At our Orland Park, IL, office, we can place and restore dental implants to rebuild the look, feel, and function of missing teeth.
Missing teeth detract from the appearance of your smile and can cause pain and other oral health issues.
So why should you invest in dental implants?
Dental Implants Are Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth
Built to Last
When placed by a dentist specially trained in implant dentistry, such as Dr. Yamen Akhras, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
A Natural Look and Feel
Since implants act as artificial tooth roots, your implant-supported restoration will look and feel just like natural teeth. In addition, we use advanced materials at Premier Dental & Implant Center to create beautiful results.
Strong and Stable
Unlike dentures, dental implants do not slip or slide while you are eating or speaking, meaning you can feel confident about your restoration during daily activities.
Take a look at how the pieces of an implant restoration fit together...
Dental Implants Have a Record of Success
Dentists use implants to treat various oral health issues...
Did You Know? Implants Also Prevent Jawbone Recession
Gum disease, infection, trauma, and tooth loss can affect the shape and strength of your jawbone, giving you a sunken or aged appearance even if you are young and healthy. If you've already suffered some degree of bone recession, the dentists at our Orland Park practice can perform a procedure known as bone grafting to give your tissue a stable foundation for implants.
Once your titanium implants are placed in the grafted tissue, they will fuse with the graft in a process known as osseointegration. By merging with your bone and mimicking your tooth roots, implants prevent further bone atrophy and help you maintain a full and defined facial structure.
So how do you know if implants are right for you?
We Can Assess Your Candidacy during a Consultation at Our Office
Damaged or Missing Teeth
Most patients with badly damaged or missing teeth and a desire to dramatically improve the health and longevity of their smile are candidates for dental implants.
Health and Oral Hygiene
Patients should be in good general health and have the discipline to maintain good oral hygiene following the procedure.
Patients should not smoke, since smoking impairs the healing process.
Patients need to have adequate bone density in their jaw to provide a sturdy base for the implants. If you have lost bone mass in your jaw, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift to prepare you for implants, which Dr. Akhras can perform at our office prior to placement.
The surgical procedure might sound scary...
But Anesthesia & Sedation Can Help You Relax
Visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for many patients, even without the additional weight of surgery. If you are anxious at the thought of undergoing a surgical procedure, talk to Dr. Akhras about your options for sedation dentistry! Sedation can help you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment.
Dr. Akhras uses IV sedation for many of his patients. Delivered via IV, this moderate sedation will allow you to remain in a deeply relaxed state throughout your procedure. Dr. Akhras trained at Georgia Regents University Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in this method of sedation and is licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin.
What does the process look like?
Technology plays a critical role in the outcome of your procedure...
State-of-the-Art Tools & Techniques
When planning your dental implant procedure at our Orland Park office, we use the latest technology. Our state-of-the-art cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging system and in-house digital studio allow us to make accurate diagnoses and perform highly precise implant placement. Our dedication to continued education also allows us to provide the very latest dental techniques. Thanks to these tools and training, we can minimize the risk of implant failure and provide you with a stable foundation for your restoration.
How long does it take to replace teeth with implants?
Implant Treatment Takes Several Months to Complete
Patients interested in dental implants should prepare for two surgeries, with a span of three to nine months between for osseointegration (fusion of the implants with the jaw bone) to occur.
During your appointment at our Orland Park office, Dr. Akhras will use local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable during surgery, as well as sedation dentistry. During the first surgery, he will insert the implants in your jaw tissue. A meticulous surgical plan will guide the doctor in positioning the implants at the correct angle and depth to ensure strength and longevity. He will then close the incisions so the jaw tissue will heal and lock the implants in place.
Dr. Akhras will schedule you for a series of follow-up visits, in which he will assess your healing progress. Once he has determined that osseointegration has occurred, he will schedule a very minor second surgery to uncover the implants and attach an abutment (connector) for the restoration.
You may require a short period for your gums to heal. Then Dr. Akhras can attach a new crown, bridge, or denture to replace your missing teeth. With your final restoration in place, you will be able to confidently eat, drink, and speak just like you would with natural teeth.
Recovering after Implant Placement Surgery
Following all of Dr. Akhras' instructions after your implant surgery will not only improve your results, but support safer, faster healing, as well.
Immediately after your procedure, you should:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take prescribed medications as instructed
- Rinse with warm salt water periodically
While some swelling, bleeding, and discomfort are expected after the procedure, you should reach out to our Orland Park office if you notice any signs of infection, such as a notable increase in pain or swelling.
Our team can give you more specific instructions before your procedure so you can prepare for the recovery process.
See the different implants can make for your smile...
Dental Implant Patient
Implant-Supported Restorations Can Blend Seamlessly into Your Smile
Once the final restoration is in place, the results are often indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures function just like your real teeth for a comfortable, natural-looking effect.
You can also care for your restoration as you would other teeth. You can help maintain the health of your implant-supported restoration by:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Attending regular dental exams
- Keeping diabetes under control
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco use
- Reducing your consumption of alcohol
Dental Implant Placement
"Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally."
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
But are implants more expensive than other treatments?
A Larger Upfront Investment Can Produce Better Long-Term Results
In general, implant-supported restorations do cost more than their traditional counterparts.
However, most patients find that the advantages offered by dental implants are worth the investment.
Traditional tooth-supported restorations are more likely to wear out and need replacements, which can add up. But with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Other Benefits of Dental Implants
Because implant-supported restorations are securely held in place using small titanium posts, they provide the security and functionality that is akin to what natural teeth offer. The posts fuse with the jawbone to provide a strong foundation for single replacement crowns or larger restorations such as bridges and partial or full dentures. Implant-supported restorations will not loosen or slide out of place the way traditional dentures do, allowing patients of our Orland Park practice to be confident in their ability to eat and speak.
Implant-supported restorations are designed to feel like a natural part of your body. They are permanently fixed, eliminating the complicated cleaning process of traditional restorations. Instead, patients can floss and brush as they would with natural teeth. In addition, implant-supported dentures are firmly held in place, eliminating gum irritation and discomfort from ill-fitting plastic bases.
Dental implants offer significant oral health benefits and can prevent bone degeneration while providing a stable and comfortable base for natural-looking restorations.
Oral Health Maintenance
Natural tooth roots stimulate your jawbone as you chew. This stimulation notifies your brain that nutrients are needed in that area of your mouth. After tooth loss, this process halts and the bone tissue in your jaw begins to atrophy. Over time, the jawbone deteriorates, possibly leading to further tooth loss and giving your face a sunken appearance. Dental implants combat this degenerative process by simulating a natural tooth root. Implants can halt atrophy and prevent future bone loss, providing support for your facial muscles and maintaining the overall health of your smile.
Convenient, Effective Dentistry
Dr. Akhras performs every stage of your implant treatment at his Orland Park office. From preparatory procedures such as bone lifts and sinus grafts to implant placement and final restoration, he can ensure you experience high quality and attentive care throughout your treatment.