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Dental Implants

Dental Implants for Rockford, IL Patients

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, and they also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth—usually made of titanium—that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist. A periodontist is a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Signs You Need Dental Implants

When one or more teeth are missing, implants allow a dentist to replace those missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth. Patients who are bothered by the appearance of missing teeth may choose to have implants for cosmetic reasons, but a full set of teeth is also important for speech and eating. If you are getting dentures or a bridge, dental implants may be able to play a supporting role. Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues
  • Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable

What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and are placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.