What to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most effective treatments for patients missing one or all of their permanent natural teeth. Implants can create natural-looking, long-lasting restorations. Patients who have removable dentures or traditional bridges may find the need to replace their restorations due to discomfort or difficulty eating. When secured with dental implants, restorations like bridges and dentures can last longer and improve tooth function. We welcome patients to learn more about the benefits, treatment process, and details regarding dental implants and restorative treatment in our Arlington Heights, IL, dental office.

What is a Dental Implant?

A single dental implant is a titanium screw, an abutment, and a dental restoration. The implant screw or post fuses with the jaw bone tissue for stability, while the abutment connects the post to the restoration. Dental implant posts can secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture. We create these false teeth out of porcelain materials that look and feel like natural teeth.

How Can I Benefit from Implant Treatment?

We can provide dental implants for patients, whether they want to replace a current restoration or are new to dental implants. There are many benefits to implants for patients with missing permanent teeth. Implants secure restorations that we color-match and customize to recreate the appearance of natural teeth.

The implant screws themselves are strong and durable because they are made of titanium or titanium amalgam materials. Once the implants fuse to the jaw bone, they completely replace the tooth root and offer a foundation for dental restorations. With implant-secured restorations, patients find it much easier to eat foods that they previously had trouble with, including crunchy or chewy foods. Implants also ensure restorations stay stable so they will not slip around the mouth.

Dental Implant Treatment in Arlington Heights, IL

There are several stages to consider during implant treatment. We will review what happens before, during, and after implant treatment to give you an idea of what you can expect when you receive an implant-supported restoration:

  • Pre-Op: Before implant treatment, we make sure that patients are in good oral health. He can provide periodontal treatments, extractions, and other types of treatments to help remove infections and ensure that patients are as healthy as possible. We may also recommend bone grafting treatment if patients do not have enough healthy bone tissue to support their dental implants.
  • Surgery: During implant surgery, an oral surgeon will access the jaw bone beneath the gum tissue to place the implant screws. They will use anesthesia for a painless, comfortable procedure. The surgeon will also place a temporary restoration or a healing cap for single implants.
  • Post-Op: It will take 3 to 6 months for the implant screws to fuse with the jaw bone. We will take final impressions of teeth to create and attach the crown, bridge, or denture once the implants are healed.

Do you have missing teeth and want t restore the function and aesthetics of your smile? Ask us about dental implant treatment today. Call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703 or request a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg online.