A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple teeth. Dr. Thomas Prendergast offers complete placement of a dental implant in his Fox Lake, IL area dentist office. Even one missing tooth can compromise your smile and your oral health. If a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth begin to shift. Bone is lost in the jaw and these changes can affect your bite, which can lead to TMJ disorders. There is also an increased risk of halitosis and developing of gum disease.
The graphic below demonstrates what can happen to the space left behind from a missing tooth. You are susceptible to many dental issues if the structure of your teeth is compromised.
A dental implant is a surgically implanted titanium post that replaces the missing root structure. A dental implant restored with a dental crown is the most natural looking and permanent solution for tooth loss. The dental implant process is now a routine procedure that offers the highest long-term success rates among comparable procedures.
If you are missing a single tooth that is a prominent part of your smile, consider filling in the gap with an implant.
Single Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Prendergast will need to perform a comprehensive evaluation and examination of your oral health to be sure that a single dental implant is right for you. We will also take your overall health into consideration when recommending treatments.
After the initial consultation, we will put together a personalized treatment plan that is customized to your needs and goals. This plan may include procedures that need to be done before your implant can be placed. We will never recommend unnecessary procedures, and will always work within your budget.
Working from your treatment plan, our in-house periodontist will surgically place a tiny titanium post into your jaw bone in our Fox Lake, IL dentist office. A temporary crown will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
Over a 3-6 month period, the titanium post will fuse with the natural bone for a permanent bond helping it to support the structure of your jaw. It will provide a secure base for the attachment of a dental crown. Dr. Prendergast will then secure a dental crown to the healed implant. The crown will be custom designed to aesthetically fit your smile.
Learn More About Dental Implants
Infinity Dental is a full-service provider of dental implants. Learn what other dental issues we can address with this long-term solution.