Dental Implants in Lockport, IL

Dr. Healy can help complete your smile with dental implants

Dental implantsWhen it comes to getting a beautiful smile that will truly last a lifetime, nothing works better than dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. If you currently have dentures and would like to commit to a more permanent option with less fuss, dental implants could be for you.

Implants are also a great alternative to bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. Dental implants stand on their own in your gums, looking and feeling like your natural teeth.

What is the Process of Getting Dental Implants?

While dental implants provide a permanent solution, they do take some time to place. The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. Several stages are required to ensure you are a good fit for the procedure and that you are healing properly throughout the treatment.

The first part of the process is to place the implant itself into the jaw bone. This is done by a periodontal specialist that Dr. Healy has worked with on numerous cases. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed several sutures are added to assist with proper healing.

Implants are made from titanium, which is the only known material that will fuse and bind to human bone. This means that your implant becomes part of your jawbone, making it last a lifetime.

The next phase of the process is healing. Patients should be prepared to allow the implant to heal for about three to six months. During this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. While your mouth is healing, you can have temporary crowns installed  that allow you to eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

Patients enjoy seeing what the finished result may look like prior to having their permanent crown placed at the end of the procedure. We work hard to ensure you have a delightful experience while waiting to get your permanent crowns and we’ll walk you through the experience in more detail when you visit our Lockport, IL dental office for a consultation.

After healing has occurred, Dr. Healy will “restore” the implant by doing all the necessary dental work above the gumline. Several appointments over the course of a few weeks will be needed as Dr. Healy works with the best labs to construct the dental work that will provide a beautiful, natural looking smile.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

The benefits of dental implants are plentiful. The obvious benefit is that they are permanent. But it goes much deeper than that. Filling in a space where a tooth once was reduces the risk of infection, of teeth moving into that space, or of problems developing with your other teeth. If you are missing several teeth, you may be surprised to find that the shape of your mouth and face have changed over time. This may be due to bone loss or movement of your surrounding teeth.

Having a full set of teeth prevents that from happening and ensures that no issues may arise in those areas. Dental implants remove the need for dentures or partial dentures, as well as bridges or temporary crowns. They are easy to clean, look and feel like your real teeth, provide a complete smile, and allow you to feel confident in your teeth.

Dental Implants are Not For Everyone

While dental implants are a wonderful treatment option for many patients, not all dental patients will be able to undergo this type of treatment. Bone loss, infection, or other issues may have occurred over time that prevent Dr. Healy from recommending dental implants.

If you are not sure, or you have questions about whether or not you might be a good candidate for dental implants, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can examine your jaw bone to determine if you have enough bone mass to maintain and support such treatment.

Contact Dr. Healy to Discuss Dental Implants Today

Whether you have recently lost a tooth due to decay or have been missing a tooth for some time, or even if you want to swap out your dentures for something more permanent, consider dental implants. Dr. Healy and his team are ready to help you get the smile you want and provide you with insight and advice about the options for you. Call us at 815-836-0001 to schedule an appointment today. You can also make an appointment online.