Dental Implants in Homer Glen
Missing teeth can inhibit the ability to chew foods and speak clearly. Cosmetically, they impair a smile, which causes embarrassment and low self-esteem. Solutions have existed for decades: bridgework, partials, and full dentures. However, these options don’t always look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dr. DeAngelo is highly trained in dental implant restoration, which means he can offer you a tooth replacement solution that Mother Nature would commend. Call our Homer Glen dentist office today to schedule your appointment.
Dental Implants: The Team Approach
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Jack of all trades,” and nowhere in dentistry does it apply more than in the art and science of dental implantology. Dr. Alan R. DeAngelo partners with an oral-maxillofacial surgeon to restore his implant patients with state of the art treatment that meets or exceeds the highest standard of care. Having restored dental implants for over 30 years, Dr. DeAngelo has worked with numerous dental specialists who place dental implants and has chosen who he feels is the best in their field to partner with.
In the medical profession, we all know that your knee surgeon would not do open heart procedures, and vice versa, it should be the same in dentistry. You want the most talented doctors in their field of expertise working to provide you the best results. Dental implants are so much more than just screwing something into your bone. It takes proper planning, bone grafting if proper bone support is not present, and precise placement. After all, you can’t build a stable house on a weak foundation. That’s why proper bone support is so important!
With my 28 years of dental implant restoration experience, and a surgeon who has placed almost 18,000 implants and teaches implant placement and bone grafting internationally, to other surgeons, you get the best of both worlds for your dental implant experience.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, titanium fixtures that are placed directly in the socket of a missing tooth. An implant will fuse to the jaw bone and act as a tooth root, providing stability for single crowns, bridges, or overdentures. Dr. DeAngelo has restored dental implants in Homer Glen since 1986 and works with area oral surgeons for precise implant placement.
Single Implant Crowns
If you are replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, Dr. DeAngelo will restore it using something called an implant-retained crown. This will consist of an all-porcelain dental crown designed to fit over a metal connector that will attach it securely to your implant post.
If you have multiple missing teeth in a row, he can place two of these crowns on either side of the gap in your smile and bond them to prosthetic teeth to fill in the gap, creating a strong and reliable implant-retained bridge.
Implant Supported Overdentures
Unlike the All–on- 4 screw retained prosthetics you will read about below, Overdentures that “SNAP” into place offers the convenience of having the ability to be cleaned at home, even after every meal, which leaves you with fresher breath. The attachments used are very secure and can be adjusted for everyone’s different needs. The cleanability of the prosthetics is a great advantage over the ALL-on-4. If something gets caught beneath them, you can do-it-yourself without the need of a dental professional, and remove the offending item.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
This treatment allows a patient to have dental implants placed and restored with a full denture all in one day. In other words, a patient could wake up that morning with a row of missing teeth and go to bed with a complete smile. This treatment uses slightly longer dental implant posts to create maximum stability for the prosthetic, and this also makes it viable for patients who normally wouldn’t be eligible for implant dentistry.
Why Should I Choose Dental Implants?
Would you believe that one of the biggest advantages of using this technique to restore your smile isn’t cosmetic? When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone and gum tissue will begin to deteriorate with nothing to support. By placing and restoring a permanent dental implant (or implants) to mend your row of teeth, the jaw bone and gums are revitalized with purpose once again. Over time, bone density can improve and the gums are renewed. Meanwhile, your smile will look realistically beautiful and will function like an unharmed bite!
Benefits of Dental Implants
We offer dental implants for their many unique advantages, including:
- Longevity: Dental implants are designed to last for an entire lifetime with proper care.
- Bone health: Dental implants are the only option that stimulates your jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating after tooth loss.
- Strength: Chew through all your favorite foods with ultimate confidence thanks to dental implants.
- Beauty: Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, giving you the most lifelike tooth replacement.
Feel free to ask as many dental implant-related questions as you want at any point in your care at our Homer Glen office. Dr. DeAngelo is happy to help you fully understand your smile solution, and encourages all of his patients to stay informed about their care.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient; an individual who needs to replace a single tooth will have to pay less than someone who needs full-arch replacement. Also, each stage of the treatment process (such as the implant placement surgery and restoration) comes with a separate price. When you visit our team for your consultation, we’ll create a personalized estimate for the cost of your treatment. We’ll also help you explore financing options. Remember that although dental implants may seem expensive, they are a truly worthwhile investment in your oral health and confidence!
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you ready to begin the process of repairing your smile with dental implants in Homer Glen? It’s important that you know exactly what to expect, which is why Dr. DeAngelo is more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have during your initial dental implant consultation. On this page, we’ve addressed just a few of the questions that our patients frequently bring to us, but you should always feel free to voice any others you might have.
Will I Be Able to Get My Implant Right Away After an Extraction?
You may want to use dental implants to replace a tooth that needs to be extracted. However, whether or not you can have the implant placed immediately afterwards depends on the situation. If the bone and gums underneath are healthy, the placement can usually be done on the same day. However, oftentimes the extraction is needed in the first place because of an infection or severe bone loss; if that’s the case, your condition will need to be treated first. We’ll discuss the procedure with you beforehand so that you’ll know ahead of time whether or not you’ll have to wait to receive implants.
Is a Bone Graft Needed?
Once you’ve lost your teeth, your jaw will start to suffer from bone resorption. Essentially, the bone will start to erode and lose its density. Because implants require a good foundation of bone for support, such bone loss can increase the risk of an implant failure. As such, bone grafting is often a necessary part of the dental implant procedure. That being said, it’s not always necessary if your jaw is still in good shape; we’ll need to take X-rays of your jaw to see how much resorption has already occurred before we decide to move forward with a bone graft.
How Successful are Dental Implants?
Dentists have been placing dental implants for decades now, and as a result there is plenty of data showing how reliable the procedure is. Thanks to modern techniques and materials, dental implant surgery now has a 95% success rate. This is partly because the implants are made of titanium, a durable metal that is also highly biocompatible, meaning your mouth is unlikely to reject it. Of course, failure is still possible in rare circumstances. If your jaw does not heal correctly, it will not join with the implant posts, which in turn will become loose and may fall our entirely.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
The majority of insurance providers do not cover implants, considering them a cosmetic procedure. That said, there’s a good chance that your plan will help pay for some portions of the procedure. In any case, we accept all forms of dental insurance, and we’re more than happy to file a claim for you so that you receive any benefits you’re entitled to. If you do not have insurance or need treatment that isn’t covered by your plan, we can help you break up the cost into smaller monthly payments through CareCredit.