Dental Implants – Chicago, IL
A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are widely considered to be the “gold standard” when it comes to tooth replacement because they bring back both the visible crown and hidden root unlike every other prosthetic. At University Dental Professionals, we pride ourselves on being able to offer truly world-class implant care thanks to our in-house prosthodontist, Dr. Chou, and periodontist, Dr. Yousuf. Together, they are able to handle every part of the process to replace missing teeth with dental implants in our Chicago, IL dental office so that you can recover your smile quickly and enjoy strong and beautiful results for decades to come. Give us a call today to get started!
Why Choose University Dental Professionals for Dental Implants?
- Entire Dental Implant Procedure Completed Under One Roof
- Fair & Affordable Fees That Suit Any Budget
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology for Safe, Comfortable Treatment
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is actually not a replacement tooth on its own, but rather a prosthetic tooth root. It’s a small titanium post that is positioned inside the jawbone to mimic the foundation of a natural tooth. Dental implants bond to the jawbone just like real teeth thanks to a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, they can be attached to custom-made crowns, bridges, or dentures via a metal abutment.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
Reconstructing your smile with dental implants is a whole lot different than doing so with traditional dentures or dental bridges. In fact, it requires multiple appointments over the course of at least a few months. However, every step of the treatment will happen in our Chicago dental office under the supervision and guidance of dental implant experts who have tailored their approach to your unique needs. No two dental implant patients have the exact same treatment process, but the four basic steps you’ll go through are the initial consultation, the dental implant placement surgery, osseointegration, and the delivery of your implant restorations.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
If you’re interested in rebuilding your smile with dental implants, your first step is to come visit us for a consultation. One of our in-office specialists will meet with you and take the time to understand your goals for you smile. Then, they’ll check to make sure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants with an examination and digital X-rays. Issues like cavities, gum disease, and inadequate jawbone density can threaten the success of dental implants, so they’ll need to be treated first if discovered. Then, once you’ve been cleared as a good candidate, they’ll walk you through every step of your dental implant treatment, including length and cost estimates, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Dental Implant Surgery
The next step is your dental implant placement surgery, which is performed right here in our Chicago office. While other practices need to refer their patients to an unfamiliar specialist for this step, our highly trained and experienced specialists are experts in every step of the dental implant process. This start-to-finish convenience means that you’ll save time and money while working with a dental team you already know and trust.
We’ll use reliable numbing products to ensure you are completely comfortable before we begin the procedure. Then, we’ll make one incision in the gums for every dental implant you’ll be receiving to access the jawbone. The dental implant(s) will be inserted into their pre-planned areas in the jaw and then the gums will be closed again. We’ll make sure you have all the post-op aftercare instructions you need before sending you home to heal.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement
It will only take a few days for you to get back to all your everyday activities after your dental implant surgery. However, your jawbone will need much more time to heal. Over the next four to six months, a process called osseointegration will occur, where the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. While this step does take quite some time, it’s this unique process that gives your new smile the potential to last a lifetime. Once you’ve healed enough, you’ll return to our office to have the top of your dental implant exposed and a small connector piece called an abutment attached.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Lastly, it will be time to top your dental implant(s) with your beautiful, custom-made restoration. Depending on how many teeth you are missing and how many dental implants you received, this restoration could be a crown, bridge, or denture. We’ll check to make sure your bite feels comfortable and review the basics of caring for your dental implant, and then you’ll be ready to walk out of our office and enjoy your brand-new smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option available today that replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth or teeth. Traditional dentures and dental bridges only restore the visible crowns of teeth, leaving the roots missing and the replacement teeth less stable, functional, and comfortable as a result. Dental implants are designed to restore missing teeth from the roots up, making them virtually indistinguishable from real teeth in every way! Read on as we go over just a few of the most popular ways our patients says that dental implants have improved their lives.
Dental implants are so much like natural teeth that you probably won’t even notice they’re there in your day-to-day life. You can continue to enjoy life to its fullest without missing teeth or an ill-fitting restoration holding you back! Dental implants provide daily benefits like:
- Restored biting force of 80% or more, which is far more than dentures or dental bridges. You’ll be able to confidently eat steak, apples, nuts, and anything else on your plate!
- Care-free maintenance, since dental implants can be cared for just like natural teeth.
- Absolute confidence in your new smile, because you’ll never have to worry about your dental implants coming loose, clicking, or popping out of place at embarrassing times.
This state-of-the-art tooth loss solution also offers a bevy of benefits that you may not notice right away, but have a significant impact on your oral and overall health nonetheless. This includes things like:
- Prevention of jawbone deterioration, which often follows tooth loss. Since dental implants act as roots, they stimulate circulation in the jawbone to keep it strong and healthy.
- A healthier choice for remaining teeth, since dental implants don’t require altering of healthy teeth or rely on existing tooth structure or gums for support, like traditional bridges and dentures.
- Improved oral health, including a lower risk of cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and further tooth loss.
- Improved overall health, because studies show that good oral health has a positive influence on your overall health and lowers your risk of systemic conditions.
Dental implants are no doubt a long-term investment in your quality of life. They offer many benefits that you can expect to enjoy for decades to come, like:
- Reliably successful, boasting an impressive success rate of over 95% even 10 years after placement.
- Permanent solution for missing teeth, since dental implants can easily last a lifetime with the right care.
- Saves thousands of dollars in the long run, in many ways. With dental implants, you won’t need to buy extra adhesives or cleaning supplies, nor will you need to pay for a replacement every several years like dentures and bridges. Combined with their potential to lower your overall healthcare and oral healthcare costs, dental implants could easily save you thousands of dollars over the years.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
One of the best things about dental implants is their versatility. Our team can use them to help patients missing any number of teeth. After an exam, we can help you decide which of the following procedures would suit your needs:
Missing One Tooth
A custom-made dental crown is attached to a dental implant that is placed between two healthy teeth. This approach is less invasive compared to getting a bridge because the nearby teeth don’t have to be reshaped to make room for the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Multiple implant crowns can be placed throughout the mouth, but for consecutive missing teeth, just two implants can be used to support a bridge. This approach helps preserve the remaining teeth and also gives this prosthetic a stability that can’t be replicated by a traditional, removable one.
Missing All Teeth
All it takes is just four to six implants to bring back an entire row of teeth. These can be used to attach a full denture to the jawbone, resulting in a prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions just like natural teeth. With implant dentures, a patient can eat whatever they like because it restores almost all of their bite strength.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
Your dental implants are designed to stand the test of time. They could be with you for the rest of your life! However, they can only reach that potential if they receive proper dental implant care in Chicago. With a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk that infection or damage with jeopardize their long-term success. Below, you’ll find practical guidelines for protecting your new smile for the long haul.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Good oral hygiene reduces bacteria in the mouth and lowers your risk of developing a dangerous infection. To maintain a clean mouth, you should:
- Keep up with brushing and flossing. You should brush thoroughly at least twice a day, and flossing should be done once a day.
- Drink plenty of water. This helps to rinse away bacteria and food particles.
- Follow oral hygiene practices that are specific to your restoration. For example, you may have to remove an implant denture each day for proper cleaning.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Dental implants are able to handle virtually any food, but you should still put some reasonable limits on what you eat. Overindulging in sugary, hard, sticky, or acidic foods could damage your oral tissues. You might even damage your implant restorations or develop an infection. Instead, try to eat a diet that is rich in nutrients that support oral health, such as calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C.
Break Bad Habits
Some bad habits that can adversely affect dental implants in Chicago include:
- Smoking harms the immune system, promotes dry mouth, and increases the risk of oral infections. It is one of the biggest risk factors for dental implant failure.
- Using teeth as a tool. Using your dental implants to open packages or trim your fingernails could easily damage your restorations.
- Chewing on hard objects. Chewing on ice, pen caps, or other hard items may break your restorations.
Protect Your Dental Implants
If you play sports, it is important that you wear a mouthguard. Your mouthguard will reduce the risk of harm to both your oral tissues and your dental implants. While over the counter products provide a degree of effectiveness, custom mouthguards from a dentist are more comfortable and offer a higher level of protection.
Similarly, if you tend to grind your teeth at night, it is important that you wear a nightguard to prevent your upper and lower teeth from damaging one another.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
You should visit your implant dentist in Chicago at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. During these appointments, we will thoroughly inspect your implants and answer any questions you may have about how to care for them. If we see any early signs of problems, we may be able to address them before they become serious and require extensive treatment. We may also remove your restorations and thoroughly clean your implant abutments.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant treatment we provide is 100% custom-designed for each patient, and because of this, the cost is always different from person to person. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss all the factors that can influence the final price, including how many implants you need, where they will be located, and which kind of restoration they will support. We’ll also go over how we can make your treatment easily affordable using your insurance and financing.