Types of Dental Implants
1st Family Dental currently offers two types of dental implant services for our patients: Standard Implant, and Implant in a Day. If you are in the Chicagoland area, you can learn more about our dental implant services and locations at our website for Chicago Dental Implants https://implants.1stfamilydental.com.
Types of Dental Implants
Placement: The implant is placed surgically into the upper or lower jaw and a “healing cap” placed over the implant to protect it. In some cases, the dentist may need to graft bone to the implant site to help strengthen it for placement of a dental implant.
Healing: usually about 3 months of time to allow the implant to integrate with the patient’s bone structure. According to the Academy of Osseointegration: “Dental implants work by a process known as osseointegration, which occurs when bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface, essentially locking the implant into the jaw bone.”
Tooth Replacement: A custom crown, bridge or even full dentures can be made to fit with any existing teeth and over the implant(s).
A standard implant can be used to replace a single tooth, or two implants can be placed to create a bridge without impacting surrounding teeth. Dental implants are the closest possible replacement to an actual tooth. Many people with implants can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their implants, and neither can their friends and family!
Implant in a Day
Implant in a Day is similar to the standard implant, but includes the placement of a temporary crown over the implant on the same day the implant is placed. Crowns can take some time to create at a dental lab, so this allows for immediate tooth replacement, and the patient can return when the permanent crown is ready.
It is important to note that a consultation is required to determine if someone is a good candidate for any kind of dental implant. Bone structure within the jaw is one of the most important factors your dentist will examine. Additional services such as bone grafting may be available to help build up and strengthen the bone surrounding the implant. Bone loss can increase over time, and will increase at a higher rate in areas of the jaw that are missing teeth.
If you are interested in learning if dental implants are an option for you, it is best to act sooner rather than later. We encourage you to come in for a free, no-commitment consultation at any 1st Family Dental location.