What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jaw bone to support restorations that replace missing teeth. The biocompatible material of the post fuses with the bone to create a permanent anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Dr. Ian Elliott is an experienced periodontist who specializes in dental implant placement as well as gum disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Working closely with your general dentist who creates the restoration, Dr. Elliott performs expert dental implant placement in his Naperville office.
If you are looking to replace missing teeth or you are searching for a more permanent option for your dentures, contact our office to find out if dental implants are right for you.
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Pros and Cons of Choosing Implants
It’s important to know if the investment into your oral health is worth the cost. Once you understand the benefits and potential risks of having dental implants surgically placed into your jaw bone, you are then prepared to make your decision. When exploring your implant options, think about the following pros and cons:
5 Advantages of Dental Implants
- 95-98% success rate
- Made of durable titanium
- No diet limitations
- Improved long-term oral health
- Convenient, safe, and reliable
Every surgery carries risk, including dental implant surgery. Although the dental implant complication rate is very low, there is a chance you could experience infection, nerve damage, delayed bone healing, or rejection. Talk to our specialist about the cost, procedure, recovery time, and longevity of dental implants before you commit. When you know what to expect, you can be proactive if any negative side effects begin to show.
For most people, the main reason they don’t opt for an implant is that the cost is usually not covered by insurance. However, when you look at the overall benefits of your long-term oral health, you can see that it is well worth the investment. If you are considering implants or want to know more about them, schedule a consultation with Dr. Elliott today.
How Dental Implants Work
Titanium posts are surgically placed into your jaw bone to simulate the root of a tooth. The biocompatible material fuses to the bone and becomes a permanent part of your oral structure. After the crown is added to the post, it will provide the chewing force necessary to maintain jaw bone integrity.
Dental implants not only help to secure a restoration in place permanently but will also provide additional benefits, such as:
- Preventing bone loss
- Stopping neighboring teeth from shifting
- Supporting a youthful facial structure
- Normal chewing and speaking ability
If you are looking for a long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants can give you the freedom to smile with confidence, and reduce time and money spent on future dental visits associated with tooth loss.
What are Same-Day Implants?
For qualifying patients, it is possible to have your prosthetic fitted the same day as your implant placement. Also called “immediate load” implant, this treatment refers to the attachment of a temporary crown to the implant post on the same day as the surgery. This procedure is often used with patients who want a functional bite right away, such as those who need implant-supported dentures to replace a complete arch of missing teeth.
A popular method of immediately loaded dental implant is All-On-Four. If your jaw bone is healthy, you can have four implants placed at the same time along with a temporary prosthetic. This allows you to walk out of your appointment with a bite that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. For this treatment option to have the most success, you need to have a strong oral health foundation.
Conditions That Can Prevent You from Receiving Same-Day Implants
- Poor Gum Health
- Significant Bone Loss
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Taking Prescription Bisphosphonate Drugs
If you are seeking a fast solution for tooth loss and would like to leave the procedure feeling confident in your smile with same-day implant restorations, contact our office to schedule a consultation to find out if you qualify.
Setting the Stage for Dental Implants
Dr. Elliott will perform a thorough evaluation to find out if you qualify for dental implants. For patients with advanced gum disease or those who may have waited a long time to replace missing teeth, there may be prerequisite procedures that need to be done before implant placement can occur.
Dr. Elliott works hand-in-hand with your general dentist to ensure successful dental implant placement. Whether you need a single implant to support a crown or multiple posts for an implant-supported bridge or denture, we work together to obtain the best results for you.
Depending on your oral health, treatment time can vary from patient to patient. The number of implants and how long it takes for you to heal can extend the time needed for each procedure, in addition to the treatments that need to be done to prepare for the implant. Procedures that may need to be done before implants can be placed include:
If you have gum disease, it is imperative to clear up any sign of infection or harmful bacteria to safeguard your health during the upcoming surgical procedures. Once the soft tissue is disease free, Dr. Elliott can begin planning for implant placement.
This surgical procedure will help Dr. Elliott build up the necessary bone structure needed for proper implant placement. The jawbone needs to be strong enough to hold the implant in place and withstand normal bite pressure. Recovery time varies from patient to patients and can take several months before the bone is ready for implants. During this time, you will need to visit our office for examinations to see how your bone graft is progressing.
If you have a diseased tooth that needs removal, or you have decided to remove your remaining teeth in preparation for implant-supported dentures, we can plan the procedure to coordinate with your implant placement. In some instances, surgical extraction might be needed to access the tooth underneath the gum line.
For patients receiving implants in the upper arch, near the back molars, Dr. Elliott may need to move the sinus floor to increase the height of accessible bone. This surgical procedure is only performed by specialists like Dr. Elliott. The procedure will take about two hours to perform, and it can take up to three days for proper healing.
What to Expect when Getting Dental Implants?
Once you have decided that dental implants are right for you, a treatment plan is created to coordinate visits with your general dentist who oversees the final restoration. If you have preparatory surgery, we will give your mouth time to heal before scheduling your implant surgery. In most cases, the implant placement typically occurs in a single office visit. Dr. Elliott will access the bone through the gum tissue to secure the titanium rod in its place and perform any recontouring that needs to be done.
Ian Elliott, DDS, Ltd. uses state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques like keyhole surgery to simplify the procedure. This method allows for minimal manipulation of the soft tissue and can significantly reduce healing time and discomfort. We also provide anesthesia and oral sedation to help with any pain, and most patients report they were much more comfortable during the procedure than they anticipated.
Through a process called osseointegration, the bone will fuse to the implant as it heals. This process makes the implant a solid, uniform part of your jaw. For best results, we encourage you to follow the aftercare instructions and call us if you have questions or complications. To minimize any disturbance to the surgical area, we ask that you:
- Eat soft food for a few days
- Do not use straws for up to 48 hours
- Gently wipe or brush the area clean after eating
- Rinse with salt water 2-3 times daily
- Apply ice packs externally as needed
After your implant placement treatment, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling, which can be treated with any over the counter pain reliever. Most patients will heal within six months of surgery, but you will still need to have regular dental exams and cleanings, just like with your natural teeth. If you are not experiencing any complications, you will soon be ready to work with your general dentist to schedule an appoint for your final restoration.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Yes, there are instances when dental implants fail. Implant failure occurs less than 5% of the time, and it’s important that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of possible failure. Contact our office right away if you are experiencing severe discomfort, loosening, or swelling in the area beyond the time frame we advised you of at the time of your procedure. Even if your implant shows signs of failing, we may be able to intervene if we catch it early.
Achieve Your Oral Health Goals with Professional Implant Treatment
As a prosthodontist who specializes in dental implant placement and the overall health of your gums, Dr. Elliott can help you achieve your implant goals. Schedule an appointment to discuss your options and better understand how dental implants can create great oral health for a lifetime.
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