Dental Implants – What To Expect
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 are forced 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.
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
What are the benefits of dental implants?
With a success rate of up to 98%, there are many benefits 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 don’t require remaining teeth to be compromised, your own teeth 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 customized for the patient and their unique set of circumstances. 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 are fused 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.
The first step in the dental implant process is the planning phase. This includes a one-on-one consolation with Dr. Thomas Prendergast to determine if dental implants are a good fit 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; a very detailed treatment plan must be laid out in advance.
Surgical Placement of the Implant
Our brand new facility is 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. 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, your dental crown, denture, or dental bridge will be fabricated at a dental laboratory 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
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Dental Implant FAQ
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Types of Dental Implants
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
- Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
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.