Dental Implants in Springfield, IL
Laugh, Speak, Eat, and Live With Confidence in Your Smile Again
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 surgeons 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 placed 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.
The Dental Implant Procedure
When you come in for your consultation, your doctor will take 3D CBCT scans and examine your condition and health history, which will help him develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. During this appointment, you will discuss your goals for treatment, have any questions answered, choose your form of anesthesia, and go over instructions for your pre- and post-operative care.
After you feel confident and 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. 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, we will administer the type of anesthetic you and your surgeon chose. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will place the implant using one of several techniques discussed at the consult. Often, a surgical guide is used to most accurately place the implant in the most ideal position. The surgeon may also place the abutment that day. This saves another minor procedure after healing, and shapes the gums appropriately for the crown. If you are undergoing multiple tooth replacement, you may instead receive a temporary set of teeth for full-arch restoration or an implant-supported bridge.
After your implant has healed and fused with the jaw bone, and your restorative dentist will place the custom prosthetic crown. For full-arch restoration cases, the restorative dentist creates the final arch of teeth and will attach it to the implant posts once all of them have healed.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Patients who wear dentures often find that they cause oral sores and feel embarrassed to remove their teeth during meals. In order for the jaw to remain strong, it needs stimulation from teeth roots or implant posts. Dentures have neither, which leaves you susceptible to jaw bone loss. Severe jaw bone atrophy can cause sagging facial features or require extensive bone repair down the road.
Our surgeons can replace a denture through full-arch restoration, a life-changing treatment that uses dental implants to secure a fixed prosthesis. The implants provide stability so that you can eat comfortably while also preventing jaw bone loss. Your prosthesis is custom made for you, providing natural-looking and beautiful results. Learn more about denture replacement in Springfield, IL, by contacting our practice.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.