Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement, providing the most secure support for the restoration of your choice. If you have lost the function and aesthetics of your smile due to dental trauma or oral health issues, dental implants can provide the dramatic restorative and cosmetic improvement you need. Dr. Yamen Akhras trained at the esteemed Misch International Implant Institute, and he is exceptionally skilled in all aspects of treatment with dental implants. He conveniently provides both implant placement and restoration at his Orland Park, IL, dental practice.
Dental implants provide the most secure and lasting support for dental restorations, with a natural look and feel.
Dental Implant Patient
Dental Implant Candidates
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. 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.
Importantly, patients need to have adequate bone density in their jaw to provide a sturdy base for the implants. A CT Scan is used to help make this determination. If you have lost bone mass in your jaw, which is a common occurrence in patients with missing teeth, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift to prepare you for implants. Dr. Akhras can perform these and any other procedures you may need prior to dental implant surgery in his office as part of your comprehensive treatment plan. Using a panorex camera, he can view a digital x-ray of both your upper and lower jaws and teeth on the same film to identify potential issues.
Dental Implant Placement
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. Dr. Akhras will use local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable during surgery, and he offers sedation dentistry for patients that would find it helpful. 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.
Dental implants provide the most secure and lasting support for dental restorations, with a natural look and feel. To schedule a free dental implant consultation with Dr. Akhras, contact our practice today.