Dental Implants in Mount Prospect, IL
A missing tooth or teeth affects many facets of your life, from how well you can eat to how you present yourself to others. Dentures or bridges were the only solutions in the past, but they can be uncomfortable and require extra care. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat missing teeth, providing an option that’s permanent, attractive, and easy to care for.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing or removed tooth. The implants themselves are small screws or posts implanted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth’s root. An abutment is a small, metal connector that attaches to the implant and joins it to a replacement tooth or crown. The result is a tooth that looks and performs like a natural tooth. Most implants are titanium, a biocompatible metal that fuses securely with the jawbone.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Most individuals prefer dental implants to dentures or other replacement methods because they are the closest you can get to a natural tooth. Implants give them the freedom to eat, drink, and smile without worry. Some of the advantages of dental implants include:
- A success rate of over 95%
- Stabilization of the jawbone
- No harm to adjacent, healthy teeth
- Implants last a lifetime
- Preserving the contours of your face
- No need to limit what you eat or drink
- Easy care
- Natural look and feel
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are a two-step process. The first step is the placement of the implant in the jawbone. It generally takes about a half-hour for a single implant or up to three hours for multiple tooth implants. Dr. Yajima makes every effort to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure, using intravenous sedation and a local anesthetic to numb the jawline.
Once the implants are placed in the jaw, you need several weeks for the healing process. The titanium implant will fuse with the jawbone during this time, encouraging new bone growth and creating a stable base for your replacement tooth. During a second visit, the abutment is placed on the implant; then, the crown is attached. Once the crown is set correctly, it is glued in place for additional support. If the tooth has been missing for a long time or there is damage to the jawbone, a bone graft may be needed to stabilize the jaw and provide enough healthy bone to hold the implant securely.
Why Choose Smile Solutions Dental Center for Your Dental Implants?
While oral surgeons place dental implants, most surgeons don’t design or fit crowns. This is usually done by a general dentist, requiring multiple appointments and coordination between the dentist and the oral surgeon. Many patients are uncomfortable with having to see a new dentist or oral surgeon when dental implants are needed.
By choosing Smile Solutions Dental Center, you eliminate the need for multiple appointments and consultations between two different specialists. Dr. Yajima has decades of experience as a general dentist and has additional, advanced training in Implant Dentistry. Since 1996, she has been performing the implant placement AND doing the final restoration, including placing the crowns. It’s more convenient for our patients and eliminates the need to see a new doctor you don’t know. Having one dentist perform all steps minimizes the chance of a problem and ensures a perfect fit every step of the way.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone with a missing tooth or teeth is a candidate for dental implants as long as they are healthy and their jawbone can support the implant or implants needed. Implants restore your appearance and eliminate the need for bridges or dentures. If you don’t have sufficient healthy bone in the jaw, a bone graft may be necessary before placing an implant, but this is a common, low-risk procedure.
A few health conditions may impact whether your dental implants are right for you, including uncontrolled diabetes, periodontal disease, cancer, and certain immune disorders. We thoroughly screen every patient to ensure dental implants are the best choice for their health and wellbeing.
What is the Cost of Dental Implants?
The final cost of implants depends on how many teeth are replaced, the complexity of the surgery, whether you need bone grafting, and the cost of the crowns. In rare cases, insurance may cover part of the cost.
We are dedicated to restoring smiles and improving oral health for every patient. A consultation is the best way to determine how much dental implants cost. We will review all the costs and work with you to develop a payment plan that works for you. We also accept most major credit cards and Care Credit.
Are You Ready to Restore Your Smile?
Contact Smile Solutions Dental Center to schedule a consultation and learn your options for dental implants.