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?
Dental Implants Can Improve Your Overall Quality of Life
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.
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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. He is committed to developing individualized treatment plans to ensure optimal outcomes.
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If You Are Missing Teeth, You Are Not Alone
Not sure if implants can help you?
However, not everyone is an ideal candidate...
Certain Factors Can Affect Your Candidacy:
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 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 Affects Your Oral and Physical 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, we recommend that you refrain from smoking for at least two weeks prior to a dental implants procedure and throughout the entire healing process.
We Make It Easy to Choose a Provider
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 office as well. As a result, you can enjoy shorter treatment timelines with fewer complications and exceptional results.
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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.
Your implant-supported restoration will consist of three parts...
Advanced Technology Can Improve Your Treatment Outcome
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.
What to Expect from the Treatment Process
Our dentistry office provides convenient and comprehensive care to the communities of Kenilworth, Evanston, and Glenview, IL. During your consultation, Dr. Carpenter will ask about your medical history and goals for treatment. He will also evaluate the health and density of your jawbone to determine if you have sufficient tissue to support implants. If the treatment seems suitable, he can begin creating a customized plan.
The Procedure and Recovery Period
After you are comfortably sedated, Dr. Carpenter surgically places one or more titanium dental implants within the jawbone. In some cases, temporary restorations will be placed at our dentistry office to maintain the appearance of your smile. The procedure may take a couple of hours or more to complete, depending on the number of implants placed. This surgery is an out-patient procedure, so you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home. You should rest for the remainder of the day and plan on taking it easy for a day or two. You can return to normal activities based on Dr. Carpenter's guidelines.
Healing takes place over the next four to six months, as the titanium dental implants fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This process is crucial to the stability of your restoration and the health of your jaw. In the weeks following your surgery, you may experience some minor swelling and pain. For the first few days, you should brush your teeth and gums gently. You may need to maintain a soft-foods diet for several weeks or months to avoid disturbing the dental implants.
Once you have healed, you will return to our office so Dr. Carpenter can access your implant and fit it with an abutment, or extension of the implant post. Abutments are connector pieces that will securely hold the titanium dental implants in place. After your gums heal tightly around the base of the abutment, which typically takes another two weeks, you will return for your final appointment. At this time, Dr. Carpenter can place your high-quality zirconia crown, bridge, or denture.
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Maintaining Your Dental Implant-Supported Restorations
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.
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.
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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
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.