Dental Implants

Dental Implants Image What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth (View Example). They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the dental office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants (View Examples). You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.

Are dental implants expensive?

At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.

How do you care for dental implants?

They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.

Can my body reject a dental implant?

Strictly speaking, implants can't be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.

What are All-on-4 dental implants?

When it comes to your teeth, you don’t want to wait a second to replace missing teeth.  With advancements in dentistry, you can now replace your missing teeth in as little as one dental visit with All-on-4 dental implants.
Teeth in a day with All-On-4 dental implants is an ideal procedure for patients who want to get rid of their dentures.  It is also an appropriate procedure for those with failing teeth in need of a full upper and/or lower restoration.  For this procedure, only four dental implants are required per jaw to fully support a customized set of replacement teeth.
This entire procedure does exactly what its name says—completed in one day. With All-on-4 dental implants, patients will be comfortably relaxed and asleep with sedation dentistry.  The best part is that this procedure is painless and you will receive a full set of replacement teeth in as little as 24 hours.

So, why should you choose All-on-4?

The reasons for choosing teeth in a day are abundant.  Modern implant-based dentistry has provided a solution to help the “toothless” patient that is not satisfied with dentures. With teeth in a day, patients will experience immediate functionality with an increased quality of life.
Additionally, teeth in a day allows patients to almost always bypass the need for bone grafting, which is a surgery frequently required for patients with substantial loss of bone in the jaw. With the All-on-4 dental implant procedure, day-to-day frustrations and discomforts of dentures are eliminated so that you can enjoy your favorite foods once again with the confidence to smile.

Am I a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants?

There's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.
Interested in dental implants? Call our Bolingbrook, IL office at (630) 226 1000 to learn more!