Precision Oral Surgery and Implants
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a crown and a root. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food) and both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the crown and the root. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant followed by a crown placed by your dentist.
If you are considering Dental Implants you can contact one of our 4 offices in the north Chicago Suburban area for a consultation. We have offices in Skokie, Park Ridge, Highland Park, and Buffalo Grove to serve you.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement crown is placed on top of the abutment by your dentist. In many cases, a temporary replacement crown can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Isaacson, Cherny, Dumanis and Patel are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of twelve weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Isaacson, Cherny, Dumanis and Patel perform the initial tooth extraction followed by the actual implant surgery and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.