Carl E. Henley, DDS, FAGD

Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Naperville and Aurora, Illinois

Dental implants are one of the newest ways to replace any missing teeth, providing a fixed alternative to complete or partial dentures that can be removed. These implants offer better stability and support than may other replacement options.

Dental implants consist of titanium roots surgically installed into the jaw bone and covered with a crown. This procedure is typically performed by a dentist or periodontist, who specializes in the care of the gums and surrounding bone structure. Once these implants are installed, they will look just like your natural teeth and restore your smile to its prior state.

These implants are durable, strong and stable, lasting many years. However, there may be situations where they need to be tightened or even replaced as a result of normal wear and tear.

Why People Get Dental Implants

There are a number of reasons individuals choose dental implants over the other tooth replacement options. This include:

       Solving joint pain and bite problems that occur due to teeth shifts

       Improving speaking, chewing and digestion

       Supporting a bridge or denture for security and comfort

       Restoring a confident smile

       Replacing missing teeth without impacting surrounding teeth

       Enhancing facial tissues

Getting Dental Implants

Implants often require a several dental visits over the course of several months.

The first step is making impressions and taking x-rays of your entire jaw and teeth to evaluate the gum tissue, bone structure and available spacing to place the implant. While your mouth is still numb, we will surgically place the implant root into the bone. This root will take up to six months to heal and integrate fully into the bone. Some implant types may require you to undergo a second surgery to position a post to hold the fake tooth in place. However, some implants position the anchor and post during the first surgery.

Once the healing is complete, the artificial teeth are created and positioned onto the posts and anchors. You may need to go through several fittings over the course of one and two months. The artificial teeth will be permanently attached once healing is complete for the maximum comfort and stability.

We will then provide you with care instructions. In general, proper eating habits, good oral hygiene and twice-yearly visits will ensure your implants stay in good condition.

Naperville and Aurora, Illinois, residents should contact us to discuss their dental implant possibilities.

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