Are you ready to find out whether dental implants are right for you?
While it was an exciting moment to lose a tooth as a child, we know that it’s anything but exciting when you lose a tooth as an adult. We all think this problem will never happen to us, but unfortunately for millions of American adults, it does. Luckily, our St. Charles, IL, dentist Dr. John Isbrandt is here to restore your smile with the next best thing to a real tooth: a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw or post that takes the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The roots of a tooth are important because they provide the jawbone with the ample stimulation it needs. Without the presence of all tooth roots, the jawbone would deteriorate. This is why it’s so important to replace the tooth roots with an implant once a tooth falls out.
How does an implant work?
First, our St. Charles, IL, general dentist will need to examine your mouth and run X-rays to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for implants. Once we’ve determined that implants are right for you we will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. This procedure is minor and is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia (you’ll be able to go home right after the procedure).
Once the implant is placed in the jawbone we will give your mouth a few months to fully heal. During your recovery process, the jawbone and implant will fuse together.
Now that the implant and jawbone are one, the next step is to attach an abutment on top of the implant. In some cases, the abutment is already part of the implant so we won’t even have to attach it. The purpose of an abutment is to connect the implant with the artificial tooth.
The last step is to cement the tailor-made dental crown over the abutment to complete the restoration. Depending on which tooth and how many teeth you need to replace, the entire implant process can take several months or up to one year; however, that implant could end up lasting you the rest of your life.
Do you have questions about getting dental implants in St. Charles, IL? Do you think implants are the treatment option you’ve been looking for to finally say goodbye to tooth loss? If so, then call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Isbrandt today!