Dental Implants Naperville, IL Dentist Dental implants function and appear like natural teeth. Pebblewood Dental is committed to ensuring your optimal comfort and quality care. We use the latest techniques to ensure efficient, stress-free treatment. Dental implants may be paired with replacement crowns for full tooth replacement. They may also be used to anchor dentures. Your doctor will recommend your teeth replacement plan based on your individual needs and preferences. Benefits of Dental Implants Dental implants are an aesthetic, effective solution for tooth loss. There are many great benefits to choosing dental implants. Dental implants can: Restore your smile Improve your oral health Improve your speech Improve comfort Improve function Protect healthy bone structure Provide a long-term tooth replacement solution Considerations There are several factors that your doctor will consider before recommending dental implants. Some of these include: Adequate bone support to anchor the implant Healthy gum tissue Sinus and nerve location Overall health, including any chronic illnesses In some cases, your doctor may recommend advance treatment for your upper or lower jaw. Your individual plan is based on your unique needs and goals for your healthy smile. Be sure to let us know about any medications you are taking. Your health and safety are paramount. To see if dental implants may be right for you, contact Pebblewood Dental for a consultation. Frequently Asked Questions What is a dental implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) that is placed into the jaw bone. In order to make an area look like it has a tooth, an implant needs to have an abutment and crown (artificial tooth) placed on top of the implant. The crown is what looks like a natural tooth. The abutment connects the crown to the implant. Therefore there are 3 parts to an implant tooth: 1. The dental implant; 2. The abutment; and 3. The crown (artificial tooth). What does a dental implant feel like? Because a dental implant becomes part of the jaw, it feels very natural. A dental implant won’t move or slip while eating, drinking, or talking. What does a dental implant look like? A dental implant will look like your natural tooth! How does a dental implant work? A dental implant is typically made out of titanium; the same type of titanium often used in joint replacements. Therefore, you can rest comfortably knowing that dental implants are biocompatible and usually well received by most people. Once placed, natural bone grows and fuses with the dental implant, locking it into place. How long have dental implants been around? Surprisingly dental implants have been around for nearly 1400 years! The first evidence of dental implants is attributed to the Mayan civilization in 600 AD, when they used shells to replace teeth in the lower jaw. Today, dental implants have evolved into a safe and reliable way to replace missing teeth. According to the American Dental Association, more than 5 million dental implants are placed every year in the U.S.! Who is a good candidate for dental implants? Typically any one that is missing a tooth or more and is healthy enough to have a tooth removed may be a good candidate for dental implants. Age wise typically anyone over the age of 18 may be a good candidate for dental. Every person is unique and a consultation should be completed in order to discuss a customized treatment plan. Does getting a dental implant hurt? With the use of modern anesthetic and medicine, many patients report that they feel even better than anticipated after getting dental implants installed. While there may be minor discomfort, it is often short term. Patients often find that they are able to return to work and daily activities as soon as the next day. Are dental implants successful? Yes! Data collected from studies over the past 30 years shows that dental implant surgery is 95% successful. How long do dental implants last? Dental implants can last decades. Good oral home care and regular routine check ups will help ensure that your dental implant stays as healthy as possible. How long does it take to get a dental implant? The dental appointment when the dental implant is installed will typically be scheduled for one to one and a half hours. The full time period of when a person receives a customized tooth over top of the implant will be approximately 3-4 months after the implant is installed. Several months are needed to allow the surrounding bone to grow and bond to the implant, securing into place. How much do dental implants cost? The cost of dental implants varies depending on the location in the jaw, the number of dental implants, and the type of implants needed. One single dental implant may cost $2,500 or more. There are many different factors to consider for each individual. A customized treatment plan will be formulated during your consultation. Different financing options are available and will be discussed during your personalized consultation. Will my insurance cover the cost of a dental implant? Insurance plans vary on what they may cover towards a dental implant. We have team members that are very knowledgeable about insurance benefits and will work with your insurance company to get the most coverage as possible.