The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants, offered here at Cameo Dental Specialists, have become one of the most popular options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They consist of small, titanium rods, which are inserted into the jawbone. Abutments are set on top of the rods and connect the rods to your replacement teeth. Implants involve a surgical procedure, which is far more involved than other replacement options. However, the benefits of implants far outweigh the procedure, making them well worth the effort.
Benefits of Dental ImplantsDental implants come with numerous benefits:
Step One: Your ConsultationBefore you can be considered for dental implants, we first require a consultation. This consultation allows us to get a thorough look at your mouth, and determine if implants truly are the best course of action for you. We examine the interior of your mouth and take 3-dimensional digital images as well. The images provide us with an up-close look at the condition of your jawbone. They can also be used to determine the best placement for your implants, which will provide you with maximum stability.
Step Two: SurgeryIf you are determined to be an ideal candidate for dental implants, we will then move ahead and schedule your surgery. On the day of your procedure, we start by administering a local anesthetic to the surgical sites. If necessary, we can also provide you with sedation, which will allow you to relax.
Once the anesthetic has taken effect, any severely damaged, unsalvageable teeth are removed. We then move ahead with the placement of your implants. First, we make incisions in your gums, which provides us with access to your jawbone. Next, we drill into the bone. The titanium rods are inserted. Finally, your gums are stitched closed around the rods, leaving just a small amount exposed above the tissue. You will be given a set of temporary teeth before you leave, which will allow you some function while you heal.
Step Three: Post-Operative CareAs with any surgical procedure, a period of recovery is required. The exact time depends on the number of implants. Typically, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. During this time, your jawbone fuses to the titanium rods, allowing for them to become stable “roots” for your permanent restorations. Known as osseointegration, this process is critical. We will provide you with a set of specific instructions to follow during this stage, and adhering to these instructions will help to ensure a smooth, easy recovery.
Step Four: Your Permanent TeethOnce you have healed, it’s time for your permanent teeth. We place abutments on your implants and take impressions of your mouth. The implants are used to design and create your permanent replacement teeth. Once they are ready, they are secured in place with screws. You leave with a set of fully-functioning, completely natural set of teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if they are right for you, contact Cameo Dental Specialists today at (708) 456-7787!
The Cameo doctors who lead our experienced and highly trained staff provide exceptional care in a friendly and comfortable environment.
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7603 West North Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
3116 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Illinois 60402
475 West 55th Street, Suite 208
La Grange, IL 60525
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Chicago, IL 60607