What Are Dental Implants?
Many people choose dental implants at First Class Smiles because they provide a high-quality, lasting solution to missing teeth. You’ll achieve a beautiful, top-of-the-line result and carefree function that can last for the rest of your life!
A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, that is surgically placed below the gums into the jawbone.
Your expert dentist at First Class Smiles will carefully and skillfully place the implant into the jaw where the natural root would have been. Once it’s placed, it will painlessly fuse with your jaw just like a natural tooth, making it very secure.
Once the titanium root is integrated with your jaw, a crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant. Dental implants feel and function more like natural teeth. Some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes, such as a bridge or dentures.
Dental Implants Are Used For:
- Replacing a single missing tooth
- Replacing multiple missing teeth in conjunction with a bridge
- Replacing all teeth using bridges or dentures
Not only can dental implants replace a lost tooth or teeth, but they also help the shape and density of the jawbone by supporting the facial structure and soft tissues around the gums, cheeks, and lips. The functionality of implants helps you eat, chew, and have a natural-looking smile.
Are Dental Implants the Right Choice for You?
Before considering whether or not you may need dental implants, ask yourself these four questions:
- Do you have broken or cracked teeth?
- Do you have a tooth with significant decay?
- Are fillings or crowns not staying in place?
- Do you currently use partial or full dentures?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, it might be time to speak with your dentist at First Class Smiles about dental implants.
Just like any treatment, not every patient in Des Plaines is a good candidate for dental implants. If there’s not enough bone to support implants (the bone is too thin or soft), you may need to have a bone graft.
Bone grafts are routine procedures that generate more bone in a particular region that aids in implant placement.
A thorough consultation with your dentist at First Class Smiles will be done before any procedures to see precisely which tooth replacement solution is best for you.
These evaluations may include X-rays and CT scans to check bone density and to look at oral hygiene, tissues, personal habits, and your commitment to care for your oral health after treatment.
Titanium is used in their dental process because it’s lightweight, durable, and biocompatible with the tissues in your mouth. This means your body doesn’t reject titanium, making titanium and titanium alloy useful for bone implants.
Being able to secure the dental implant to your jawbone allows crowns, bridges or dentures to function as a permanent aesthetically pleasing alternative to natural teeth.
Investing in Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants depends on multiple factors:
- Type of implantation
- Dentist performing the procedure
- Dental insurance
While implants are more expensive than their alternatives of dentures and bridges, you’ll only need to have this procedure once in your lifetime.
Pricing varies on a case-to-case basis, but it’s important to note that you most likely won’t need to have this procedure repeated, as your implants can last a lifetime.
Learn more about our payment methods, including flexible financing, extended payments, and our dental savings program.
3 Options for Tooth Replacement
Single Tooth Replacement
This is for those who only need one tooth replaced. An implant is fused to the bone, and then a support is added to attach the implant to a custom crown.
Once the crown is in place, the tooth is nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement
Like a single tooth replacement, the post and supports are implanted on multiple teeth, which later attach to artificial teeth in a series of custom bridges.
Afterward, the custom crowns or bridgework will match your natural teeth.
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
Dental Implant Process
A dentist will remove any remaining broken or cracked portions of the tooth to provide space for your dental implant.
Bone Graft (If Necessary)
Bone grafts are needed when there is a lack of adequate bone structure.
Dental Implant Placement
Your First Class Smiles dentist will secure your dental implant beneath your gums and into your jawbone to allow for integration. After placement of the implant, it takes several months for the jaw to heal correctly.
An abutment will screw into the crown and support the implant that allows a crown to attach.
After a few weeks of healing, your crown will be attached to the abutment.
Taking Care of Your Implants
Implants offer a long-term investment that is worth smiling about, but there are a few health guidelines you’ll want to follow after surgery.
Two Weeks After Surgery
You’ll want to stick to softer foods for the first couple of weeks. There are lots of options out there, so you don’t have to eat ice cream 24/7. Always remember that even if you’re not hungry, you still need nutrition to help with healing.
Make sure that you keep up with your oral hygiene routine – brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses are ways to ensure your implants last.
5 Tips for Maintaining Dental Implants
The majority of dental implants are successful, with a success rate of 95-98%, and the Mayo Clinic states that “[dental implant] problems are rare [...] and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated.”
- Find the Right Dentist: Having the right dentist help you through the dental implant process is essential.
- Have Good Oral Hygiene: Keeping up with a healthy routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once daily can help clean around your implant. Try interdental brushes or brushes that slide in between teeth.
- Quit Smoking: Smoking is not suitable for oral hygiene, as it can weaken the bone structure and lead to the failure of the implant.
- Cleaning and Exams are Important: Visiting your dentist regularly will ensure implants are in proper condition.
- Avoid chewy or hard foods: Chewing on food items like ice or hard candy is detrimental to artificial teeth, as they can potentially break crowns and chip natural teeth.
Advantages of Having Dental Implants Done by First Class Smiles
Along with our list of services, we are pleased to offer dental implants at First Class Smiles. There are quite a few advantages of having implants done here:
Beyond the advantages, when you journey through your dental implant process with us, you won’t need to go to a specialist, as every step is done in our Des Plaines, IL facility. You’ll be able to include the permanent solutions into your long-term dental plan and budget.
Finally, our experience and expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry are sure to bring you the results you desire—both in functionality and aesthetics. You’ll be on your way to smiling brighter when you choose the professionals at First Class Smiles to be your dental implant specialists.
Want to Learn More About Tooth Replacement Solutions?
To learn more about tooth replacement solutions at First Class Smiles and see if dental implants are right for you, please request a consultation online. Or, you can call us at (847) 264-4152 or fill out the simple form below, and we'll be happy to help!