the bone. Next, the dental crown, dental bridge, or denture will be placed on the implant(s) to restore natural function and beauty to the tooth.

Dental Implants Process

The dental implants process takes place in three phases; consultation and creation of treatment plan, surgical implantation of the implant and attachment of the replacement tooth. Our dentist office is equipped to house a periodontist who is trained in implantology. This means all steps in the process take place at our Fox Lake, IL dentist office. The dental implant process, from evaluation to securing the dental restoration, usually takes five to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives.

Treatment Planning

The first step in the dental implant process is the planning phase. This includes a one on one consult with the dentist to determine if dental implants will work for you. The he will create a very specific treatment plan tailored to you and your needs. Since no two patients have the same mouth or dental concerns, the dentist will need to create a very detailed treatment plan in advance.

Surgical Placement of the Implant

Our brand new facility is equipped to house a periodontist who is trained in implantology. The highly trained periodontist is able to perform tooth extractions and place dental implants, sometimes in one visit, right in our Fox Lake dentist office. Our periodontist will strategically place your dental implants on the healthiest, strongest bone tissue to ensure you get the best results.

The healing process can take anywhere from 3 – 5 months. You may receive a temporary dental restoration while you heal.

Attachment of Dental Restoration

While the dental implant is healing, the dental lab will be making your dental crown, denture, or dental bridge according to personalized treatment plan. Once the implant has integrated to the bone; Dr. Prendergast will attach the abutment to the implant post at his Fox Lake dentist office. Then a dental crown, denture, or dental bridge will be secured to the abutment to restore natural function and beauty to the tooth.

Learn More About Dental Implants

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my dentist put me to sleep for a dental implant procedure?

In most cases, an oral surgeon will not put you to sleep for a dental implant procedure. Dentists and oral surgeons will usually use local anesthesia to numb the area. As a result, you’ll be awake but won’t feel pain. Oral surgeons also use sedation options like oral sedatives or IV sedation for patients who feel anxious. These options can help you relax. 

However, general anesthesia, where you’re completely asleep, is less common and usually only for complex cases. 

How long do dental implant posts last?

The lifespan of dental implant posts can be anywhere from 10 to 30 years. In many cases, they can last a lifetime. Their longevity will depend on your oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. On the other hand, your dentist or oral surgeon may need to replace the crown portion of the implant every 10-15 years. This is mainly due to wear and tear. 

Can you get dental implants after having dentures for years?

You can get dental implants even after wearing dentures for years. Many patients transition from dentures to dental implants. Dental implants can offer a more stable and comfortable solution. Moreover, dentists can even use implants to support dentures. If you have bone loss after wearing dentures, your oral surgeon can treat you with a bone graft procedure to prepare your jaw for implants. 

Do dental implants stain?

Dental implants themselves do not stain. They are made from titanium and porcelain, which do not absorb pigments. However, stains can develop over time on the prosthetic teeth that attach to the implants. This includes implant crowns, bridges, and dentures. These surfaces can stain over time, just like natural teeth. 

Can a dentist or oral surgeon complete a dental implant one day?

Yes. An oral surgeon or dentist can complete dental implant treatment in one day. Dentists and oral surgeons often refer to this procedure as “same-day dental implants.” This procedure involves placing the implant post, abutment, and a temporary crown in one visit.

However, it’s important to note that not all patients qualify for same-day dental implants. The health of your gums and jawbone can affect your eligibility for this procedure. Your dentist will access you. Remember, even though the procedure is fast, healing and integration with the jawbone still take time.

Can I have a dental implant immediately after extraction?

Yes, you can have a dental implant procedure immediately after tooth extraction. However, it’s not always possible. The decision depends on the condition of your jawbone and the extraction site. If you have lost your tooth due to gum infection, the tissue must heal before any tooth implant placement. This usually takes 2-3 months.

Moreover, if your tooth had severe decay for a while, you may already have bone loss in your jaw. As a result, you may need a bone graft following a tooth extraction. This typically involves a waiting period of around six months. Your dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate whether or not you are a candidate for immediate implant placement.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

If you currently suffer from missing or broken teeth, dental implants are a great way to restore your smile. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Infinity Dental of Fox Lake today.