There are many reasons why dental implants are the most popular solution for tooth replacement at our office in Decatur, IL. Dental implants offer our patients with damaged or missing teeth a permanent and natural-looking way to restore their smile and oral function. Not only that, but dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents the unhealthy bone atrophy that can result over time from tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a three-part tooth restoration option.
- The first part of the implant, the titanium post (or screw), is the base that will replace your tooth root. It integrates with the bone in your jaw to become the stable support for the remaining two parts of the implant.
- The abutment is the second piece of the restoration. It is the connector between the titanium post/screw and the prosthetic crown that will be designed to look and feel like a natural, healthy tooth.
- The final piece is the prosthetic crown. It is attached to the post/screw via the abutment and is designed to look and function just like the rest of your teeth.
With proper care, the result of your restoration will be new, fully functional replacement teeth that will last you a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many reasons why so many of our patients choose dental implants over other tooth replacement options offered at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois. Dental implants are the obvious winner when it comes to a long-term replacement for missing or failing teeth. They offer restored oral function as well as preserved oral health. Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth, and because they restore the tooth root, they are the only solution that addresses the jaw bone atrophy commonly seen with tooth loss. Advantages seen with implant restoration include
- Simple care routine
- Lifelong stability
- Jaw bone preservation
- Increased confidence
- Improved oral function
- Can be used to replace one or a full-arch of teeth
With dental implants, the fusion of the implant post/screw with the jaw creates a stable foundation that keeps the jaw bone healthy and allows for normal oral function, including eating all the foods you love. We encourage you to contact our office in Decatur, IL, to hear more about the benefits and details of this innovative and versatile treatment.
One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they are so versatile. Most commonly, implants replace individual teeth, but they can also be used to support a bridge or a full-arch replacement. When you have a consultation with your oral surgeon at our Decatur, IL office, your health history will be reviewed, and your condition will be examined to determine which procedure is right for you. This appointment is also an excellent opportunity to discuss your goals for treatment, ask any questions you have, and choose your preferred form of anesthesia or sedation. You will leave your consultation with complete instructions for your pre- and post-operative care.
Once you feel confident about your procedure and what to expect, and have reviewed your pre- and post-operative instructions, we can schedule your next appointment. Please feel free to contact our office should any questions arise between your consultation and your procedure.
On the day of your surgery, our team will bring you to the procedure room where the anesthesia or sedation discussed with your oral surgeon at your consultation will be administered. Once it has taken affect, your oral surgeon will begin the procedure. After carefully opening your gums, the titanium post/screw will be inserted into your empty tooth socket. In most cases, after your gums are stitched up over the implant, you will wait for your sedation to wear off and will then head home with your designated driver to recover. In rare instances, your oral surgeon may attach the abutment to the screw in the same procedure. Most often, however, the abutment will be placed after the screw has adequately fused with the bone under your gums — a healing process that generally lasts a few weeks.
Once you have healed, you will return to our Decatur, IL office for a final appointment to place the custom-designed crown your restorative dentist completed for you. We will attach the crown to the abutment (if it wasn’t done previously), and your brand-new smile will be complete.
Dental Implants in Decatur, IL
Dental implants at our Decatur, IL office are a popular and healthy choice for replacing missing or problem teeth. To enjoy the benefits of this natural-looking and fully functional tooth replacement solution, we encourage you to contact our office. Our helpful staff will be happy to discuss your tooth replacement options and schedule a consultation for you with the oral surgeon. We look forward to seeing your new smile!