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 search for a permanent, secure, and naturally functioning result. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or secure a denture for the upper and lower arch of teeth.
Dr. Brent Engelberg offers dental implants to his patients with tooth loss. Comparing dental implants to traditional tooth replacement treatments offers many more benefits for oral health and quality of life. 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 that fuses 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 most durable replacement option available. They can restore your natural chewing ability and speech and 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 visible crown that bites and chews food. They also have a root-like metal post that is anchored into the jaw and holds the crown in place. The only difference between a dental implant and a natural tooth is that all the parts that make up an implant restoration are artificial. A typical implant is three different 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 piece 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 we place a healing abutment, or healing cap, right after the implant surgery to help the gums heal around the dental implant. In this situation, we attach the permanent abutment right before the restoration.
Restoration: The final part of the dental implant is the dental restoration. This part will resemble a natural tooth and help you bite and chew your food. Dr. Engelberg will attach your restoration at his Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. Depending on the type of dental implants used, he will use a dental crown, dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- 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 for neighboring teeth
- Improves speech
- Improves comfort in denture-wearing patients
Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement options. We recommend them to any eligible patient looking for a quality tooth replacement solution. They’re the only restoration that replaces the tooth root and crown, meaning they’re the only option that assists in jawbone regeneration. You don’t impact any of your other teeth, either. The implants and their restoration will stand on their own.
While dental implants have a higher upfront cost, you don’t incur further costs down the line. You won’t need adjustments or replacements for your restoration because it will continue to fit properly. Dentures and dental bridges must be replaced because the jawbone keeps deteriorating and changing the fit. Since you don’t have that problem with dental implants, you won’t have these extra future expenses.
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 dental health evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You should have good overall health and 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. Dental implant placement is a simple procedure an oral surgeon performs in their 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 restore aesthetics and function to your smile permanently. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush your teeth, 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
Schedule a dental exam and dental implant consultation with Dr. Engelberg at AH Smiles if you are missing a tooth or replacing several missing teeth. 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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