Dental Implants in Spingfield, IL
Natural-Looking Tooth Restoration
For patients missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants offer a long-term and natural looking solution. The implant replaces the root and crown of the tooth and is the only treatment that prevents jaw bone loss. Replacing missing or failing teeth with dental implants restores the look and function of your mouth, improving confidence and oral health.
Maintaining oral health is an important part of your overall well-being. Having a missing tooth or several missing teeth can affect your self-confidence and lead to other oral health complications like jaw bone atrophy, dental shifting, and impaired speech. Dental implants are a versatile solution that can replace a single tooth or even a full arch of teeth.
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth, making them a popular choice for patients looking to replace missing teeth. Patients can eat the foods they love, smile confidently, and speak clearly. At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois, our expert surgeons use state-of-the-art technologies to assist with treatment planning and dental implant placement. To learn more about this procedure or to see if you are a candidate, contact our office in Springfield, Il.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improve Confidence. A complete smile can restore your confidence and improve your quality of life.
- Maintain Oral Health. Dental implants prevent other oral health complications, like dental shifting, jaw bone atrophy, and facial sagging.
- Prevent Bone Loss. The dental implant post fuses to your jaw bone, promoting stimulation and preserving the structure of your jaw.
- Easy Care. A dental implant is cared for just like a natural tooth with regular brushing and flossing.
- Natural Result. The crown is designed to match your other teeth, so other people won’t be able to tell you even have an implant.
Types of Dental Implants in Springfield, Il
Everyone's smile is unique, and your treatment plan will be, too. At your first visit we will discuss goals for your smile and oral health, then determine the correct type of implants for you. This could include:
- Single Tooth Replacement. A dental implant can be inserted wherever a tooth is missing or needs to be replaced, provided there is enough jaw bone.
- Immediate Implants. Your surgeon can insert an implant post immediately following a tooth extraction. This reduces the number of appointments necessary to restore the tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional bridges require nearby teeth to be shaved down to support the bridge. An implant-supported bridge can support a bridge, which protects your healthy teeth and benefits your jaw bone.
- Full-Arch Restoration. As few as four implant posts can support a fixed prosthesis in one or both dental arches. This treatment completely restores your smile with natural-looking and fully functioning results.
The Dental Implant Surgery
The dental implant process will vary depending on your individual needs but will most likely consist of one consultation appointment, one surgery appointment, and one or more follow-up appointments. If you need additional procedures like bone grafting, tooth extractions, or want immediate implants, the amount of necessary appointments may vary.
When you come in for your consultation, the doctor will thoroughly examine your mouth and go over your health history. We will also take 3D CBCT scans of your face or mouth to get detailed images that will be used as a surgical guide to properly place your implant. During this initial appointment, you will be able to discuss your goals for treatment, have your questions answered, choose your form of anesthesia or sedation.
Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois offers many options for anesthesia and sedation, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and general anesthesia. Our board-certified doctors have trained alongside licensed anesthesiologists and can ensure you receive appropriate monitoring while sedated. Most patients comfortably complete the dental implant procedure with only local anesthesia, which numbs the surgical site, while others choose to rest in a sleep-like state with IV sedation. Your oral surgeon will discuss your anxiety levels and help determine the right choice for your treatment.
On the day of your procedure, your doctor will administer the selected form of anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your doctor will carefully open the gums, insert the titanium screw into the empty tooth socket, and place stitches if necessary. You will rest in the recovery area until your anesthesia wears off.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants varies depending on how many implants are needed, if additional procedures are required, such as general extraction or bone grafting, the choice of anesthesia, and the details of your insurance coverage. By calling our office and scheduling a consultation, we can provide you with an accurate cost estimate and discuss payment options for your convenience.
Removable dentures offer a less expensive alternative to dental implants, but only provide cosmetic benefits. They must be taken out during eating and brushing, which many find embarrassing. They must also be replaced every few years and require special rinses to clean them.
The biggest disadvantage of removable dentures and bridges is that they do not keep the jaw bone healthy or prevent bone atrophy. Without proper stimulation the jaw bone can weaken and cause facial sagging, dental shifting, and severe bone loss. These oral complications require extensive and expensive future treatments. By investing in dental implants, you’re investing in your future by protecting your oral health. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact our office in Springfield, Il.