Dental Implants

Dentist in Wheaton

Dental implants provide a safe, permanent, durable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants function well and have a very natural appearance within your mouth. Our doctor is committed to ensuring your optimal comfort and quality care. To that end, we make use of the latest techniques and technologies that allow efficient, stress-free treatment. Many of our patients find dental implants to be an appealing tooth loss solution and are pleased by how relaxed and comfortable their experience can be.

Placing an Implant

Placing the implant is the first stage in a two-part process that provides a long-term solution for tooth loss. The dental implant, a small titanium cylinder, is gently placed into your jaw by a surgeon. This cylinder functions as an artificial tooth root. As it heals, the bone will grow and attach to the implant, creating a strong, secure foundation for the replacement tooth or denture. Throughout the process, our team takes great care in ensuring your optimal comfort. We want you to have an excellent implantation experience as well as beautiful results.

Dental Implant with Replacement Crown

A replacement crown is a prosthetic tooth that is attached to the dental implant. This crown is custom-designed to look and function like one of your natural teeth. In some cases, a temporary crown may be provided, to provide aesthetic and functional benefit while your implant heals. Once the implant has fully healed, the custom-crafted permanent replacement crown is affixed, restoring the fullness and functionality of your smile. Replacement crowns are a great option for replacing any number of teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures provide another teeth replacement option that can be a great alternative to conventional dentures. Our doctor will recommend a teeth replacement plan based on your individual needs and preferences.

  • Removable Implant-Supported Dentures provide replacement for all upper and/or lower teeth. They can be removed for cleaning like conventional dentures, yet are far more secure than unsupported dentures. These dentures can be attached with as few as 2 implants, though are more secure with additional implants. Our dentist will advise you on how many implants are best for your removable implant-supported dentures.
  • Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures also replace all upper and/or lower teeth. This may also be known as an “All on 4 Bridge” or “teeth in a day”.  These dentures are permanently anchored to your dental implants. They are used to replace an arch or jaw of teeth, and can be helpful in preventing bone loss. The strength of dental implants provides an ideal anchor for dentures that will function and look like natural teeth.
  • Implant-Secured Partial Fixed Dentures are a type of bridge that is anchored to several dental implants. This bridge is a type of partial denture that replaces one or more teeth. With implant-secured partial fixed dentures, the implant provides the anchor, so your natural teeth do not need to be compromised by this tooth loss solution.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an aesthetic, effective solution for tooth loss. There are many great benefits to choosing dental implants.

  1. Natural looking smile: Dental implants are crafted to closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring a natural-looking smile.
  2. Improved oral health: Since there is no need to alter surrounding teeth to anchor implants, more of your natural teeth are preserved intact, improving long-term oral health.
  3. Improved speech: Implants are solid replacements for natural teeth and they help you to speak smoothly and clearly.
  4. Improved comfort: Dental implants avoid movements of removable dentures which can cause pain or impair function
  5. Improved function: Dental implants function much like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat without pain.
  6. Protect healthy bone structure: Empty spaces caused by tooth loss can, over time, lead to deterioration of the jawbone. Since dental implants function like tooth roots, they are able to prevent this type of deterioration, just as natural teeth do.
  7. Long-term solution: Dental implants, when cared for properly are very durable and last a very long time. 

Considerations

There are several factors that our doctor will consider before recommending dental implants. Some of these include:

  • Adequate bone support to anchor the implant
  • Healthy gum tissue
  • Anatomy of the mouth including position of the sinuses and nerves
  • Overall health, including any chronic illnesses

Contact our office today for more information on dental implants or to set up a consultation.