Let our experts answer all of your burning questions about dental implants.
Are you interested in getting dental implants? There is truly no better alternative to natural teeth than implants. Of course, you may not be sure this is the right treatment for you. This is why our St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. John Isbrandt, has answered some popular questions about dental implants to put your mind at ease and help make your decision easier.
Q. What are dental implants?
A. Implants are metal posts that are able to replace your missing tooth roots. They even function just like tooth roots by fusing together naturally with the bone and tissue. Once implants are in place, they will stay there permanently. From there, an abutment is placed over top of the implant. This structure’s sole purpose is to connect the implant with the dental crown that will be placed at the very end of your treatment.
Q. How are dental implants placed?
A. In order to get implants, you will have to undergo minor surgery. Not to worry, this procedure is performed right here in our office. During the procedure, we will place the implant under the gumline.
Q. How long does treatment take?
A. This will really depend on several factors including how healthy you are, how many implants we are placing and how well you care for your smile during the course of your treatment. It will take a couple of months for the bone and tissue to fuse together with the implant. The entire treatment could take anywhere from six months to one year or more to complete.
Q. Who is a good candidate for implants?
A. Anyone who maintains good oral and general health will most likely benefit from getting implants. Ideal candidates should also be non-smokers and not planning on becoming pregnant during the course of their treatment.
If you want to find out if you are a candidate for implants, then call our St. Charles, IL, dental office today to learn more. We are happy to sit down with you for a personal consultation to decide if dental implants are the best option.