Eat Freely Again With Dental Implants 

Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Dental Implants In Chicago

Loss of an adult tooth can occur due to multiple reasons like decay or cavities, reduced chewing and biting function, jawbone deterioration, and facial structure collapse due to further loss of remaining teeth. Traditionally, the only missing teeth replacement options available for people were fixed dental bridges and removable dentures. Thankfully, with improvements in dental care, dental implants treatment have become an increasingly popular and effective alternative dental restoration solution. Most people find this treatment most stable and secure.

Dental implants procedure uses titanium/zirconium metal posts (screws or cylindrical shaped) that act as fake tooth roots serving as the strong foundation for one or more false teeth. They are the long-term dental choice for getting a complete smile and improved oral health. Based on their methods of surgical placement, they can fall into either of two categories:

1. Endosteal implants (most common)- inserted into the jawbone by creating a hole in it

2. Subperiosteal implants (rarely used)- a metal framework placed directly on top of the jawbone beneath the gums with the metal post coming out of the gums.

At TDS The Dental Specialist full mouth dental implants are also provided that offer several advantages over other teeth replacement options like conventional dentures.

Causes / Indications

  • A desire to smile confidently and have an aesthetically pleasing facial appearance.
  • Impaired speech intelligibility
  • Inability to play any wind instruments by mouth due to absence of anterior teeth
  • Require replacement of uncomfortable and inconvenient removable dentures or wish to avoid harming the nearby healthy tooth for supporting dental bridges.
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Ideal Candidates

Generally, any individual with gaps in their smile, healthy gums, and sufficient jawbone density can undergo dental implant surgery. They must be committed to regular dental visits and good oral hygiene. However, if they are suffering from unmanageable chronic disorders like heart disease and diabetes, are heavy smokers, or have undergone radiation therapy to the neck/head area, they must be evaluated individually by the dentists before considering dental implant surgery.

What is a Dental Implants Treatment?

Procedure

It is a simple outpatient procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon for either one or multiple missing adult teeth. To successfully place the dental implants, multiple dental appointments with a gap of a few months for healing are required. This includes an initial consultation, dental implant surgery, and then placing the permanent new replacement teeth. In some cases, tooth extraction and bone grafting process may be performed before placing implants. The phases of dental implants procedure steps are discussed below

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Dental Examination

The patient’s mouth is thoroughly examined for any dental concerns. Dental X-rays or 3D CBCT scans of the jaws are taken to assess the jawbone health and shape as well as locate the sinuses and nerves close to the intended dental implant site. All this helps in careful positioning of the dental implants and even checking for the need for bone reconstruction procedure. 

Bone Grafting And Bone Regeneration

For some patients who do not have enough jawbone mass, the height and width of the jawbone at the implant site are increased by using autogenous bone grafts, allografts, xenografts, or synthetic bone substitutes. A special technique like guided bone regeneration can be done in some cases where the bone cells are provided a chance to multiply and fill in the area where jawbone loss has taken place.

Placing Of Dental Implants

A small gum incision is made to get access to the jawbone at the site of tooth loss during teeth implant procedure. Special drills are used to create a hole in the jawbone to insert the implants. Upon implant placement either it is left for direct healing to allow osseointegration for 2-6 months followed by another surgery to attach a healing gap or a healing cap is temporarily placed into the prepared jawbone until the implant fuses with it. Once healing is over, the healing cap is removed and a permanent abutment is placed over it, hence making it ready for the cementing of the new crown.

Cost of Dental Implant Procedure

The teeth implants cost can vary widely, and depends on several factors:

  • Dental implant material
  • Number of dental implants
  • Bone grafting
  • Patient oral health
  • Tooth extraction
  • Area in which the implant is placed
  • Dental surgeon experience

Typically, the basic dental insurance policies do not cover dental implant surgery as it is considered a cosmetic dental procedure. But, certain insurance plans including dental or medical insurance do claim some coverage and help you save money on certain portions of the procedure. To know more about affordable dental implants and full mouth teeth implant cost in detail, schedule a visit with the best implants expert at TDS The Dental Experts.

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Post-Op Instructions/ Post-Treatment Care

  • Following surgery, painkillers, and antibiotics may be taken for a few days and an icepack can help relieve mild discomfort and swelling.
  • Patients must avoid hot food and drinks as well as sticky, hard or chewy foods in the initial days.
  • Dental implants must be taken care of just like natural teeth which include following proper dental care regime (twice brushing, one-time flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash every day) and routine dental check-ups. 

At TDS The Dental Specialist, our team can help you know more about this treatment by answering any additional questions you have about dental implants. If you are concerned about how long dental implants last, contact us today for your consultation. You can also see the transformed smile our patients have achieved with our dental implants in our teeth implants before and after section images.

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