Living with a missing tooth or teeth can be frustrating, painful, and embarrassing. Traditional dentures can be equally frustrating.
Dr. Art Carpenter in Kenilworth, IL, has undergone extensive dental implant training to restore strength and aesthetics to your smile.
Why are dental implants considered the next best thing compared to natural teeth?
Improve Your Quality of Life
With Dental Implants
Lifelong ResultsRestorations supported by titanium implants can replace one tooth or an entire arch and are realistic-looking, natural-feeling, and long-lasting. In fact, they are considered superior to any other tooth-replacement option currently available. With proper care, they can last 40 years or longer.
Jawbone RetentionDental implants stimulate the jaw in the same way a natural tooth and tooth roots would. This stimulation signals the body to continue sending nutrients to the jawbone. When these signals are absent due to missing tooth roots, the jaw begins to atrophy, leading to destabilization of the remaining teeth and a sunken facial appearance.
Reduced SpendingTitanium dental implants can help save our patients in Kenilworth, Evanston, and Glenview, IL, from future expenses. Because of the superior support, your implant-supported denture or other restoration can wear more evenly and last longer. In addition, the preserved shape of your jaw will prevent the need to have dentures relined or replaced to accommodate a changing jaw shape.
How Implants Work
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Do you live in Kenilworth, Evanston, or Glenview, IL, and need to choose an implant doctor? For the best results, you should seek treatment from an experienced dentist at a highly rated dental practice. Dr. Carpenter is a fellow of the California Implant Institute and has completed extensive training in computer-aided implant surgery using advanced digital imaging. Choosing a dentist like Dr. Carpenter can allow you to experience the best possible dental implant results, and benefits that last a lifetime.
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If You Are Missing Teeth, You Are Not Alone
Implant-Supported Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures Can Fully Repair Your Smile
If you have lost a single tooth, an implant-supported crown provides a much more conservative solution than a traditional bridge. While a bridge will require crowning the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, an implant-supported crown is anchored directly to the jaw, allowing you to preserve natural dental tissue.
If you need to replace most or all of the teeth on the upper arch, lower arch, or both, implant-supported dentures are a solution that will allow you to eat all the foods you love and speak with total clarity without having to worry that they will slip out of place. A full-arch denture can be secured with four, six, or eight implants.
If you are replacing just one or a few teeth and would like to upgrade the look of your entire smile, consider having a whitening treatment before you receive your restoration. We can match your crown, bridge, or denture to the brilliant new shade of your surrounding teeth. In addition to restorative treatments, whitening, and many other cosmetic treatments are available here in our Kenilworth, IL, office.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Periodontal DiseaseHealthy gum tissue is essential to the success of the procedure and your overall oral health. If you suffer from periodontal disease, you will need to receive dental treatment before you can qualify.
General Health ConditionsYou should provide a thorough medical and dental history to Dr. Carpenter during your consultation in Kenilworth so he can evaluate any conditions that may interfere with the success of dental implant treatment such as uncontrolled diabetes and autoimmune disorders.
SmokingSmoking impedes your body's ability to heal properly, increasing your risk of complications such as dental implant failure. If you are a smoker, you will need to be prepared to quit smoking for good or at least for the duration outlined by your doctor.
How Smoking Harms Your Oral Health
Studies have shown that smoking can have a severe impact on your overall health. Medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and various types of cancers have been directly linked to prolonged nicotine in the body. However, smoking and tobacco products can also negatively influence oral health. Not only will tobacco stain your teeth, but it can also increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. In addition, individuals who smoke or use tobacco products of any kind have a greater risk of infection after surgery, as the body cannot heal as quickly as it should.
The technology and medications involved with dental implants have continued to improve over the years, making it a viable option for many patients, even those with diabetes. However, research has proven that smoking still places you at great risk. It has been demonstrated that implants placed in the upper jaw fail twice as often in those who smoke as compared to those who do not. Because of this, many dentists will not perform the procedure on smokers.
As a result, our Kenilworth practice recommends that you refrain from smoking for at least two weeks prior to a dental implants procedure and throughout the entire healing process.
What Makes Dr. Carpenter An Excellent Choice When It Comes to Dental Implants?
Many dentists do not have the advanced training needed to place dental implants. Instead, they must refer their patients to another specialist. This can increase your treatment timeline, as well as costs. Thanks to Dr. Carpenter’s training, he can perform every facet of the procedure in our dentistry office, with no need to refer you to another specialist. He is also capable of performing any necessary prerequisite procedures, such as a bone graft or sinus lift, in our Kenilworth office as well. As a result, you can enjoy shorter treatment timelines with fewer complications and exceptional results.
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Patients Recommend Dr. Carpenter
"10+ years and counting, won’t drive anywhere else. Always a pleasant experience and any post visit issues come with Doc offering his mobile number should something present a problem after hours. Kind of place you get there early just to catch up with the staff." Michael Puffer, 5-Star Google Review
Advanced Technology For Outstanding Results
At his dental practice, serving Kenilworth, Evanston, and Glenview, IL, Dr. Carpenter has invested in advanced technology to improve your treatment experience and outcomes. During the planning phase of your treatment, he will use a CT (computed tomography) scanner to obtain highly detailed panoramic images of your teeth and jawbone. This will allow him to determine the best possible location for each implant.
He will then create a surgical guide that will be used during your procedure to ensure that your implants are placed in precisely the right areas. Together, these tools enable your dentist to reduce the risk of complications and provide superior results.
Determining the Cost of Implants
Cost is often a major deciding factor for patients. Implant-supported restorations are more expensive than traditional options, and dental insurance plans do not always cover the cost in full. Treatment costs vary significantly from patient to patient because each individual has unique needs. Several different factors will come into play when determining your estimated treatment costs, including:
- Number of implants placed
- Type of restoration
- Prerequisite procedures
- Your choice of surgeon
- Any sedation required
Generally speaking, the cost to place an implant at our office is $2,500. The cost to restore the implant with a custom abutment and crown is an additional $2,500. Our team can provide a personalized cost estimate after a thorough examination at our office.
Financing Your Treatment
Dr. Carpenter understands that cost is often a major barrier for patients who want the very best restorative treatment available. Our team will work with your insurance company to help you get the most out of your plan. For any expenses not covered by your insurance, we accept CareCredit® financing. This trusted third-party lender offers patients an affordable way to get much-needed dental procedures and pay the balance off over a specified period of time, sometimes with no interest.
Invest in Superior Tooth Replacement
Implants are not only a reliable option for restoring your smile, but a long-term investment in your health, as well. Traditional solutions such as dentures inevitably wear down over time, requiring relining and replacement. Over time, these costs can add up.
However, because of the superior support and stability that implants can provide, an implant-supported restoration can wear more evenly and last longer. In addition, the preserved shape of your jaw will prevent the need to have dentures relined or replaced to accommodate a changing jaw shape. Even when a restoration must be replaced, the implants themselves can last for decades. As a result, you can save a significant amount of money over time, despite the initial cost of treatment.
A Dentist Patients Trust
"Very satisfying experience. Straight forward, professional and affordable. Looking forward to working with Dr.Carpenter and the staff." Cindy Mile
The Dental Implant Procedure and Recovery Period
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
With proper care, dental implants can last for several decades or even last for a lifetime. In fact, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), dental implants have a long-term success rate of over 95 percent. For the most part, you can care for your implant-supported restoration just like you would your natural teeth. However, making a few adjustments to your daily hygiene routine can ensure your implants last as long as possible.
In addition to a regular hygiene routine, we also recommend patients from Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview, IL, and the surrounding areas visit our dentistry practice at least twice a year for exams and cleanings.
Our team has special tools that can clean your implant, abutment, and denture or another type of restoration without damaging them. For patients with certain risk factors, such as gum disease, we may suggest more frequent visits. This simple habit can not only protect your oral health but overall health as well.
Your dentist can also assess the health of your implant during this appointment. He can identify any potential threats to the stability of your restoration and offer treatment to restore proper health. At least once a year, we will also take x-rays of your implants to ensure it is healthy and stable.
Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?
Before your procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. This is typically sufficient to prevent discomfort for patients who are receiving a single implant. However, if you are undergoing more extensive treatment or suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Carpenter can provide sedation at his practice in Kenilworth, IL. During your consultation, you can discuss whether sedation is needed to provide you with a comfortable experience.
"Excellent communication and expertise."
"High quality, thorough care matched with excellent communication and expertise. Highly recommend Dr. Carpenter and his wonderful staff." Meredith Rives, 5-Star Google Review
Dr. Carpenter Is Ready to Answer Your Questions About Dental Implants
Patient education is an important and all-too-often overlooked part of a successful dental implant procedure. Dr. Carpenter wants you to make an informed decision before you commit to implants or any other treatment, and he will patiently and thoroughly answer any questions you have about your candidacy, the benefits, the risks, and more during a consultation. Do you live in Evanston, Glenview, or nearby and you're ready to smile with confidence again? Get in touch with us today and request your one-on-one dentistry visit with Dr. Carpenter in Kenilworth.
In order to prepare for your dental implants consultation, we invite you to explore some answers to frequently asked questions provided below:
Dental Implants FAQ Answers to the Most Common Questions About Implants
Will each missing tooth require an implant?
Not necessarily. If you are missing one tooth, it will be replaced by a single implant supporting a single tooth. However, if you are missing three consecutive teeth, they can probably be replaced by two implants supporting a bridge. If you are missing all the teeth on the upper or lower jaw, a denture can be supported by as few as four implants.
Does insurance cover implants?Most basic insurance plans contribute to the cost o crowns, bridges, dentures, and preparatory treatments like gum disease therapy, but they do not cover dental implants or abutments. We are glad to work directly with your insurance plan to secure maximum coverage for all qualifying stages of treatment, and we offer CareCredit financing to make the cost of implants and abutments affordable.
I'm diabetic. Can I still get implants?
Patients with controlled diabetes who receive dental implants have virtually the same excellent success rates as anyone else. During your implants consultation, Dr. Carpenter will review your medical history to make sure you don't have any health issues that could jeopardize your safety or the success of dental implant placement.
Our Promise to Greater Kenilworth
“The philosophy for our dental practice is to educate and motivate our patients to retain their teeth and oral health for a lifetime. We provide ethical treatment options for our patients based on their individualized wants and needs. We also provide the highest quality of dental care through a constant commitment to continuing education and the use of the latest technology in a safe, clean, and comfortable environment.” Dr. Art Carpenter