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Dental Implants - Skokie, IL

State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement

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There are several options for replacing missing teeth in today’s world, but the North Shore Family Dentistry team strongly recommends one as the premier solution – dental implants. A natural tooth is composed of both a white, strong crown and a root that provides support and stimulation from underneath the gum tissue. While traditional reconstructive services focus on the crown, dental implants start with the root for an enduring foundation, seamless function, and lifelong improvement.

Are you interested in learning whether or not dental implants are right for you? Please contact our dental office today in Skokie, IL.

How Does the Dental Implant Process Work?

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The dental implant process does require several appointments and a significant period of time on the patient’s part to complete – typically anywhere from six to nine months. Considering the incredible benefits you receive in return, though, our team considers it a worthwhile investment.

Implant-restored teeth are virtually indistinguishable in look and feel from the natural version, and they should last for several decades or the rest of the patient’s life with proper maintenance. The different stages of treatment include the surgical placement of the dental implants, a healing process, and the design and creation of new, custom-made restorations.

Dental Implant Placement

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Because dental implants are meant to function as a new “tooth root,” they must be surgically inserted into the jawbone. For this part of the procedure, Dr. Schwartz will recommend you to a trusted specialist in the area to ensure full accuracy. Once the implants are securely in place, a process known as osseointegration begins. Your natural oral tissue will gradually bond with the biocompatible addition, creating a sturdy foundation for the eventual restoration.

Dental Implant Crowns

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When an individual tooth/implant needs to be recreated, we will suggest a dental crown. This crown will be crafted from high-quality ceramics that are precisely shaded to match the rest of your smile, and its placement won’t negatively affect the health of surrounding teeth. Our team will work hard to ensure that the final result is as seamless as possible in look, feel, and function.

Dental Implant Bridges

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If the patient has lost multiple teeth in a row, an implant-retained bridge may be the ideal solution. While traditional bridges are anchored in place with dental crowns, which fit over healthy teeth and require significant, negative alterations of their structure, this modern version is held in place over two dental implants instead. These implants are placed on either side of the gap, and the final result is not only much sturdier, but healthier as well.

Mini Dental Implants

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In order to receive traditional dental implants, patients will need to have a healthy amount of jawbone density in the requested area. If your particular smile falls short of this requirement, all hope isn’t lost – miniature dental implants are also available here in Skokie! Like the name implies, mini implants are simply a smaller version of their traditional counterparts. They can be successfully inserted into much thinner bone with success, anchoring full prosthetics in place so that patients can genuinely enjoy their smile once more.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Want a better overall experience from your dentures? Dental implants can help! These titanium posts act like the roots of natural teeth to anchor and support a denture, giving you unparalleled fit and function. An implant-retained denture will increase your confidence and help you eat your favorite foods again, not to mention that it will also last longer than a traditional appliance as well.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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It can be difficult trying to determine if the choice you’re making for dental treatment is right for you. You feel you have all the information you could need to make a clear, confident decision, but you still have questions and concerns. At North Shore Family Dentistry, we understand, which is why Dr. Schwartz and his team have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dental implants in Skokie. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us.

Are dental implants right for me?

This is one of the most common questions asked by potential implant patients. Knowing which method of treatment is right for you, as well as what makes you qualified and what doesn’t is important to know because surveying your options. To know if you are an eligible candidate, Dr. Schwartz will need to examine your teeth and gums, as well as your bone density.

Patients looking to receive dental implants much have a strong jawbone in order for implant placement to be a success. Since your jawbone serves as the foundation, if it is unable to support the implant and its custom restoration, the process will fail.

If you have good bone strength and good overall oral health, you can expect to be a candidate for dental implants.

What can cause dental implant failure?

As we mentioned before, a lack of bone strength is one of the few reasons dental implants can fail. Although highly unlikely, as implants have an extremely high success rate, there are times when instances occur causing dental implant failure. These include:

  • Weak Immune System ­– If your body’s immune system is weakened because of smoking, an autoimmune disorder, or another health issue such as diabetes, you’ll have a harder time healing, which means the process of osseointegration, the fusing of the implant to the bone, will be nearly impossible.
  • Improper Implant Placement – Your dentist in Skokie is highly trained at placing dental implants, so this should not be a concern. Unfortunately, some dentists do not possess the training or skills to properly perform the procedure, resulting in implant failure.

Will dental implants hurt?

Any surgical procedure will result in some level of discomfort after it is completed. There are a few things to remember though:

  1. Before starting the process, Dr. Schwartz will administer local anesthesia or sedation to make sure you are completely comfortable and at ease during the procedure. You will feel no pain at all.
  2. After the implants are put into place, make sure to take any prescribed medications or over-the-counter pain relievers as instructed.

Once your restoration is put into place, the results will far outweigh any discomfort you experienced after having your implants placed.

If I have dentures, can I switch to dental implants?

It’s normal for patients with traditional dentures to want to make the switch to dental implants. After experiencing multiple relining or adjustments over the years, they often want a more permanent solution. While it will be up to Dr. Schwartz as to whether you can receive dental implants, if you have enough bone density and good overall oral health, there should be no problem in making the switch.