Dental Implants FAQs in Orland Park, South Loop,
Oak Lawn, and Midway
The top implant oral surgeons in the Chicago area, our doctors are changing lives every day as we replace missing teeth with premium dental implants. Tooth implants are firmly anchored to your jaw which provide you with the freedom to eat all your favorite food without having to worry about slippage and other embarrassing situations.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant has become the golden standard for replacing missing teeth. A single implant is made up of a titanium screw that is inserted in your jaw, a crown, and a connector that attaches the crown to the screw. Implants give you the ability to talk, eat, and laugh freely.
How do dental implants work?
We place a screw in your jaw that serves the same purpose as the roots of your natural teeth. During several months of osseointegration, the implant integrates with the bone, creating stability and permanence. Once all healing has occurred, your restorative dentist places the final restoration.
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How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The duration of this process depends on the patient and the complexity of your case. Typically, implant placement can take up to 18 months. If your jaw requires bone grafting to bulk it up before implant placement, that will extend your treatment time.
Will I need to have bone grafting?
If you have been missing a tooth for more than a month, it is likely you will need some bone grafting. At your consultation, we will evaluate the surgical site, discuss with you your unique needs, and advise accordingly. Bone grafting is a safe and simple procedure that over half of implant patients require.
Will I miss work?
It’s not uncommon to take a day or two off for an implant.
Do dental implants hurt?
No! We keep the surgical site numb throughout implant surgery. If you experience any mild discomfort as you recover, it can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.
How long do implants last?
Our implants can last a lifetime if well cared for. Proper oral hygiene ensures implant health and longevity.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a safe and viable option for most patients. Even if you have been told that you have insufficient bone mass to support and implant tooth, bone grafting techniques to bulk up the bone are very successful. Schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll be able to give you a more accurate evaluation of your candidacy for dental implants.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Can last a lifetime
- Don’t slip or fall out
- Look and feel natural
- Protect the jawbone from deterioration
- Eliminate dietary restrictions
What if I want “metal-free” implants?
Excellent question. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Chicago, we specialize in metal-free implants. Despite the fact that our implants are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible material that fuses with your jawbone, we offer metal-free implants as well. Find out more about our Zirconia (ceramic steel) implants here.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a same-day procedure for those missing all their teeth. An alternative to traditional dentures, All-on-4 involves attaching a full arch prosthesis with four dental implants to the jaw in one surgery.
Can dentures be made into implants?
This depends on the dentures. We can occasionally convert existing dentures into implant dentures, but more often, we create a new prosthesis that can be fixed to implants.
How do I care for implants?
Caring for your implant teeth is the same as caring for your natural teeth: brush twice and floss once daily. Make sure to keep up with your regular cleanings and checkups with your general dentist.
What is the cost of dental implants in Orland Park, IL?
There’s a variety of factors that affect the cost of implant, including the number you’re having placed and your need for bone grafting. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll present you with all the costs upfront. And we make it our job to help you navigate our insurance benefits. We want to do all we can to make sure you get the care you deserve.