The procedure for dental implants
For the vast majority of patients, the best tooth replacement option is dental implants. In Illinois and around the world, this procedure is becoming more popular. What can you expect if you choose implants?
At Pleasant Dental®, we strive to provide every patient with the highest quality care, and delightful results. The first step is making sure that implants are right for you. An examination is needed to determine the condition of your teeth and bone. You may expect all damaged or badly decayed teeth to require extraction. However, in many cases they can be saved with crowns. If you have significant bone loss, a graft may be required before the implant process.
Dr. Dean Dietrich is more than a dentist; he is your friend and partner in oral health. He will thoroughly explain all available options, and discuss your questions, concerns, and expectations. You can feel confident making an informed decision, and trusting your dental care to an experienced, respected professional.
The actual implant is not your replacement tooth. It is a tiny titanium cylinder surgically implanted in your jawbone, functioning as an artificial root. The implant placement procedure is done in a single appointment, with no more discomfort than you would expect from a simple extraction. Although it is a low-risk, virtually painless procedure, it requires precision skill and accuracy for long-term success. That is why we choose to work with highly skilled surgeons, who have extensive implantology experience.
Typically following the implant placement, you will be provided with temporary restorations to wear for several months. During this time, your jawbone will heal around, and bond with, the titanium. This process, called osseointegration, gives the restoration ultimate stability, and keeps the living bone tissue active and healthy.
The final step, after osseointegration has occurred, is placing your beautiful new tooth or teeth. Depending on how many teeth need replacing, a crown, bridge, or denture may be used. This stage of the procedure is performed by Dr. Dietrich, right here in our office. With his excellent cosmetic dentistry skills, and the superior dental materials available today, your new teeth will not look false. With the stability and functionality of implants, they won’t feel false either.
If you are looking for a long-lasting restoration that will mimic a flawless natural tooth in virtually every way, call Pleasant Dental® (708) 576-1900 and schedule an implant consultation today.
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