If you’re not satisfied how bridges or dentures feel and function in your mouth, you can talk to us about getting dental implants as an alternative. During a complimentary consultation, we can check your mouth and decide whether you’re a good candidate for dental implant surgery. If you are, you’ll be able to experience the full benefits of new teeth supported by dental implants in Channahon, IL.
Dental implants are made out of biocompatible material that slowly fuses with the jawbone after being surgically placed in your mouth. A small metal connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implant after the rest of the mouth has healed in order to hold a bridge, crown, or denture in place.
The advantages of dental implants include:
We offer complimentary implant consultations for anyone who might need to replace their teeth in the near future. Ideal implant candidates have good oral hygiene habits, do not have oral health issues or problems with their immune system, and have enough jawbone density to support the implants. If there are any problems, we can address them before starting the process.
To replace one tooth, we can take a dental implant, surgically place it in the gap, and then attach a beautiful dental crown.
Using a pair of implants to support a dental bridge lets us replace many teeth at once without having to make any alterations to the enamel you still have.
It takes around four to eight dental implants to secure a full denture in place so that it doesn’t slip. Since the jawbone is preserved, implant dentures typically don’t lose their fit like traditional dentures.
Are you expecting to have to visit a separate dental office at some point during the implant process? That’s not a problem at Grand Dental in Channahon, where our periodontist can place the implants before your regular dentist designs, crafts, and places the restoration that you’ll use for biting and chewing.
What additional steps are required during the implant process? How many implants are needed? Will you get normal implants or mini-implants? What does the treatment timeline look like? We can answer these questions while forming your treatment plan so that you can start making the necessary financial arrangements as soon as possible.
The process of getting dental implants can last several months, which is why it is important for patients to feel like they are fully prepared before they commit to the treatment. The following FAQs cover some of the inquiries that our team has heard particularly often from patients who were still trying to decide whether dental implants were right for them. We are always ready to answer any questions you might have about the implant process.
Many people find that having dental implants placed is not nearly as uncomfortable as they expected. For one thing, there are not many nerve endings in the jawbone to begin with, and the mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic beforehand in any case. Furthermore, in many cases patients are sedated before dental implant placement, which further reduces the body’s ability to register pain.
Once surgery is complete and the numbness in the mouth has worn off, most patients experience some level of discomfort for a few days, but they can typically manage it with a prescribed or over the counter pain medication. It is recommended to call the dentist if discomfort worsens instead of improving after two or three days.
The success rate of dental implants is 95%; as such, the procedure is considered extremely safe. Before an implant dentist starts planning the surgery, they will evaluate the mouth and jawbone for signs of potential complications, such as low bone density and gum disease. Addressing these issues ahead of time can make dental implant surgery safer. An implant dentist also needs to confirm the presence of diabetes, cancer, or other medical conditions that might complicate implant surgery or the healing process so that they can be addressed properly.
Dental implant failure is very rare; most patients can safely expect their implant posts to last for decades as long as they continue to give them proper care. However, failure is still a possibility, and it generally occurs due to peri-implantitis or failed osseointegration. Peri-implantitis is a type of gum disease that forms around implant posts as a result of poor oral hygiene. Failed osseointegration means that the post does not form a bond with the jawbone, which can happen if there was not enough bone density to begin with. There are other factors for dental implant failure as well, such as teeth grinding and tobacco use.
Dental implants are not recommended unless the patient’s jaw is fully developed because the post could potentially interfere with bone development. Implants are thus usually not placed in patients younger than 18. Young adults should have their jaws evaluated to make sure that dental implants are a viable option. There is no upper age limit for implant surgery, but older patients are more likely to have health conditions that can interfere with the success of the treatment.
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