Dental Implants – Itasca, IL

Missing Teeth Are No More

Man sharing smile after tooth replacement with dental implants

Permanent tooth replacement was once a dream for anyone experiencing tooth loss. The idea of enjoying life again with a stable, durable, and longer-lasting smile was unthinkable. That is until researchers discovered the benefits of titanium and its ability to fuse to the bone. With the discovery of dental implants, you can now enjoy a healthier smile for a lifetime because of their placement within the jawbone and their ability to withstand daily wear and tear. Call our dental office to find out what you need to do to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants from our Itasca, IL dentist.

Why Choose Hamilton Lakes Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • Personalized Treatment Plan Designed For Each Patient
  • Partners with Local Dental Implant Specialists
  • Sedation Dentistry Available

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth because of how they mimic the natural tooth structure. With a titanium post that looks like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone and fuses over several months. It is then topped with a customized dental crown, bridge, or denture depending on how many you are missing. With dental implants, you can expect to enjoy a better quality of life because of how you can easily eat your favorite foods, smile with greater confidence, and speak with optimal clarity.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

Man looking at smile after four step dental implant process

Overall, dental implant treatment can be one of the most complex and advanced in dentistry. However, it can be broken into four general steps: consultation, surgery, osseointegration and abutment, and restoration. Before treatment starts, we’ll make sure you understand these steps and what’s coming next so you know what to expect. If you have questions at any point during these stages, we can answer them for you happily, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

closeup of a model of dental implants

You will first meet with your implant dentist to discuss your candidacy for treatment. It is during this visit that you will learn if there are any issues standing between you and your fully restored smile. If you require any preliminary treatments such as bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or tooth extraction before receiving your dental implants, we will help you through the process. Getting necessary prework done beforehand can help ensure the long-term success of your implants.

Dental Implant Surgery

closeup of an implant during placement surgery

Once you are cleared for surgery, we will refer you to a local dental implant specialist who will perform the minor oral procedure. The specialist may wish to meet with you to answer your questions about the surgery. For the procedure itself, after local anesthesia, small incisions are made in the gums where the dental implants will be put into place. The posts are then inserted into the jawbone.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

diagram of a dental implant fully integrated with the jawbone

After the gum tissue is closed and the procedure is complete, you will return home to heal. The gum tissue should heal within a week of the procedure, but the more important process takes longer. For 3-6 months, osseointegration must occur, which involves the fusing of dental implants and bone. After you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our office to have small abutments attached to the tops of your implants. Abutments are basically the connection piece between the post and your restoration.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

diagram of crown being put on a single dental implant

The final step in the dental implant process is to receive your customized restoration. This can include a crown, bridge, or denture. First, we’ll take impressions of your upper and lower arches and send this information to our trusted dental lab. Over the course of a few weeks, they will produce your custom restoration(s). We’ll call you when it’s ready, and you’ll come in to have it bonded in place.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Smiling man enjoying the benefits of dental implants

All in all, dental implants are popular with dental patients. Dentists will even place 500,000 of these posts per year! Often, this goodwill stems from the treatment’s placement method. How implants work involves perks that other tooth replacements can’t mimic. As a result, many view the posts as the ultimate tooth replacements. Our office can highlight the benefits of dental implants if you’d like. To that end, just keep reading or call us for the details.

Day-to-Day Benefits

An older man admiring his new dental implants in a hand mirror

As you’d expect, implants’ day-to-day benefits stand out the most. These include:

  • A Stunning Smile – Since dental crowns top them, implants blend seamlessly with adjacent teeth. They match your other chompers’ color, size, and shape enough that people won’t even notice they’re artificial.
  • A Confident Attitude – Once they’ve restored your smile, implants will naturally boost your confidence. You’ll feel more assured in your looks as you mingle with friends and family.
  • Easier Eating – Implants restore your bite force when they fuse with your jaw. From there, you can chew and eat your favorite tough foods again.
  • Low-Effort Care – Compared to dentures or bridges, implants are easy to clean. You can just care for them as you would any other teeth. As such, brush them twice daily, floss between them once daily, and rinse with mouthwash.

Health Benefits

A happy senior couple making salads

Besides their day-to-day benefits, implants also have health-related ones. That means using them will improve your body. For example, implants usually lead to:

  • A Cleaner Mouth – If you leave smile gaps untended, they’ll allow harmful bacteria to breed. These microbes could then cause tooth decay, gum disease, etc. Still, implants would fill the gaps and thus improve your oral health.
  • A Nutritious Diet – Implants let you eat tougher foods, so they expand your dietary options. This wider range of meal choices leads to better nutritional health.
  • A Stronger Jaw – Without fast treatment, tooth loss will erode your jaw. This erosion will then trigger a facial collapse. However, dental implants can prevent and reverse this process. They stimulate your jawbone’s tissues, ensuring your jaw stays full and robust.
  • High Tooth Support – If you lack a full grin, your smile gaps will make the remaining teeth tilt and fall out. Luckily, implants excel at filling these spaces. The posts will thus keep your other teeth straight and stable.

Long-term Benefits

A pretty gray-haired lady enjoying her dental implants

As it turns out, implants offer some great long-term advantages. The most common of these are:

  • High Success – In the long run, dental implants nearly always succeed. Their ten-year success rate even exceeds 95%!
  • Enduring Effects – The average dental implant lasts roughly 15-20 years. Meanwhile, a well-maintained one can reach a lifespan of over 30 years. So, there’s a good chance your implant treatment will last a lifetime.
  • Financial Savings – Over time, implants can actually save you money. Their long lives (see above) mean they need few (if any) repairs or replacements. In contrast, a denture or bridge requires plenty of pricey follow-up care. (Either of these options will only last 5-7 years.)

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Man and woman with dental implants smiling

Most adults who are missing one or more teeth can be candidates for dental implants. However, you may lack immediate clearance for treatment if you suffer from tooth decay, gum disease, or an oral infection. Fortunately, there are accessible solutions available that can improve the state of your smile and better prepare you for the dental implant process. Because of their unique versatility, you and your dentist will discuss the type of restoration you need to enjoy a healthy, complete smile again.

Missing One Tooth

Model smile with dental implant supported dental restoration

If you’re only missing one tooth, we will recommend that a dental crown be made to sit on top of the single dental implant post and abutment. This will fill in the gap and make it easier to smile, eat, and speak.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Model smile with dental implant supported fixed bridge

When missing two or more consecutive teeth, we can use two dental implant posts and a custom bridge to complete your smile. However, if your teeth are not missing consecutively but instead are scattered throughout an arch, we can have an implant partial made that affixes to titanium posts instead of relying on metal clips that attach to your teeth.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated smile with dental implant supported denture

A traditional denture no longer has to be the only option for an arch of missing teeth but instead, you can opt for an implant denture. Consisting of between four and six dental implant posts, they are positioned within the jawbone and serve as a foundation for a customized denture to be secured on top.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental team member explaining the cost of dental implants

You might think the cost of dental implants is completely out of reach, but the truth is that this process is different for everyone. There are several factors our team will consider when drafting your cost estimate so that you can better prepare your finances when getting ready to undergo treatment. We’ll also discuss ways to get the maximum reimbursement from your dental insurance company as well as go over flexible financing options should you need additional help.