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Complete Family Dentistry | Dental Implants in Schaumburg

Complete Family Dentistry
1305 Wiley Rd, Ste 103
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 843-1505

Dental Implants
 

What Do Implants Have To Offer?

Like many Americans who have lost teeth, you probably know that it’s difficult to duplicate the performance and looks of your own healthy teeth.  Today, dental implants are coming a step closer to providing artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure.

Whether you have full or partial dentures or have recently lost a tooth, implants may be an option for yo. Implants attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw.  There are three components of an implant: the anchor, which may be surgically embedded into the bone, a spot to which the tooth attaches and the artificial tooth.  Implants can replace one or more teeth, provide support for a partial denture, or be used to attach a full denture.

Implants are not an option for everyone.  Because implants require extensive surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

a_Implants1.gifSeveral steps are usually inolved in placing implants.  Depending upon the type of implant, the steps may very, In the adjacent illustrations, a single tooth is replaced by a type of implant that attaches directly into the jawbone.  This is called an endosteal implant.

First, an anchor is placed into the jawbone.  Bone then grows around the anchor holding it firmly in place.  Next, a post is attached to the anchor.  The post connects the anchor to the artificial tooth.  Finally, the tooth is attached.

How do I know If Implants Are Right For Me?    

If you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine if your would be a good candidate.  This evaluation includes a clinical examination and a complete dental and medical history to gather information about nay dental and medical conditions that you have, such as diabetes, heart problems or any condition that interferes with normal healing. Be sure to tell the dentist about any allergies you have or any prescription or over-the-counter medications that you take.  If necessary, the dentist may request a consulatation with a physician.

During the dental examination, the dentist will check the condition of your mouth, the supporting bone in your jaws and the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.  The dentist my gather additional information by taking X-rays and by making models (casts) of your teeth.  This information will help your dentist determine if you are a good candidate for an implant and decide which implant to use and exactly where to place it.  

What Is Involved in Placing Implants?

Implants costs significantly more than dentures or bridges and require a considerable investment of time.  The implant process involves several steps and may take up to nine months to complete.

First, surgery is performed to place the anchor.  Surgery can take up to several hours, and up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold it in place.  Some implants required a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the anchor to the replacement teeth.  With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are place at the same time.

After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the next step is begun. The restorative teeth re made and fitted to the post portion of the acnchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one or two months to complete.

Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office or in a hospital, depending upon the type of implant , the patient’s health and the dentist’s preference.  A local or general anesthetic may be used. Usually pain medication and when necessary, antibiotics are prescribed.  Your dentist will give you careful instructions on diet and oral hygiene.

 
 
 
Schaumburg Dentist | Dental Implants. Jeffrey Swager is a Schaumburg Dentist.