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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

Model smile with implant bridge

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

Animation of mini implant supported crown

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.