Dental implants are today’s most preferred tooth replacement method, but it’s surprising how many patients have never heard of them, or are somehow afraid of the procedure. Actually, implant dentistry isn’t really all that complex, and it’s certainly nothing to be afraid of.

When we say that implant dentistry isn’t complex, in no way are we suggesting that it’s not state-of-the-art. On the contrary, it’s the next best thing to your own teeth, assuming that your own teeth are 100%healthy and fully functional, and that means that it’s heads and tails above other restorative methods like removable bridgework and dentures. What I mean is that dental implants are marvelous in their simplicity. They consist of two basic parts – a titanium anchor that is surgically implanted into your jawbone in order to serve as an artificial root. The other part is the crown, the permanent bridge or permanent denture that is attached to your implant and is colored to look just like your natural teeth.

Once the surgery is completed, your jaw and the implants will need a bit of time to get to know one another. Usually it takes about anywhere from three to six months before the jawbone fully fuses to the titanium implant. This fusing process is called osseointegration. What it means, essentially, is that your body comes to view the implant as a perfectly natural component of your anatomy. At that point, your crowns, denture or bridge can be affixed to the implants. While you’re waiting for the osseointegration to take place, your dentist will make sure that you have a temporary restoration in place. You won’t have to worry about being without functioning teeth, and you won’t have to worry about not being able to smile.

Most people can benefit from dental implants. To determine your suitability, Dr. Michael Roessler will give you a thorough examination. If there isn’t enough bone density to allow the implants to stabilize, you could consider bone grafting in order to get your jaw to where it needs to be in order to receive the implants, or you could consider other options. In very rare cases, medical conditions could also preclude implants. Generally speaking, just about anyone whose oral health is good can be a good candidate for dental implants. If you’re in the Mundelein or Libertyville area and would like to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, give our office a call at 847-566-9330.