If you are missing teeth, dental implants are the number one solution to replace them. Dr. Thomas Prendergast offers full services for all types of dental implants in his Fox Lake, IL dentist office. To determine if dental implants are right for you, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prendergast. Here, he will examine your teeth, gums, jaw bone and overall health.
After this, a thorough treatment plan will be drafted and presented to you. The type of dental implant you will require depends on the number of teeth missing and the location of the missing teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental Crown secured by a Dental Implant
Even a single missing tooth is detrimental to your oral and overall health. A missing tooth can cause problems with eating, speech and oral health issues like gum disease that can worsen over time. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth. First, our periodontist will surgically place the implant post in the root canal.
Once the implant has fused with the jaw bone in about 3-6 months, the abutment will be attached, and a dental crown will be used to complete the restoration at our Fox Lake, IL dentist office. Dr. Prendergast uses porcelain dental crowns because they are highly durable, stain resistant, and very natural looking.
Dental Bridge secured by Dental Implants
A dental bridge is often used to replace several consecutively missing teeth. A dental bridge is traditionally secured using prepared adjacent teeth, essentially damaging healthy teeth. With the use of dental implants, a dental bridge can be permanently secured in place which helps to preserve the healthy adjacent teeth.
Implants provide a more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance. A dental bridge may be secured using one or more dental implants. First, an implant posts will be surgically implanted in to the jaw bone. Once healed in 3-6 months, the dental bridge is secured to the dental implant.
Dentures secured by Dental Implants
Implant secured dentures offer a more comfortable and lasting result when all of the top or bottom teeth are lost. Many patients struggle with dentures that slip sometimes leading to embarrassing situations. Dentures that are secured using dental implants will eliminate that slipping. Our periodontist will strategically place as few as four dental implants which will maintain healthy jaw bone structure.
These dental implants will be used to secure a hybrid denture. Dental implant secured dentures allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction and can help patients feel more confident in their smile. Dentures secured by dental implants also eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks or rinses.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- Dental Implants Overview
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Dental Implant FAQ
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
- Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
Schedule a Dental Exam & 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.