Implants have become the gold standard to replace missing teeth for our patients at Absolute Dental. They provide a long term, stable, effective tooth replacement option, and can replace a single or multiple teeth without using healthy neighboring teeth for support or stability.
An implant consists of two parts, just like a natural tooth. The “root” of the implant consists of a titanium post, which is inserted in to the jawbone. A crown is then placed on top of the implant to complete the implant.
Implants can also be used to anchor dentures. Dentures tend to move and can be cumbersome when eating. Several strategically placed implants can stabilize the denture to allow for better chewing and speaking.
Implants vs. Bridges
Bridges replace single or multiple teeth, but they need to anchor to the teeth adjacent to the empty space. By placing a bridge, healthy tooth structure will need to be removed from the adjacent teeth to make room for the bridge. With an implant, we do not have to disturb any neighboring teeth.
Implants also provide a longer lasting solution over bridges. The average lifespan of a bridge is about ten years. Implants, if taken care of with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our Orland Park dental office for professional cleanings, can last a lifetime.
Implants from Absolute Dental
Our periodontal specialist, Dr. Logesh Sway, places dental implants here at Absolute Dental. He is board certified in periodontics, certified in IV sedation for our patients’ comfort, and has more than eight years of experience in implant placement. Dr. Sway and our Orland Park dental team work hard each and every day to give patients smiles they love. We genuinely care about our patients’ comfort and well-being, and have our patients’ best interests in mind.
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Following the loss of upper back teeth, it is not uncommon for the sinuses to enlarge. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before Dr. Sway can place dental implants into the grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of the mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where the wisdom teeth used to be. Dr. Sway commonly uses advanced techniques called “ridge split” and “tent technique” are commonly used by Dr. Sway. These latest techniques are less traumatic compared to harvesting the patient’s own bone.
- Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, there can often be bone loss around the infected tooth. In these cases, Dr. Sway uses various types of bone grafting done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
The average recovery time after surgical implant placement is only a few days. Strenuous activity and foods that are hard or extremely hot should be avoided. Our team will provide full information about post-surgical care prior to surgery.