Dental Implants in Elgin, IL
If you have recently lost one or more teeth and are looking for a reliable, long term solution, then dental implants are a great choice.
Not replacing a missing tooth can have serious physical and mental consequences. A missing tooth can change the way you look, smile, eat, and even change the way you talk. Most importantly, it can have a big impact on your confidence.
While many people avoid the thought of tooth replacement, especially dental implants, you might be surprised to learn that the replacement process is not as difficult as you might think. In fact, if a missing tooth is impacting your personal, professional, and social life, then an implant could be one of the best investments to make in yourself.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that are inserted when the roots of your tooth used to be. Over a few weeks, the post will osseointegrate with your jaw bone, creating a solid foundation for your tooth. The post is then covered by a crown or denture. Together, the dental implant with the crown or denture will look, feel, and act like a real tooth.
1st Family Dental of Elgin offers a variety of implant options to restore your smile, and your confidence, in no time.
Implant in a Day
Depending on how fast the implant heals, the complete process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, from start to finish. At our Elgin, Illinois office, we are excited to be able to offer an “Implant in a Day” service that’s similar to the traditional procedure, but includes the placement of a temporary crown over the implant so you can leave the office feeling like your tooth is back to normal.
Once your permanent crown is finished being made at the lab, we’ll schedule a follow up appointment to swap out the temporary crown for the permanent one. Your mouth should already be used to the feeling of a crown, making for a smooth transition.
Sometimes as the mouth settles down, the bite will shift and require further shaping of the crown. Once the permanent crown is in place, our doors are always open if you need to come back in for an adjustment.
For patients who are missing most or all of their teeth, our team may recommend dentures instead of crowns or bridges as a replacement solution. Implant overdentures is the latest in dental technology to improve chewing, talking, and other functions for denture wearers.
Overdentures are similar to full dentures except they actually attach to the implant posts which makes them stronger and more stable. As someone with regular dentures will tell you, they are known to move occasionally. With overdentures, the dentures are securely held in place by the implants.
A big benefit of implant overdentures is that it will help retain the shape and structure of your jaw bone. The loss of jaw integrity is a common problem among regular denture wearers, but not with overdentures since the implant connects to the jaw, acting like real teeth roots.
All On 6 Dental Implants
Many people ask about the “All On 4” implant procedure. At 1st Family Dental, we recommend the “All On 6” approach which combines implants and overdentures, or fixed bridge, for an affordable, long term solution to missing teeth.
All On 6 is a technique where the dentist will install six dental implants in the strongest parts of your mouth and then attach the overdentures to those six implants. If you were using traditional implants to replace an entire set of teeth, it would typically require about 12 implants, bone grafting for the jaw, and about 6-9 months for the mouth to heal before overdentures could be installed. With All On 6, the implants are placed and temporary dentures are installed in one visit, and permanent dentures are ready within a few weeks.
While many dental offices perform All on 4, our specialists recommend and perform the All on 6 approach because it’s a better long term solution for the health of your mouth and jaw, and also creates more stability for the overdentures.
If you are missing one or many teeth and want to learn more about your tooth replacement options with dental implants, contact us today. The first step is a 100% free consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.