Dental implants represent one of the greatest advancements in dentistry in my career. Implants are made of titanium, the same material used for most artificial joints such as hips and knees. They have a proven track record of success over more than 40 years. In the past twenty years they have become a commonly utilized option for restoring teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, support a fixed bridge, secure a removable denture or replace teeth in an entire arch utilizing 4-6 implants. For fixed into place restorations attached to implants they offer great security, function and esthetics as close to natural teeth that we have to offer.
To determine if you would be a candidate for implants, usually a 3-D CT scan of the jaw bone structure is performed. From the scan it can be determined if there is adequate bone to secure the implant(s) in the desired locations for the final prosthesis. Location to critical structures, in the area of the implant, such as sinus cavities and nerves in the area also has to be known so they can be avoided during the placement. Once the implant is placed, the bone then integrates around the implant securing it in place.
We have successfully teamed up with a select group of oral surgeons and periodontists to perform the surgical phase, placement of the implant. Together, we meet and treatment plan the desired placement sites to obtain the best possible result in the final prosthesis. We often provide placement guides or guides are made based on the 3-D CT scan to facilitate the placement in the desired location at time of surgery. The surgeon, either periodontist or oral surgeon, then monitors the healing process. The feedback I receive from the patient is that the implant surgery is less uncomfortable than having a tooth removed.
Once healing is complete, the patient returns to our office to complete the restoration process. The restoration process usually goes quite smoothly because of the advanced planning done prior to starting and the excellent surgeons we team up with.
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New patients are always welcome to stop by our office to meet our team or schedule an appointment by calling 815-385-0777. Advanced dental equipment, the experience of our Dentist Dr. James A. Hasken, and the skills of our staff have helped us in successfully treating oral problems in many of our patients who visit us from different parts of McHenry and Crystal Lake.