Understanding How Different Types of Dental Implants Can Meet Your Needs

Dental implants are one of the most important innovations in modern dentistry. These small metal posts can provide a stable base for a crown, bridge, or full denture. Dr. Henry Moore offers several types of dental implants at our Chicago, IL, practice and provides comprehensive, comfortable care. He will begin with a detailed evaluation to determine your candidacy for implants and to find out which type may be right for you. Then he will place the posts with great precision and a gentle touch. In this way, he can minimize discomfort, promote faster healing, and provide long-lasting restorations. Contact Dental Concepts to learn more about implants and to schedule your consultation.

Traditional and Mini Dental Implants

Laughing couple on a park benchDental implants are small, biocompatible titanium posts. Dr. Moore will surgically place them inside your jawbone. Then your bone and gum tissue will integrate with the implants. This process will allow the implants to replace your dental roots and uphold a custom designed restoration.

If you want to replace a single tooth with an implant-supported crown, Dr. Moore will typically recommend a traditional implant. Mini implants have a smaller diameter. Your dentist will most often use these implants to support dentures on the lower jaw. Because of their smaller size, they can hold a larger restoration, but they will affect less of your jawbone.

Dental Implant FAQs

Teeth-in-a-Day

We know that missing teeth can greatly affect your appearance and self-confidence. For this reason, we offer teeth-in-a-day, or immediate implants, in many cases. If you qualify for this treatment, Dr. Moore will attach a temporary restoration at the same time that he places your implants. When you have fully healed, you will return for your permanent crown or denture.

Planning and Preparing for Dental Implants

To determine your candidacy for implants, Dr. Moore will begin with a free consultation. If you decide that this treatment is right for you, you will have a second evaluation. At this time, your dentist will take 3-D computed tomography (CT) cone beam scans. These detailed images will show him the most suitable placement for the posts. The scans will also help him decide the most appropriate type of implants for your needs.

Like many patients, you may choose implants to replace a recently extracted tooth. During the healing process, the area around the extraction site can recede by 15% to 20%. To prevent recession and further tooth loss, Dr. Moore will typically perform a socket graft. He will use your own bone tissue or a synthetic material to build up your jawbone. Typically, he will perform this treatment about three months before placing your implants.

Dental Implant Placement

After the extraction site has healed, Dr. Moore will make a surgical guide, and he will place the implants. He will numb your jaw and gums during the surgery. Additionally, oral conscious sedation can keep you calm and relaxed during your treatment. Thanks to his detailed planning and careful techniques, your post-surgical discomfort will be minimal. The initial recovery will typically last about 48 hours. During this time, we will provide anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. Dr. Moore will also follow up with you within 24 hours of your surgery. In this way, we can more accurately ensure your safety and comfort.

Although your preliminary recovery will only last a few days, it will take several months for your gums and jaw to fully integrate with the implant posts. In most cases, your lower jaw will heal in three months, and your upper jaw will take four to five months to heal. After this period, Dr. Moore will attach an abutment piece and your individually crafted restoration. With proper care, your dental implants can last the rest of your life.

Learn More About Our Range of Implants

Contact Dental Concepts to learn more about implants and our comprehensive method of treatment. Then schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.