Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are a safer, faster, more accurate way to replace missing teeth than conventional dental bridges. When a dental bridge is implemented, it requires healthy, adjacent teeth to be ground down. This puts more teeth at risk to develop tooth decay, especially because it is impossible to floss between the teeth. In essence, a dental bridge spreads the problem whereas the placement of dental implants is specific to the area that needs treatment.
Modern dental implants consist of a biologically friendly, titanium replacement for the root of your missing tooth and a crown to replace your missing tooth. With an implant-supported crown, you can regain your mouth’s natural look and feel. Because the titanium integrates with the bone, it helps prevent any further bone loss that would naturally occur after tooth removal. When compared to traditional bridges, dental implants deliver permanent, longer-lasting function and beauty.
HOW DO DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK?
REPLACEMENT OF A SINGLE TOOTH
Dental implantation of a single tooth is considered the replacement of a body part; therefore, it is important that only the highest quality materials are used. As a dental implant specialist, Dr. Chinwalla uses an industry-leading dental implant system that has more than 30 years of clinical research and documented success rates upwards of 95%. Depending on the site of the missing tooth, he will recommend one of the following methods:
- Implantation for a Front Tooth: In most cases, an immediate placement approach for the front tooth is done at the same time as tooth removal, allowing the greatest preservation of bone surrounding the extracted tooth, faster healing times, and the convenience of a single visit.
- Implantation for a Molar Tooth: Molar teeth that require dental implants are usually approached with a delayed placement approach. The molar tooth is first extracted, and bone regenerative materials are given 3-4 months to heal before a dental implant is placed. In some select cases, molar teeth can be treated like single rooted teeth, providing the patient with an immediate dental implant placement following a molar tooth extraction.
REPLACEMENT OF MULTIPLE TEETH
The procedure for replacing multiple adjacent teeth is similar to the replacement of a single tooth. Whether a full or partial replacement of teeth is necessary, dental implants can be used in strategic areas of the mouth to serve as anchors onto which a denture can snap on. Dental implant-supported dentures have become the standard of care, and are the only treatment that helps prevent bone loss, helps preserve your appearance, and eliminates slipping, shifting and chattering of dentures. With dental implant-supported dentures, you can bite and chew naturally, enjoy your favorite foods again, and improve taste sensation, all without any effect on your speech.
EXPECTATIONS FOR DENTAL IMPLANT THERAPY
In order to determine whether or not dental implants are an option, Dr. Chinwalla will conduct a thorough initial evaluation of the mouth including CT scans with 3D imaging. Once the CT scan is completed, we use the latest in dental software to acquire a 3D image of the jawbone. This helps us gain insight into the quantity and quality of the bone at a particular dental implant site. In addition, we can eliminate risk during dental implant placement by using the 3D images to identify nerves, sinuses and other important landmarks. Dr. Chinwalla will review specific treatment options and treatment time with you after a thorough clinical and radiological exam.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
The dental implant process timeline depends on the amount of teeth being replaced and the condition of the site where teeth were extracted.
- Teeth in a Day: In select cases, a permanent dental bridge or denture can be placed in a day.
- Immediate Placement Approach: When no tooth extraction is necessary and dental implant placement is immediate, the total time invested is 12 weeks.
- Delayed Placement Approach: If the procedure requires an extraction of a single tooth before a dental implant is placed, the patient can expect a delayed treatment time of about six months. However, in cases of major bone loss and when significant bone grafting is required before dental implant placement, the treatment time can range from 9-12 months.
MAINTENANCE OF DENTAL IMPLANT THERAPY
Dental implants function like your real teeth so care for them just as you would your natural teeth–brush and floss daily. Certain dental implant-supported dentures can be removed for easier cleaning. We will schedule follow-up visits and monitor your progress on an annual basis to ensure successful, long-term results. In addition, we will establish a team approach with you and your family dentist to maintain your smile for a lifetime.
We provide dental implant services to the communities of Bloomingdale, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Darien, Downers Grove and Naperville in DuPage County, IL.