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.
Dental Implants Process
Treatment Planning – 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.