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Dental Implants in Chicago, Illinois

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. People who have lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours can be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What are Dental Implants?

Implants are titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing further bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure for Implants

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within the jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are healing beneath the surface of the gums and gradually bonding with the jawbone. Patients are able to wear temporary teeth or dentures over the implants.

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After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Nickel or Dr. Steinberg will uncover the implants and attach small collars to the implants, which act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These collars protrude through the gums. The entire procedure usually takes around six months depending on the density of the jawbone. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life during the implant healing.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Nickel and Dr. Steinberg are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. Sometimes, depending on the available bone, implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction - further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants and temporary teeth on the implant at one visit. This procedure, called "immediate provisionalization," can greatly simplify the surgical process.

There are also new advances in implant treatment planning.  Dr. Nickel and Dr. Steinberg use the latest computer software programs to plan complex implant cases.  These programs allow the doctors to see the available implant sites in the bone in three dimensions. It also can be used to generate computer driven surgical guides to help place the implants at the time of surgery. This type of precision facilitates placement of implants in narrow or short areas of bone that otherwise may not be able to receive implants without further surgery to improve the available bone.

Who Actually Performs the Implant Placement?

Implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Nickel and Dr. Steinberg perform the actual implant surgery, the initial tooth extractions and any necessary bone grafting, the restorative dentist (your dentist)  makes  and fits the permanent teeth or  prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary teeth or prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What Types of Teeth Replacements are Available?

A single tooth prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth - each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.

A removable prosthesis (overdenture) can be attached to the implant via a bar or ball attachment, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Dr. Nickel and Dr. Steinberg perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth - whether it's a new situation or something you have lived with for years - chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five years ago.  With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Would You Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a "partial" at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended. Almost anyone could be a candidate for implant replacement therapy.

What Type of Anesthesia is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

Teeth In An Hour

TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts about an hour. It is based on computer assisted surgical treatment planning. This technology was recently developed by Nobel Biocare, and allows for collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. In addition, the fabrication of a final prosthesis is completed prior to the surgery. The computer-guided implant surgery is done in an minimally invasive fashion without requiring any flap reflection or large incisions. This benefits the patient in that there is less post operative discomfort, less swelling and less bruising. Often, patients can resume their normal activities the next day.

The process starts when a CAT scan is taken of the patient's jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a 3-D model of the jawbone, which can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are more accurate implant placement and less surgical time for the patient.

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