Many people have questions about dental implants. Our dentists and team have put together answers to some of the most common questions we hear about implant dentistry. If you have further questions about dental implants in Romeoville, Naperville and Montgomery, Illinois, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at Valley View Dental, give us a call today!

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are a type of prosthetic tooth designed to replace both the root and the crown of a tooth after it has been lost. Implants consist of two main parts, an implant post and an implant restoration. The implant post replaces the tooth root and is surgically placed into your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your tooth. After the implant post has been placed, our dentists work with you to create a custom restoration to replace the tooth. Implant restorations may be a crown, bridge or denture.

How does an implant benefit me?

There are many benefits to receiving a dental implant, including:

  • A restored ability to chew, speak and smile normally
  • Better long-term oral health and function
  • Helping to prevent bone deterioration by stimulating your supporting bone

How long will my implant last?

Dental implants, when properly cared for with regular dental visits and good oral hygiene, can last for a lifetime. Please remember while the implant post may remain firmly anchored in your mouth, you may need to replace the restoration in the future if it breaks or wears out.

What needs to happen before I can receive an implant?

First, our dentists will need to meet with you and thoroughly examine your mouth. We will discuss your medical and dental history and check to make sure you have enough supporting bone structure to receive an implant. If you do not, we will recommend a bone grafting procedure prior to your implant placement to ensure you will have sufficient supporting bone in the treatment site. We will also check for any existing dental conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease. You will need to receive treatment for these problems before we can provide you with an implant.

What is an implant-supported denture?

An implant-supported denture is a type of restoration used to replace multiple teeth in a dental arch. It consists of a denture anchored in place with several implants, usually four, six or eight depending on your individual needs. Implant-supported dentures may be permanently fixed in your mouth or designed to snap on and off.

Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?

Nearly everyone is a candidate for implant dentistry. If you have a pre-existing dental condition or need to receive a bone graft, then you will need to have that taken care of before you can receive an implant, but otherwise you will mostly likely be able to receive an implant without difficulty. Please schedule an appointment with one of our dentists for more information.

How can I take care of my implant?

Implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth, and should be cared for in the same way. We recommend you brush at least twice each day, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly to receive professional care and any other treatments you may need.

Can any dentist give me a dental implant?

No. Dental implants need to be carefully placed in order to ensure the best results, and dentists require special training in order to successfully place implants. Periodontists and oral surgeons typically receive specialized training in implant dentistry, and some general dentists also complete the required training needed to perform implant placements. Check with your dentist to make sure that they have received this training prior to scheduling your implant placement.

How many appointments will I need to complete my implant treatment?

Each patient is unique, and the number of appointments needed will vary based on the number of teeth you are replacing, your oral health and medical history, the health of your supporting bone and the techniques and material used during your procedure. Some implant treatments can be completed in just a few appointments, while other treatments may take up to a year. We will be able to provide you with an estimated timeline for your treatment after your initial consultation.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

While the success of dental implants depends largely on your oral health and home care habits, implant treatments tend to be very effective, with general success rates of about 90-95%. If you are healthy and practice good oral hygiene at home, your implant will probably be successful.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of your dental implant will depend on the condition of your mouth, whether or not you need any additional treatments before your implant placement, the number of implants you are receiving and the type of restoration that will cap your implant post. After your initial consultation, we will provide you with an estimated treatment cost. We recommend you check with your insurance provider to verify your benefits and see how much of the cost they will cover.

Do all of Valley View Dental’s office offer implants?

Implant placements are offered only at our Romeoville location. However, all of our offices provide implant restorations. For more information, please contact our office and speak with a member of our team.