Dental Implants

Living with missing teeth can be frustrating, painful, and embarrassing. But with dental implants, you can enjoy complete restoration.

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 best solution for tooth replacement?

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Dental Implants Can  Improve Your Overall Quality of Life

Lifelong Results

Restorations supported by titanium implants are realistic-looking, natural-feeling, and long-lasting and are considered superior to any other tooth replacement option currently available. With proper care, dental implants can last 40 years or longer.

Jawbone Retention

Dental implants stimulate the jaw in the same way your natural tooth roots would. This stimulation signals the body to continue sending nutrients to the jawbone. When these signals are absent, the jawbone begins to atrophy, leading to destabilization of the remaining teeth and a sunken facial appearance.
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Reduced Spending

Dental implants can help save our patients in Kenilworth, Evanston, and Glenview from future expenses. Because of the superior support, your 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.

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Not sure if implants can help you?

However, not every patient is an ideal candidate for dental implants...

Certain Factors Can Affect Your Candidacy for Implants:

Jawbone Atrophy 

Candidates must have sufficient jawbone tissue to support the implants. If jawbone density is lacking, Dr. Carpenter may perform a bone graft or sinus lift to augment the jaw and create a more solid base.

Periodontal Disease

Healthy gum tissue is essential to dental implant success and your overall oral health. Before receiving implants, you will need to receive treatment if you suffer from periodontal disease.

General Health Conditions

You should provide a thorough medical 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.

Smoking

Smoking 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. 
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Smoking can affect your rate of healing, which can compromise the success of your implant placement.

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.

As a result, we recommend patients refrain from smoking for at least two weeks prior to a dental implants procedure and throughout the entire healing process. Having a solid foundation for your implant-supported restoration is key to preventing overloading and dental implant failure.

Risks Involved with Smoking

If you smoke, you are at risk of developing:

  • Reduced blood flow to the mouth and slower healing 

  • Periodontal disease 

  • Bone and tissue loss 

  • Tooth loss
  • Peri-implantitis (soft and hard tissue loss around the implant)
  • Dental implant failure 

During your consultation, we can review your medical history in its entirety to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo treatment.

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.

Why Smoking Hinders Dental Implants

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 patients at great risk of dental implant failure. 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.

Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

Before your procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied 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 a more extensive dental implant treatment or suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Carpenter can provide sedation. During your consultation, you can discuss whether sedation is needed to provide you with a comfortable experience.

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Your implant-supported restoration will consist of three parts...

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Advanced Technology Can Improve Your Treatment Outcome

At his practice serving Kenilworth, Evanston, and Glenview, Dr. Carpenter has invested in advanced technology to improve his patients' treatment experience and outcomes. During the planning phase of your implant 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 which will be used during your procedure to ensure that your implants are placed in precisely the right areas. Together, these tools enable Dr. Carpenter to reduce the risk of complications and provide superior results.

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The Dental Implants Process

We provide convenient and comprehensive care to patients in Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview, and nearby communities.During your consultation, Dr. Carpenter will engage you in a discussion 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 dental implants seem suitable, he can begin creating a customized treatment plan. 

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Your Placement Procedure and Recovery

After you are comfortably sedated, Dr. Carpenter surgically implants the small titanium posts within the jawbone. The procedure may take a couple hours or more to complete, depending on the number of implants placed. Dental implant surgery is an out-patient procedure, so you will need to have another adult drive you home.

Healing takes place over the next several months, as the posts fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. In the weeks following your implant placement, 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 implants.

Receiving Restorations

Once your implants are stabilized, 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. These connector pieces will securely hold your implant 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

Dental Implant Can Save You Money

In addition, dental implants can help save you from future expenses. Because of the superior support provided in comparison to traditional crownsbridges, and dentures, your 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.

Maintaining Your Dental Implants

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. In fact, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), 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. 

Your Hygiene Routine

Just like natural teeth, it is important to keep implants clean and free of plaque. You should brush your restored teeth gently, taking special care to clean all sides of your implant. We recommend using a soft manual or electric toothbrush and a low abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste. Dr. Carpenter may also recommend:

  • Antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Interdental brushes
  • Disclosing tablets to reveal plaque accumulation
  • Implant floss
  • Tufted brushes

If you are having difficulties keeping your implant clean, we can also offer suggestions for different tools or techniques during your appointment. 

Visits to Our Office

We recommend patients from Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview, and surrounding areas visit our office at least twice a year for exams and cleanings. However, this visit is especially important for patients with dental implants. Our team has special tools which can clean your implant, abutment, and restoration without damaging them. For patients with certain risk factors, such as gum disease, we may suggest more frequent visits.

Studies have shown that implants can last for 40 to 50 years or more when cared for properly. 

Dr. Carpenter 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.

The Importance of Implant Maintenance

Studies have shown that implants can last for 40 to 50 years or more when cared for properly. However, without consistent daily care, serious issues can develop. Peri-implantitis is a severe condition which can cause irreversible bone loss. This type of infection develops around implant posts and can eventually cause implant failure. 

Signs of Implant Issues

If you develop bleeding around your dental implant, you should make an appointment with Dr. Carpenter right away. Similar to gum disease, bleeding signals an infection in the gum tissue around your implant. This condition is known as peri-implant mucositis and can quickly advance to peri-implantitis if left untreated. 

Other symptoms of implant issues include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Gum recession

Treating mucositis early is the best way to prevent implant failure. Often, the solution is as simple as improved home care. 

Risk Factors for Peri-Implantitis

Another way to avoid developing health problems with your implants is to avoid the common risk factors of peri-implantitis. These include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Bruxism, also known as teeth clenching and grinding

We provide treatment for periodontal disease and bruxism at our office. We can also help you with your oral hygiene. Often, choosing the right dentist to place your implant can make a huge impact on your risk for developing implant complications.

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. In fact, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), 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. 

Choosing Your Provider

Do you live in Kenilworth, Evanston, or Glenview and need to choose an implant doctor? For the best implant dentistry results, you should seek treatment from an experienced provider at a highly rated dental practice. Dr. Carpenter is a fellow of the California Implant Institute and has received extensive training in computer-aided implant surgery using advanced digital imaging. He has successfully treated many patients with dental implants and is committed to developing individualized treatment plans to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

Thanks to Dr. Carpenter’s expertise in implant dentistry, he can perform every facet of the procedure in our office, with no need to refer patients to another specialist. 

Many providers do not have the advanced training needed to place dental implants. Instead, they must refer their patients to another specialist. This can increase a patient’s treatment timeline as well as their costs. Thanks to Dr. Carpenter’s expertise in implant dentistry, he can perform every facet of the procedure in our office, with no need to refer patients 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, our patients enjoy shorter treatment timelines with fewer complications and exceptional results.

Determining the Cost of Implants

The cost of dental implants 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. 

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Financing Your Treatment

Dr. Carpenter understands that cost is often a major barrier for patients needing and wanting dental implants. 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.

Choose a Highly Trained Team 

Dr. Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!

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