Cosmetic Dentist in Chicago, IL
Who places dental implants?
There are many trained and capable dentists who place dental implants. Generally, the surgical phase of treatment is performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist (specialist in oral soft tissues). The restorative portion of the implant process includes the modeling and placement of a crown. This is most often completed by a dentist who is trained in implant restoration.
As with any other doctor, not all dentists have the same education, training, or experience. When considering dental implants, you want to be certain that your restorative dentist has specifically trained in implant restoration. Implant restoration has its own complexities and considerations that are different from simple crown restorations. Your restorative dentist should design a personalized treatment plan based on your needs and goals and should be the leader in any collaboration with an oral surgeon or periodontist. This will ensure your implant placement is completed in a manner that fits with your expectations for your smile.
That is why our expert team of highly trained, experienced specialists is precisely what you want for your dental implants. Instead of referring you to an outside specialist for placement and sending a case file to explain what you need, our Chicago Restorative Dentist Dr. Ivan will ensure your needs are met in one convenient location.
When you choose Dr. Ivan for dental implants, he first uses his specialized training and expertise to design your perfect smile. Next, he works directly with our experienced implant periodontist to ensure your placement is correct, comfortable, and convenient. Finally, Dr. Ivan will place your custom restorations to give you the gorgeous, healthy smile of your dreams.
Who is a Candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The main determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
We have a two-step evaluation system in our office. Following initial evaluation, Dr. Ivan may consult with one of our specialists to devise your treatment plan. This personalized approach to treatment is crucial for optimal health and care. In addition, we can often provide this high level of care without incurring multiple consultation fees or sending you to outside locations for specialists. Instead, we provide quality care and convenience for one reasonable fee.
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, your health is a far more important factor than your age. In general, if you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re healthy enough to receive dental implants.
Certain chronic issues, such as uncontrolled diabetes, severe periodontal disease, alcoholism, and smoking may complicate or potentially reduce the success of treatment, but in most cases, implant treatment can still be performed. Our dentist will carefully evaluate your dental and general health history, then advise you if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
There are several advantages of choosing dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge. Some of these include:
- Implants protect your appearance – When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process by taking the place of the tooth root in your jawbone. A traditional denture or dental bridge will only replace the outer portion of the tooth and will be unable to prevent the bone loss.
- Implants preserve your natural teeth – With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally modified in order to be used as anchors for the dental bridge. These modifications can, over time, lead to additional degradation of the anchoring teeth. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify the remaining healthy adjacent teeth, allowing them to remain strong and healthy.
- Implants are a permanent solution – The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Implants are strong, stain-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing. When maintained using a healthy dental hygiene routine, implants can last a lifetime.
How will dental implants affect my life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth. You can eat, drink, and smile normally. Most importantly, dental implants often improve your quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried by missing or unhealthy teeth are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem. Some things in life are priceless; confidence is one of those things. Implant-supported dentures and crowns can give you confidence in the functionality of your teeth and the natural-looking beauty of your smile.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort, and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. When implant-supported teeth are done in the anterior, or smile zone, great skill and talent is needed in both surgical and restorative phases for optimal results. With our skillful, personalized care, we can obtain a strong, beautiful, natural-looking smile for almost any patient!
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth. You will be amazed at how strong and natural your teeth will feel following implant restoration.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques provide an efficient, “immediate-type” surgery and placement option that allows some dental implants to be placed in a single session. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided “keyhole” surgical technique is that it requires a minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue. This significantly reduces both the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.
The conventional process can take from three to six months to fully complete. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, you are given a temporary prosthesis that provides function and a more aesthetic appearance in the interim. Once fully healed, your permanent crown is placed and your restoration is complete.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved, and which teeth are being replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period. Our Chicago Implant Dentist will discuss your recommended options during your consultation.
Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort than placing several at once. Anesthesia and patient sedation are offered to reduce anxiety during the dental implant process and postoperative discomfort. Single tooth implants can generally be performed in less than 30 minutes.
Most of our patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor can prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask our dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gums and soft tissues. In most cases, any discomfort is treated with moderate strength analgesics, available over-the-counter. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.
Our Implant Dentistry Offerings include:
- Implant Dentistry
- Single Tooth Replacement
- Immediate Tooth Replacement
- Multiple Teeth Replacement
- Full Arch Replacement
- Sinus Elevation
- Ridge Augmentation
How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors. Some of these include:
- The number of teeth being replaced
- The number of dental implants required to support the replacement teeth
- Laboratory costs associated with creating the replacement teeth
- Any additional procedures that may be needed to allow implant placement, including bone grafting, sinus elevation, or ridge augmentation
Any cosmetic case, whether elective or not, may entail difficult procedures to obtain the desired results. The fees associated with any procedure are reflective of the time, materials, complexity, and other such factors that are required for its completion.
In our office, all our doctors have extensive advanced training in their areas of expertise, much more than the typical dentist. Our particular advantage is that we have all these specialists working together to ensure optimal results. This diversity of care is highly unusual, but can benefit you greatly. Thus, our fees are comparable to those of other dentists with similar levels of training and expertise. However, because we choose to control our costs and share space for your convenience, we can proudly say that our fees are very reasonable and very competitive for the high level of care we provide.
Contact us for a consultation.