Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial roots of your teeth. They are covered with a custom-made crown to mimic real, natural teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. After a period of healing (osseointegration), these metal posts are ready for restoration by your general dentist. Dental implants are the most superior replacements for missing teeth and will feel, look, and function naturally. One of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry, the success rate for dental implants is in the high 90 percentile.
For most patients, Dr. Patel will extract and place your dental implants into your jawbone under local anesthesia.
Very often a healing cap is placed over the surface of the implant, which will prevent a second surgical step from being performed. Occasionally with single-rooted teeth, Dr. Patel will extract and place the surgical implant at the same time. This has the added benefit of reducing the time frame before restorations can be performed.
The usual healing period is three to six months following surgery. In the rare event an implant fails to heal the jawbone, Dr. Patel will replace the implant at no cost to the patient and will re-attempt placement of the implant two to three months after a period of healing.
There is minimal discomfort associated with the dental implants procedure. Dr. Patel will prescribe antiseptic mouth rinses, antibiotics and pain meds for a successful and comfortable recovery. A consultation appointment is always preferred for all patients wishing to consider dental implant surgery so the advantages and expectations of surgery can be fully explained to the patient before the procedure.
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants Dr. Patel may recommend other procedures or ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting.
For more information on Dental Implants, visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Kam Patel, DMD is a highly experienced oral maxillofacial surgeon and has provided expert care in Chicago since 2002. Unlike other practices, Lakeview OMS works with the majority of dental insurances to provide patients with affordable dental implants. Dr. Patel has performed countless successful dental implants procedures in Lakeview and downtown Chicago.
For questions, to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about procedures and our other services, contact OMS today.