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Implant Dentistry in Mundelein, IL

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Excellent Dentistry provides implant dentistry services for families in Mundelein, Illinois. To learn more, call 847-566-7850 or schedule an appointment directly online.

What is Implant Dentistry?

Implant dentistry refers to the placement of dental implants to replace missing or severely decayed, or damaged teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted in the jaw. It is made of titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses with the bone in your jaw to form a solid bond that can act as an anchor to support a crown. Multiple implants can be placed in the jaw to support a bridge or dentures.

Benefits of Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are considered to be the highest quality tooth replacement option due to the following benefits:

Natural function. Dental implants function as closely as possible to your natural teeth, providing comparable bite and chewing strength.

Natural appearance. Because dental implants are anchored in the jaw in the same way as your natural teeth, they look more realistic than other dental prosthetics.

Prevents bone loss. Dental implants prevent bone loss in the jaw that would otherwise occur in the absence of a tooth or with a dental bridge.

Restores your smile. Your smile can look natural again when you replace missing teeth with dental implants.

Won’t harm healthy teeth. There is no harm to your natural teeth with the placement of dental implants, as opposed to a bridge that requires permanent reduction of healthy tooth enamel on the support teeth. A bridge can eventually cause permanent damage to the support teeth as well from the force of chewing.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

To be a good candidate for dental implants, it helps to have teeth that have not been missing for long or that are ready to be extracted and replaced. Over time the support structures for missing teeth (alveolar and jaw bone) will be resorbed, or dissolved by the body. If this occurs, the jaw cannot support a dental implant.

However, there is still an option for patients with bone loss in the jaw. Bone grafting is a procedure used to replace missing bone tissue in the jaw and encourage regeneration. This can prepare the jaw for dental implants.

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Single Tooth Implant Restoration. Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium that are placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth in the mouth. After placement, the anchors will begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.

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Implant Supported Bridges. An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the bridge that provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.

 

What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?

Because of the natural look and feel and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.

A traditional bridge uses teeth on either side of the missing tooth space for support, and preparing teeth for crowns can weaken them. Because these teeth serve as attachments, they are subject to additional forces that can damage both healthy and compromised teeth or bone tissues.

A dental implant supported bridge replaces missing teeth by placing two or more dental implants rather than adjacent teeth. These implants avoid putting any additional stress on your natural teeth and help preserve the health and function of the surrounding bone tissue and teeth. 

Why Choose Excellent Dentistry?

At Excellent Dentistry we believe in providing the highest quality dental care at all times for every patient. Dental implants are the latest technology in tooth replacement, providing a high functioning, natural looking option for patients. Guided placement technology allows us to place dental implants with optimal precision and accuracy for the best chance of success. We also use the highest quality dental implants that are known to last.

We consider our patients to be family, greeting you with a warm welcome at each visit to our office. Our comfortable, relaxing atmosphere will help you feel at ease. With TVs in every treatment room, you can watch your favorite shows on Netflix or YouTube while you receive dental care.

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Instructions Following Implant Surgery

How to care for your oral health after implant surgery

Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentistry

How long do dental implants last?
Once a dental implant has fused with the bone of your jaw, it can last for the rest of your life. Dental implants are an investment in your lifelong dental health, providing a permanent replacement for missing teeth.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
Dental implant placement is typically done in phases over the course of a few months to a year. In some cases, however, implants can be placed at the same visit as the extraction. If you need bone grafting, that procedure will need to be done first. It can take a few months for regeneration of the bone tissue to occur. Once the bone is ready, the dental implant(s) can be placed. The fusion process takes place over the next few months, after which the prosthetic can be attached.
Are implant supported dentures better than traditional dentures?
Implant supported dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. They are anchored to the jaw so that they won’t slip out of place when you eat and talk. Traditional dentures attach to your gums with suction or adhesives, and are prone to slipping and chafing the gum tissue.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
In the past, dental implants were not covered by insurance, but now there are plans that provide coverage for implants. If you are planning to get dental implants, you may need to upgrade your dental insurance plan to one that includes coverage for implants. Contact your provider for more information about your options.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
With proper placement, dental implants have a 98% success rate. Other factors in the success of your implants are how well you follow your dentist’s instructions regarding follow up care and dental hygiene. Smoking and tobacco use after placement lowers the success rate for dental implants. Another factor is the quality of the implants. We use the highest quality dental implants for the greatest chance of success.

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Excellent Dentistry
1464 Townline Road
Mundelein, IL 60060