A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth. 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 affect the bite which can lead to TMJ disorders. There is also an increased risk of halitosis and developing of gum disease.
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 success rate and long-term oral health benefits.
Single Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Prendergast will need to perform a comprehensive evaluation and examination of your oral health as well as your overall health to be sure a single dental implant is right for you.
Then a personalized treatment plan is created that is customized to your needs and goals.
Working from your treatment plan, our in-house periodontist will place a tiny titanium post into the 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 the jaw and to 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.