Dental implants are a favorite tooth replacement solution because they are a true replacement, root and all. With dental implants, patients can regain the joy of eating, smiling, and speaking again with complete confidence, with teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or full denture can be attached. Once the implant integrates to your bone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then the artificial tooth/teeth are attached. Therefore, there are 3 parts to an “implant tooth”: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the artificial tooth.

How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?

Because each patient is different, once you have had your consultation with your oral surgeon including all the necessary diagnostics, you will receive a treatment plan that will include the estimated amount of time to complete the dental implant process. Your specific needs, condition, medical and dental history, and the health of the supporting bone in your jaw will all be factors. The process can range from just a few months to more than a year for more complex conditions.

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How much do dental implants cost in Arlington Heights?

In general, the cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is almost the same as replacing it with a regular fixed bridge. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but situations vary. The cost will vary by patient needs, bone quantity, and region. a prosthodontist will make an assessment based on your unique needs.

Who is qualified to place implants?

General dentists diagnose and maintain the overall oral health of patients. They may have knowledge in specialty areas like implants. Well-qualified implant experts can be found on the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) website. AAID professionals have earned a prestigious American Academy of Implant Dentistry credential, a stringent requirement that must be earned through education, training, examination and the demonstration of competency in implant dentistry.

Will the procedure hurt?

Most patients tell us the procedure itself is not particularly painful. The majority have dental implant procedures with local anesthesia and are kept comfortable throughout the duration. Some patients find having to “open wide” for the length of the procedure tedious, but this is very short-lived discomfort. Patients who closely adhere to post-op instructions for home care find that recovery from dental implant surgery is quick and minimally disruptive.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are candidates for dental implants. Talk to your prosthodontist for your specific needs.

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How long do dental implants last?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

How can i make payments?

For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. We also accept Care Credit which allows you to choose a payment plan that meets your needs without any hidden charges or fees. They offer several no-interest short-term as well as low-interest long-term payment options. It only takes you a moment to apply over the phone or online, and our office will handle the payment processing for you. Please contact our office for more information.

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