Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. Composed of three main parts, dental implants consist of a titanium post, an abutment, and a dental crown. The dental implant procedure can span several months; however, it will gift you with a lifetime of benefits that other restorative options simply cannot. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about dental implants. Please contact our office, and any one of our trained professionals would be happy to speak with you regarding dental implants.
Understanding The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure involves several steps and will take a couple of months to complete. Our Skokie, IL dentists are trained in implant dentistry and are happy to walk you through what to expect every step of the way. Here is a general outline of the dental implant procedure:
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your tooth replacement needs and goals. Our doctors will evaluate the current condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to ensure they are healthy enough to support a dental implant. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we will begin organizing your treatment plan.
Additional steps in the treatment planning process may include dental impressions, bone grafting, and tooth extractions if needed. Your doctor will be able to provide a more accurate timeline specifically designed around you and your smile once you have had your initial consultation.
A surgical procedure is needed to give you a dental implant. During the surgical procedure, a small incision will be made and a titanium post will be inserted beneath your soft tissues. The post will be placed strategically so that once it is fully healed, it will fuse together with your jawbone and give your dental restoration tooth-root functionality. You should expect your healing time to be around 6-9 months. While this may seem like a long wait for your dental restoration, remember that as the post fuses together with your jawbone, it will give you a lifetime of benefits including no dietary restrictions.
Local anesthetic and sedation dentistry options are utilized to ensure you are comfortable throughout the dental implant procedure. We will ensure that you do not experience pain or discomfort during your appointment. If you have dental anxiety about any part of the dental implant process, talk to your dentist to learn more about your sedation options.
Once the post has fully healed, an abutment is placed over it. The abutment is the piece of hardware that will hold the post and the dental crown together. This procedure is much less invasive than the initial surgical procedure, and should only take a few weeks to heal.
After the abutment has fully healed, a custom-made dental crown will be secured. The dental crown will aesthetically replace your missing tooth, and the dental implant will be complete. Once the crown is placed, your dental implant is considered complete and you should be good to go to enjoy your new, restored smile.