Questions about Dental Implants

Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

If you are considering dental implants, you probably have questions about the procedure and what to expect. Drs. Douglas Campbell and David Schmidt, implant dentists in Lake Forest, are providing answers to commonly asked questions regarding this procedure.
questions about dental implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that includes a titanium post, which substitutes a missing tooth root, a specially designed dental crown, and an abutment to conjoin the two. The titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw bone, and all you will see, once complete, is the natural-looking crown that is permanently attached to the top of the implant.

How much do implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies, depending on various factors, such as whether the patient chooses sedation dentistry or requires additional surgery (like a bone graft). However, generally, the cost of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is about the same as a dental bridge. In some instances, dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost of an implant. However, Lake Forest Smiles offers payment options that include interest-free and in-house financing. Please contact our office to learn more.

Can any dentist place implants?

Not every dentist is qualified to place dental implants. It is essential that you choose an experienced and knowledgable implant dentist in Lake Forest, such as Drs. Campbell and Schmidt, to have your implant placed. Our doctors have received training at LVI Global, and The Dawson Academy, and have more than 30 years of experience.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

The length of treatment will depend on your medical and dental history and oral health needs. In general, once the implant is placed, the jawbone needs to heal and fuse to the implant, which takes about six months. After that, the final restoration (dental crown) can be placed. However, at Lake Forest Smiles, we also offer the All on 4 implant system. All on 4 utilizes shorter implants placed in the frontal jawbone, which does not require the lengthy healing period of traditional implants.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are known to be safe for most individuals. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks. Choose a knowledgeable implant dentist in Lake Forest to minimize potential complications. Your health history and lifestyle, such as smoking, may increase certain risk factors of getting dental implants.

Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

The procedure itself is not painful since your mouth is made numb before the surgery begins. Afterward, some patients may experience gum tenderness, although this minor discomfort should subside within a few days. Sedation dentistry is available at Lake Forest Smiles if you feel apprehensive about your upcoming dental implant placement.

Can I get implants if I have dentures or a partial?

Dental implants can be used in conjunction with dentures or partial dentures. Special overdentures can be made that snap into place, held securely by the implants. These options allow the patient to remove their replacement teeth at night or to conduct oral hygiene. Another option is known as fixed dentures in which the replacement teeth are permanently secured to the dental implants, known as All on 4.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you have missing teeth, are in overall good health, and have enough jawbone to secure an implant, you may be a candidate. However, the best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with Lake Forest Smiles. Your complete health and oral health history will be reviewed, as some medical conditions may interfere with the implant’s success.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to last for the long haul. The success rate of dental implants is 90-95%, but it does require that you take good care of your teeth, brush and floss your implant regularly, and see the dentist for six-month checkups and cleanings. With proper care, your implant could last the rest of your life!

How do I care for my dental implant?

Brush and floss as usual, and take special care to clean around the gum line surrounding your implant, as well as your other teeth. Some patients find that using a water flosser to clean around their implant easily removes trapped food particles. However, traditional string floss works just as effectively.

Get Dental Implants in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

If you are ready to learn more about dental implants, or find out if you are a candidate, schedule a consultation with Lake Forest Smiles by calling (847) 234-4800. Drs. Campbell and Schmidt have provided elite dental care to the areas of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire for more than 30 years. We welcome you to our practice.

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