Dental Implants: Unrivaled Support for Natural-Looking Restorations
Patients suffering from tooth loss should consider the benefits of dental implants and the lifetime of stable support these restorations can offer. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as a solid foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures, but not all dental implants are created equal. The dentists at Delany Dental Care in Gurnee, IL, use the finest materials available and offer a number of implant types - including All-on-4 implants - to meet your specific oral health needs. Additionally, because our dentists are highly trained in many different areas, we can oversee your dental implants treatment from beginning to end all under one roof. In fact, Drs. Ira L. Shapira, Mark J. Amidei, and Richard Cottrell have over 110 years of combined experience in implant dentistry.
What You Need to Know about Dental Implants
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, consecutive missing teeth, or a full dental arch. Your treatment plan will depend on the number of implants you need and the type of restoration required to fill the gaps in your smile. Among other oral health factors, your jawbone structure and extent of dental decay will be considered before your doctor will recommend dental implants treatment. Some patients may need to fortify their jaw with a preparatory procedure such as a bone graft or sinus lift before undergoing dental implant placement surgery.
Choosing the Right Implant Treatment for You
Regardless of which implant treatment type you choose, rest assured that Delany Dental Care uses only the best brands in dentistry such as Nobel Biocare®, Straumann, and Astra. Your dental implants therapy may involve:
- Traditional implants: These implants are exceptionally durable. They require two surgeries over the course of about six months before the denture can be placed.
- All-on-4 implants: By placing two vertical implants in the front of the jaw and two angled implants on either side of the dental arch, our dentists can often accommodate patients who have experienced some bone atrophy without the need for bone grafting. When added support is necessary, we can provide a variation on this treatment that incorporates a fifth implant. These implants can usually support a denture immediately following placement.
- Mini implants: Because they are about half the diameter of a traditional dental implant, mini implants can be placed during a less invasive surgery that involves inserting the implant directly through the gum tissue and into the jaw. Mini implants require less bone tissue than traditional implants, making them a popular option among those who would otherwise require a bone graft. Like All-on-4 implants, mini implants are capable of immediately supporting a denture.
- ASTRA TECH Implant System™ EV implants: This system of ergonomically shaped implants was developed by Dr. Cottrell. Among many special features, these implants can be made to accommodate patients who have experienced bone atrophy along the ridge of the jaw resulting in a slanted contour. They are available with a slanted top surface designed to follow this angle, preventing further changes in the shape of the ridge and often eliminating the need for bone grafting. After placement surgery, these implants typically require a recovery of about five months before they can support a denture.
The Dental Implants Procedure
To begin your implant placement procedure, our team will ensure that you are completely comfortable and relaxed. Once you are prepared, your dentist can create a tiny incision in your gums and create a space in the jawbone for each implant. Next, the titanium posts will be inserted into the prepared areas and your gums will be stitched together. All-on-4 implant patients will have their restorations attached at this time for an instant complete smile.
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Over the course of the next few months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This process typically takes approximately four to six months. This merging of posts and bone forms a durable base for your crowns, bridges, or dentures and is unsurpassed in reliability. Traditional implant patients will come into our offices again once the osseointegration process is complete to undergo their final procedure to have their permanent artificial teeth attached to the posts.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants are widely considered to be the finest long-term tooth-replacement treatment available. Additionally, this cutting-edge technology provides our patients a variety of oral health and aesthetic advantages, such as:
- Dentures that will not move or slip when you eat, speak, or laugh
- Restorations that look and feel incredibly lifelike
- A lifetime of support for your artificial teeth
- Halted jawbone atrophy
In addition, dental implants can prevent structural facial changes. When a tooth root has been missing for a significant period of time, the adjacent jawbone tissue will break down since there is no tooth root stimulation. As the bone deteriorates, the cheeks can begin to collapse inward and the lips will start to pucker.
Protect Your Long-Term Oral Health
If you are missing one or more teeth and are searching for a permanent restorative solution, contact our office online to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. You can also call Delany Dental Care at (847) 623-5530 to find out more about which implant approach can best transform the function and appearance of your smile.
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