If you are missing teeth or have damaged teeth that require extraction, we can restore them with dental implants in Springfield, IL. The simple three-part design of the restoration provides you with a natural-looking and functional solution. Schedule a consultation by calling our office, and our doctor can explain more about your options for tooth replacement.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic screws by which a crown or other type of restoration is attached. When we complete the restoration process and attach the final piece, your dental implant will closely resemble a natural tooth. Each part of the implant serves an important purpose to the overall success of your restoration:
- The medical-grade titanium screw replaces your tooth root and fuses with your jaw bone to provide the proper foundation for the other two pieces. This is placed by your surgeon.
- The metal abutment connects to the titanium screw and allows a way to attach the crown or prosthesis.
- The prosthetic crown is the final piece to be placed, and it is designed to look and function like your other teeth. This is usually performed by your general dentist.
What are the benefits?
There are many options available for tooth replacement, but dental implants offer patients the most benefits, both short and long-term. Some of the benefits include:
- Improved chewing ability
- Versatility in treatments and use
- Easier to maintain and clean
- Jaw bone preservation
- Increased stability
- Permanent teeth replacement
The unique design of dental implants is what helps set them apart from other tooth replacement options. They are the only solution that addresses the missing tooth root — the titanium screw acts as the root and provides the stimulation your jaw bone needs to avoid deteriorating. With their stable base, dental implants also allow you to eat the foods you love easily. When you attend your consultation appointment at our office in Springfield, IL, we can explain in more detail all the benefits of this tooth restoration.
As previously stated, one of the many advantages of dental implants is their versatility — they can be used for a variety of restorative procedures. When you come in for your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly examine your condition and health history, which will help him develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. During this initial appointment, you will be able to discuss your goals for treatment, get any questions answered, choose your form of anesthesia, and go over instructions for your pre- and post-operative care.
After you and your doctor both feel confident that you understand what to expect during treatment, we will schedule your surgical appointment. Choosing a later date for your procedure gives you time to review your instructions again and prepare yourself adequately. The remaining workup for your case is then done by the surgeon and the lab. If any questions come up between your consultation and your surgical appointment, please feel free to contact our office.
When you arrive for your procedure, our team will take you back to the procedure room, and we will administer the type of anesthetic you and your surgeon have chosen. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your doctor will place the implant using one of several techniques likely discussed at the consult. Often, a surgical guide is used to most accurately place the implant in the best position possible for your bone and the restoration. The surgeon may also place the abutment that day which may save another minor procedure after healing has taken place and shape the gums appropriately for the crown.
After your implant has healed and adequately fused with your jaw bone, and your restorative dentist has completed your custom prosthetic crown, you will return to our office. (If you are undergoing multiple tooth replacement, you may instead receive a permanent set of teeth or an implant-supported bridge.)
Dental Implants in Springfield, IL
We encourage you to contact our Springfield, IL, office if you suffer from damaged or missing teeth. We would be happy to discuss your options for tooth replacement and schedule you a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you regain your smile.