If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best, and preferred, way to get your smile back. Along with restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, implants can give you back the confidence to smile, talk, and laugh with ease again.
Palos Heights Family Dental offers start-to-finish dental implant services. That means that we are capable of completing all steps of the dental implant procedure from our office. Many other practices are only able to provide the final step of the procedure (the addition of the tooth-like restoration) and have to refer you out to another doctor in the area for the actual implant placement. When you visit us, you can count on our trusted team of implant dentists to take care of it all!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into your jawbone in place of missing teeth. Titanium is a biocompatible material that, over the course of a few months, bonds with bone to create a strong and stable anchor for a restoration. Single tooth implants typically use either a dental crown or dental bridge as a restoration. For patients who are missing many teeth, or even an entire arch, we may recommend implant-supported dentures.
Let us give you dentures that fit great thanks to dental implants. Implant-supported dentures don’t slip or irritate your gums or cheeks. They fit securely, allowing you to get back to eating more of your favorite foods without worry.
Did you know that dental implants don’t just help you speak and eat, they also prevent bone loss, gum recession, and other unwanted side effects of missing teeth!
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
We start by placing a series of implants into your jawbone. We can place these along your upper or lower arch, or both if your dentures replace all of your teeth. We strategically drill holes into your denture, and these holes line up perfectly with your new implants. Once your denture is ready and your implants are in place, you’ll be able to snap your denture into place over the implants. Your denture will fit great and you’ll love to show off your confident smile!
Ask us how dental implants can improve the function and feel of your smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Are you missing one or more teeth? Then you could be a candidate for dental implants! We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel to learn more about dental implants and your options for improving your smile.
Are dental implants only for older patients?
Missing teeth can happen at any age; therefore, dental implants can be placed at any age. As long as your jawbone is healthy enough for the placement of implants, we can help you restore your smile. If your missing tooth has caused some bone deterioration, Dr. Patel may recommend a bone graft prior to the placement of your implant.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
When you’re missing a teeth, many of the things you once took for granted become difficult or impossible – talking, smiling, and even eating some of your favorite foods. Dental implants not only restore your smile, but also give you back full function of your teeth. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Prevention of bone loss due to missing teeth
- Preservation of the shape of your face and jaw
- Improvement of your chewing ability
- Replacement of uncomfortable or loose dentures
What is the dental implant procedure like?
You can think of the dental implant procedure in two parts. First, we surgically place the dental implant in the space where your tooth is missing. Many people don’t realize that the dental implant is not the part that looks like a tooth, but rather, a small, biocompatible post that functions like a tooth root. Once we have let that sufficiently heal and your jawbone has bonded with the implant post, we move on to the next step — the restoration phase. We’ll place an abutment to the top of the dental implant, and then we’ll attach a restoration to this, which completes its appearance as a natural-looking tooth.
How long will my dental implants last?
As long as you care for your dental implants properly, including brushing and flossing just like you would natural, healthy teeth, they’ll last for years. Visiting us for bi-annual exams and cleanings will help give your dental implants a longer lifespan.
How much do dental implants cost?
Let’s face it: getting a confident smile doesn’t always come cheap, especially when you’re needing to replace one or many teeth. That being said, we don’t want you to put your oral health or an attractive smile on hold because you’re worried about the price of dental implants. Palos Heights Family Dental offers a number of financial options for every budget. We work with Quality Dental Plan and CareCredit℠ to give our patients access to affordable dental care to help offset the cost of dental implants. Our team members are happy to help you find the best way to afford dental implants!
Want more information about dental implants? We’re happy to answer your questions!
Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions!