One of the primary goals of dentistry is to preserve the lifespan of your natural teeth. Sometimes a tooth becomes so damaged or diseased that it simply cannot be saved, in which case you may need to explore your options for tooth replacement. Our practice is pleased to provide dental implants to patients in Aurora, IL, and the surrounding community.

Why Are Dental Implants the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement?

Dental implants are widely considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Consider some of the primary reasons:

  • Implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves your jawbone, preventing deterioration.
  • Getting implants does not require any damage to your healthy, adjacent teeth. This is not the case with bridges and dentures, which require healthy teeth to be shaved down.
  • Dental implants boast a success rate of roughly 95 percent.
  • With the right hygiene and care, your dental implants can potentially last a lifetime.


Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many advantages to getting dental implants, including:

Designed to Last a Lifetime

Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, meaning they naturally fuse with existing bone tissue and experience an exceedingly low rate of rejection. Unlike bridges and dentures, they do not need to be replaced every five or 10 years.

Preserves Bone and Facial Structures

When you lose a tooth, it results in loss of stimulation to your jawbone. This can cause the bone itself to atrophy, resulting in unwanted changes to your facial appearance. Dental implants serve as artificial roots, stimulating the jawbone and preventing the loss of jawbone.

A Healthier Smile

When you have bridges or dentures placed, it typically requires you to have healthy teeth cut down, in order to create room. This compromises their long-term integrity. Dental implants let you avoid this altogether and allow you to keep a one-tooth problem as a one-tooth problem.

Natural Appearance

Your dental implants will be finished with artificial replacement teeth, custom-made by your dentist to look and behave just like your natural teeth. The result is a seamless restoration of dental form as well as function.

How Do Dental Implants Compare to Other Options?

There are pros and cons to consider with any dental replacement option, and every patient should spend some time reviewing their options. For the vast majority of patients, dental implants emerge as the best choice for long-term dental restoration.

How Will My Surgeon Determine Whether I am A Candidate for Dental Implants?

At Oral and Facial Surgery of Naperville, we have extensive experience performing dental restoration for our patients in Aurora, IL, and the surrounding areas.

When you visit us to discuss dental implants, the first step in the journey is to have a consultation. During this visit, your surgeon will review medical images, go over your medical history, and discuss your aesthetic needs and goals. Your surgeon will also perform an examination of the mouth, determining how much bone reabsorption has occurred and how many implants are needed in total.

How are Dental Implants Placed and Restored?

Before your dental implants can be placed, you may require an ancillary procedure, such as bone grafting or tooth extraction, to prepare your mouth for the implant procedure.

Implant Placement

For the implant placement itself, you will be placed under anesthesia, ensuring your safety and physical comfort. Each implant is a small titanium rod, secured into the jaw and then left to fuse in place with your bone material.

Abutment Placement

Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, it can provide a stable and secure anchor for dental implants. Before the final restoration takes place, your oral surgeon will need to place an abutment, a connective piece that secures the replacement tooth to the implant.

Replacement Teeth

The final stop on your implant journey is a visit to your normal dentist, who will provide a replacement tooth designed to replicate the look and feel of your natural teeth. These prostheses are custom-made to match the color and shape you need.

Excellence in Dental Implants Near Aurora, IL

Tooth loss can happen to anyone, impairing both the form and function of your smile. Through dental implants, you can enjoy long-lasting rehabilitation, once again smiling with confidence. Our practice is pleased to provide implant placement for patients living in Aurora, IL, and the surrounding area. Schedule a consultation with us by calling (630) 961-5151.