Though dentures have been the go-to solution for patients with missing teeth in the past, more and more dentists are recommending dental implants as the ideal alternative. It’s estimated that over 3 million Americans have them, and that number is increasing by leaps and bounds every year. Find out if dental implants by Dr. John Isbrandt at his St. Charles, IL office is the right choice for you.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implantation may sound complicated, but it’s actually a pretty straightforward procedure. It starts with a consultation to ensure that you have enough healthy bone tissue to support the implant. After that appointment, another is scheduled to place the device, which resembles a small metal screw. At this visit, the surgeon thoroughly cleanses, prepares and sedates the area first before inserting the device. There’s a waiting period for the gums to heal and for the implant to integrate into the bone, then at the final appointment an abutment and crown are attached to give you a natural looking replacement tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
While other solutions are available for missing teeth, there are a few key benefits of choosing dental implants:
- Long-term results (implants can last for 25 years or more).
- They look and feel very natural—indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
- No worries about the replacement tooth coming loose as with dentures.
- Implants help keep your mouth healthy (the device keeps bone tissue from degrading).
If your goal is to have a natural looking and functioning smile for a long period of time, implants from your St. Charles dentist are the ideal choice.
Are They Right for You?
The sooner you go to the dentist for implants the better the chance that you’ll be a viable candidate. That’s because the healthier the bone tissue in your mouth is, the more likely it will successfully accept the implant. An X-ray can give definitive results as to whether this procedure will be right for you. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can be done to give you more healthy tissue in advance of an implant.
Get the Final Word
Only your St. Charles, IL dentist can give you the final word as to whether dental implants will be a solution for your case. Call the office of Dr. Isbrandt at (630) 584-8787 today to schedule a convenient time for an appointment.