Different Implants

People may be missing teeth for many reasons. A single missing tooth can be a distraction from the whole of your lovely smile.

 Luckily, there is a permanent and aesthetically pleasing solution to this problem. 

Dental implants are ideal for either people who need to replace only a few teeth, as they don’t require any alterations be made to the surrounding teeth, or  whoever has lost all teeth and the whole jaw will be reconstructed on only 4-6 implants in each jaw (ALL ON 4 concept).

SINGLE TOOTH

SINGLE TOOTH

There is no better, long-lasting option to restoring a missing tooth than a dental implant fitted with a crown. Traditional replacement of a single tooth using a dental implant is often completed over multiple visits:
Consultation and planning, including initial exam, imaging of your teeth, questions about your dental and medical history, and discussion of your treatment options. 

 Placement of the dental implant, a substitute for the missing natural tooth root, either with or without a built-in abutment (a connector placed on, or built into, the top of the implant) that will attach to the replacement tooth. 

A temporary tooth can be placed while the dental implant integrates with your natural bone to form a strong foundation for your replacement tooth. Most people return to work the next day. Placement of the abutment, if one wasn’t placed during the prior visit. Placement of a custom-made crown, or replacement tooth.

MULTIPLE TEETH

Replacing multiple teeth using dental implants with individual crowns or with an implant-supported fixed bridge gives your teeth a level of fit, feel and functionality that is not possible with other treatment options.

 The process is often completed over multiple visits:
Consultation and planning, including initial exam, imaging of your teeth, questions about your dental and medical history, and discussion of your treatment options. 

Placement of the dental implants that will be used to support your replacement teeth.

Temporary teeth can be placed while the dental implant integrates with your natural bone to form a strong foundation for your replacement teeth. Most people return to work the next day, and any discomfort can typically be treated with commonly used pain medication. Placement of the abutments, or a small extension that will help connect your replacement teeth, on top of each implant, if needed. Placement of a fixed, implant-supported bridge, or custom-made replacement teeth (crowns).

All Teeth (Full Arch)

All Teeth (Full Arch)

Traditional replacement of a complete set of upper or lower teeth (arch) using a dental implant is completed over multiple visits.

Consultation and planning, including initial exam, imaging of your teeth, questions about  your dental and medical history, and discussion of your treatment options.

Placement of the dental implants that will be used to support your replacement teeth. Temporary teeth may be placed while the dental implant integrates with your natural bone to form a strong foundation for your replacement tooth.

 Most people return to work the next day, and any discomfort can typically be treated with commonly used pain medication.
Placement of the abutments, or connectors placed on, or built into, the top of the implant to help connect your replacement teeth, if needed.

 Additional connecting devices needed to attach multiple replacement teeth to the implants also may be placed at this time.
Placement of custom-made individual replacement teeth or, most often, an implant-supported fixed bridge or implant-supported overdenture.

All-on-4:

All-on-4 is an alternative approach to place a full arch (top or bottom set) of fixed, replacement teeth. Four dental implants are used to stabilize the replacement teeth. 

The All-on-4 concept involves placing implants in available bone, thereby avoiding the need for bone grafting.  Special abutments allow a temporary set of replacement teeth to be placed the same day and used with a modified diet while gum tissues heal and the implants integrate with natural bone. 

After about six months, the final bridge is then placed and the patient is able to resume a normal diet.  The all-on-four approach involves multiple appointments, typically including one or two consultation and planning visits, one to place the dental implants and temporary teeth, check-ups during the six month healing period, and another appointment to place the final bridge.

DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQ’S

A dental implant is a simple and straightforward solution to a missing tooth. In short, a dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is fitted to the gap left by a missing tooth. Dentists select implants that are constructed from high-grade materials such as titanium. The implant must be constructed of high quality materials in order to withstand the stresses placed on it by chewing.

The entire dental restoration process is performed in stages over a period of several months. The first step is to evaluate if the existing structures can support the implantation of a prosthetic device. Next, your dentist will install the implant on the bone. During this procedure, a small incision will be made in the gum to allow the insertion of the implant. After the implant is installed, the gum will be sutured back together.
After the implant has healed and formed a tight bond with the bone, crowns may be installed. This is to afford the patient the ability to eat and speak normally during dental restoration. There is also the added benefit of having an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Following the healing process, your local dentist will make a prosthetic tooth called an abutment. This abutment will then be installed into your mouth to restore your smile. After the abutment is installed, no further work is required. This implant is permanent and will function just like your natural teeth.
If you need a dental implant or would simply like to learn more of the procedure, visit our helpful office in Lake Forest.

Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.

Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and they procedure is very successful and fairly inexpensive.

Your dentist may be able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will recommend you to an implantologist (implant specialist), or another specialist that will perform the procedure.

The price of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, number of implants you are having placed, the brand and the services that the company will provide, amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.

No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options with your dentist.

When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.