Why You Should Keep Your Smile
Living with missing teeth can affect your confidence and your oral health. Without the stimulation created by chewing forces, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate within a few weeks. This can lead to the dreaded sunken in appearance. It can also cause your other teeth to shift into the empty space and cause alignment issues.
Eat, Speak & Laugh with Dental Implants
While dentures are fine for some people, others have continued difficulty chewing and speaking. Patients complain that they experience slippage, they can’t get the right fit, and they tend to irritate your gums.
Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Not only are they reliable and comfortable, but they can last a lifetime. Unlike other restorations, dental implants stimulate jawbone growth to improve density, rather than deteriorating it. They allow you to eat your favorite foods without holding back and they require the same maintenance as your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Create a Lasting Bond Through Osseointegration
Dental implants are affixed to your jawbone for a stable, natural feel. Through a process called osseointegration, your jawbone will fuse to your titanium dental implant fixture. This is what gives dental implants a stable and durable foundation. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing moments with dental implants, and they look just as good as they feel.
The Process of Restoring Your Smile with Dental Implants
The process of placing dental implants typically takes six months and can be completed within the following few steps:
- Initial consultation with Dr. Hausten to determine your eligibility
- Initial surgery to affix the dental implant to your jawbone
- Healing and osseointegration takes three to six months
- During your second surgery, your abutment and restoration are attached
After your healing is complete, you’ll care for your dental implants just like your natural teeth. There isn’t any additional maintenance or glues. Just a new tooth that blends in seamlessly with your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants are a permanent and comfortable solution for our patients who are missing one or more teeth. To determine whether dental implants are right for you, Dr. Hausten will evaluate a number of factors. The ideal candidate for dental implants has the following:
- Enough bone in the jaw to support an implant
- Good overall health
- Free of gum disease
Dr. Hausten can provide gum disease treatment, or she may recommend a bone graft procedure to ensure you’re prepared for the dental implant procedure. If Dr. Hausten determines that implants aren’t the best solution for you, don’t worry—we’ll work together to find the most effective method to restore your smile.
Prior to the procedure, your teeth and gums will be numbed so you won’t feel a thing. The only time you may feel soreness is after the procedure is complete and the anesthesia has worn off. Any discomfort can be managed by applying a cold compress and taking pain relievers such as Ibuprofen.
Dental implants are suitable for people of all ages. They’re the preferred method for tooth replacement because they can last a lifetime. Unlike other restoration procedures, dental implants actually increase your bone density, thereby preventing deterioration. You won’t have slippage or difficulty speaking like with traditional dentures and you’ll quickly become accustomed to their natural look and feel.
Insurance may cover a portion of the procedure. However, dental implants are classified as a cosmetic procedure and typically aren’t completely covered by insurance. We recommend contacting your provider prior to your appointment to get a better understanding of your coverage.
For your convenience, we offer flexible financing options so you can get the care you need right away. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (630) 653-3440.
Reliability You Can Trust With Dental Implants
Complete your smile with a restoration you can count on. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hausten by calling (630) 653-3440. With dental implants, you can have unmatched stability and durability for a lifetime of healthy smiles.