Comprehensive Smile Restoration in Arlington Heights
If you are experiencing discomfort or pain from tooth loss, dental implants could be your best solution. Dr. Gary Relias works with our trusted oral surgeon to offer comprehensive treatment with dental implant placement and restoration. This allows us to help renew your smile’s function, health, and beauty in the most convenient way possible. We make sure to tailor your care in a way that keeps your oral health needs and long-term comfort in mind.
Our team proudly serves individuals looking to restore their smile in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Mt. Prospect. Contact Arlington Comfort Dental to schedule your dental implant consultation today!
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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are posts that serve as artificial roots for missing teeth. Implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can become a permanent part of your jawbone. This is because they are made up of body-safe titanium that fuses with living bone and tissue in a process called osseointegration.
Dental implants are made up of three different parts; the implant post, the abutment, and the restoration. The implant post acts as your new tooth root. The abutment is a tiny piece that connects your post to your restoration. Your restoration can include a porcelain crown, bridge, or denture appliance. When attached to your dental implant(s), your restoration is designed to look, feel, and function exactly like natural teeth.
How Do They Work?
Teeth that are lost, also have missing roots. The longer they are not replaced, the more it can impact your oral and overall health. For example, your jawbone needs constant stimulation from daily chewing to stay strong and healthy. Without it, the bone in your jaw begins to shrink. This can affect everything from neighboring teeth to speaking, chewing, digestion, and facial feature preservation.
Because a dental implant replaces a tooth from root to crown, it helps preserve your smile and overall health in many ways. Filling in a gap from a missing tooth keeps surrounding teeth in place. Restoring the root provides stimulation to your jawbone once more, which also preserves facial features. Renewing biting and chewing abilities helps promote proper nutrition and digestion. For these reasons and many others, dental implants can improve your overall quality of life.
What Dental Implant Treatments Do You Offer?
No matter how many teeth you are missing, we can provide you with a permanent replacement option. Our available implant treatments include:
- Crowns that replace one missing tooth using a single dental implant
- Bridges made to restore several lost teeth using two or more implants
- Partial Dentures can replace multiple missing teeth with two or more implants
- Complete Dentures designed to restore an entire arch of missing teeth with four or more implants
- All-On-4® system that uses four dental implants to replace an entire set of lost teeth
Available Treatment Options Before Your Implant Placement
If teeth have been missing in your smile for a long time, it could lead to a loss of bone in your jaw. If you have lost bone, or have a weakened bone due to gum disease, a bone graft may be necessary before implant placement. You may also need treatment before implant placement to rid your gums of infection. Other times, you may not have enough room in your upper jaw to hold your implant(s) without help. For these reasons, our Arlington Heights dentist provides the following:
Gum Disease Treatment: Advanced gum disease can cause tooth loss and damage your smile and gums. If you need dental implant treatment but have active gum disease, our dentist can perform periodontal scaling and root planing to remove plaque and bacteria. This also helps promote proper gum reattachment and healing.
Sinus Lift: Our oral surgeon creates more space between your sinuses and upper jaw by applying bone material from your hip or another source. If there is bone loss, the sinus area will need to be moved up to make room for a bone graft.
Bone Graft: The purpose of a bone graft is to add bone mass to your jawbone. Like a sinus lift, bone material is needed to build up your jawbone’s volume to hold dental implants properly. Our skilled oral surgeon also performs this procedure.
The Placement Procedure
First, your implant(s) are placed in the jawbone. For the first three to six months after surgery, the living tissue and bone bond with your implant post. If you are getting a crown or bridge, your customized restoration will be made during this time.
For those receiving dentures, Dr. Relias can place your restoration using the All-on-4 method. The entire implant process can take six months to a year. It is normal to experience some discomfort and minimal disruption of your daily life after surgery.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Adults who are in good oral and overall health can usually receive dental implants. Even those who have bone loss can have treatment with a bone graft. However, we do not recommend treatment for long-time smokers or those with certain autoimmune conditions. Dental implants are also not recommended for children or teens whose dental structure is still developing.
Do My New Implants Need Special Care?
Once your teeth are replaced with dental implants, you can treat them as you would your natural healthy teeth! Good, consistent oral hygiene paired with professional cleanings and exams every six months are all that is needed to care for your new smile. Implants can last many decades or a lifetime with proper care.
Get A Brand-New Smile Today!
If you have missing teeth, start on the path towards a new, restored smile today by scheduling your consultation at Arlington Comfort Dental. Dr. Gary Relias and his skilled team are excited to help you enjoy beautiful, functional teeth that last. Contact our Cook County dental office to get started!
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