If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll want replacements that are as natural as possible. Recent advances combined with long term research have led to highly successful results in permanent
tooth replacement with the dental implant. Poorly fitting and loose dentures and missing teeth can now be predictably replaced with implants.
Unlike dentures, which can be removed, implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself. When the implant anchor is inserted into the jaw, a strong mechanical bond is formed between the implant and the jawbone.
With implants, you get a perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as - or better than! - your original teeth. A comprehensive examination and x-rays can determine if this is the right option for you.
Dental Implants have been used successfully for many years. The implant itself is a post that is surgically placed in the jaw. A prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) is then attached to the post. Dental implants involve cooperation between an oral surgeon and a restorative dentist (Dr. Neuhaus). The surgical phase of treatment is completed at the surgeon's office, and the restorative phase is completed at Dr. Neuhaus' office.
After the implant has has a chance to attach to the bone tissue (usually 1-3 months), the temporary cap is removed from the implant and a post ("abutment") is securely attached to it.
The implant is now ready for a crown or a bridge. Dr Neuhaus then makes the tooth-like restoration to accurately fit over the post.
Why dental implants?
When was the last time you tasted a crisp autumn apple or enjoyed the sweetness of summer corn? If you avoid smiling or eating in public because your denture may slip or a space left by a missing tooth may show, dental implants may be an option for you.
Implant patients come from all age groups and backgrounds. Some can no longer wear removable dentures; others don't want to. Whatever your particular circumstances, dental implants can provide a sense of security and well being that can't be matched.
What advantages do implants have?
Stable dental implants and their replacement teeth can enhance the quality of life. Implants can help the patient who has lost teeth and desires a crown or bridge rather than an insecure removable replacement. For most patients, their appearance, comfort, speech and ability to chew and enjoy food are greatly improved.
Do these procedures cause any pain?
During the surgical procedures required for implant insertion, the anesthesia given during surgery blocks any pain or discomfort. Post-operatively, medication for pain or swelling, and to prevent infection, are usually prescribed to ease any discomfort.
Will insurance pay for implants?
Some dental procedures, implant surgeries, and portions of implant restorations are covered by dental and medical insurance policies.
Will people know that I have implants?
Not unless you tell them...but most patients love to tell everyone they know that they have dental implants!
Are there patients who should not have dental implants?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions or oral surgery can be considered for an implant procedure. Patients suffering from uncontrolled chronic diseases or systemic problems or behaviors and heavy smokers may not be good candidates for implants.
Will my implant teeth work as well as natural teeth?
While nothing works as well as a full set of healthy natural teeth, implants provide the next best thing. Generally, patients are not aware they even have implants after the short healing period. The implant replacement teeth look, feel and function in a manner that allows people to forget they have implants.
Will implants last a lifetime?
Few things last forever. Every case depends on the individual patient. Generally, the current overall dental health of the patient and the condition of the bone structure remaining in the jaws are important factors in determining long-term success rates. Of course, everyone needs regular visits to their dentist, and this is particularly important for implant patients.
How can I learn if dental implants are for me?
The only way to determine if you are a good candidate for the safe, natural function and security that dental implant treatment can provide is to talk to Dr. Neuhaus
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344 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
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