Dental Implants in Arlington Heights, IL at AH Smiles
Dr. Brent Engelberg provides dental implants in Arlington Heights, and other advanced treatment options to replace missing teeth. Look no further if you are searching for a permanent, secure and naturally functioning result. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, an old dental bridge, or to secure a denture for the upper and lower arch of teeth.
Dr. Brent Engelberg offers dental implants to his patients who suffer from tooth loss. When you compare dental implants to traditional tooth replacement treatments, they offer many more oral health and quality of life benefits. They have increasingly become the number one recommended treatment for missing teeth. Dr. Engelberg coordinates treatment with top, local oral surgeons for the surgical phases of the implant process. He will restore the implants at his dentist office.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post designed to fuse to the jaw bone. It replaces the root of a missing tooth. The dental implant is used to support a dental crown (for a single missing tooth), bridge (for several missing teeth) or a denture (to replace all missing teeth).
Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Because they are surgically implanted into the jaw bone, they are the strongest, most stable and durable replacement option available. Not only can they restore your natural chewing ability and speech, they also provide stimulation to the jaw bone to prevent bone loss.
Every one of your natural teeth consists of a root and a crown. Dental implant-supported teeth replacement options resemble natural teeth in this respect. Dental implants have a crown that is visible and used to bite and chew food. They also have a root-like metal post that is anchored into the jaw that holds the crown in place. The only difference between a dental implant and natural tooth is that all the parts that make up an implant restoration are artificial. A typical implant is made up of three parts.
The 3 Parts of a Dental Implant Restoration
Implant Post: An implant post is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It is made from titanium, a light yet durable metal that is well accepted by the human body. It resembles a screw with threads to anchor it in place and allow the bone to grow around it. The bone cells in the jaw will attach to the post, creating a strong bond during a process called osseointegration.
Abutment: The next part is a small connector piece called an abutment or container. This is the piece that will connect the implant post to the dental restoration. These pieces can either be standard or customized based on your unique needs. A minor second surgery is necessary to uncover the implant and attach the abutment. Sometimes a healing abutment, or healing cap, is placed right after the implant surgery to help the gums heal around the dental implant. In this situation, the permanent abutment is attached right before the restoration is attached.
Restoration: The final part of the dental implant is the dental restoration. This is the part that will resemble a natural tooth and will help you bite and chew your food. Dr. Engelberg will attach your restoration at his Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. He will use a dental crown, dental bridge, partial denture or full denture depending on they type of dental implants used.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- 98% success rate (highest rate compared to other dental procedures)
- Prevents bone loss and gum recession
- Promotes a healthier diet with fresh foods
- Unlike bridgework requires no preparation to neighboring teeth
- Improves speech
- Improves comfort in denture wearing patients
What is the dental implant procedure?
One to three visits are typically necessary to complete the dental implant procedure. During the first visit, Dr. Engelberg will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your dental health to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You should be in overall good health and have enough healthy jaw bone to support the implanted post.
Your dentist will coordinate the surgical phase of the dental implant procedure with a local oral surgeon and follow up with your care to ensure a good result. The placement of the dental implant is a simple procedure performed in the oral surgeon’s office under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone.
After the healing process is complete, Dr. Engelberg will attach a custom dental crown, dental bridge, or denture to permanently restore aesthetics and function to your smile. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You will be able to brush your teeth and floss normally, and eat or drink without limitations.
With routine dental care and good oral hygiene, you can expect your dental implant to provide a secure and comfortable smile that lasts a lifetime.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you are missing a tooth or replacing several missing teeth, schedule a dental exam and dental implant consultation with Dr. Engelberg at AH Smiles. Our friendly dental care team provides dental implants in Long Grove, IL, Deerfield, IL, Northbrook, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL and Arlington Heights, IL areas.
Contact our dentist office at (847) 230-9703 or request a dental exam online today. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.
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