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Breese Dental Care, Il Dentist | Timothy H. Droege, DMD, Kasey Santel | 62230 | Implant treatment information

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small, 99.9% pure titanium threaded post that is coated with growth factors to help the surrounding bone grow onto the implant. Different components can be placed on top to meet different needs.

Why choose an implant?

Implants are our best restorative option to replace missing or failing teeth, or as an option to help support dentures. As long as the threaded post remains in the bone, the upper portion can be modified to suit new or changing needs.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who has missing or failing teeth, or a denture that they would like to secure is a potential candidate for implants. The main requirement for implants is the presence of enough bone to secure the implant. We offer free consultations to anyone interested in implants, including a 3D scan to measure the amount of bone.

How long can I wait?

If you like to gamble, you can wait. From the time teeth are extracted the bone begins to recede. Without the necessary bone, implants may not be an option in the future, or may require costly grafting procedures if at all possible. So why wait?

I have been missing this tooth for a while and the space doesn't bother me, why should I consider an implant?

Biting muscles have the same intensity when a tooth is missing. The same force that used to be spread out over all teeth is now being spread out over fewer teeth. While these effects may not be noticed early, over time they can lead to premature failure of other teeth, and possibly dentures.

What specialist do I need to see?

Hopefully none. Most implant procedures, including placement, are done here at Breese Dental Care. In some situations, a referral to a specialist may be required, but the majority of our implant procedures are performed in house.

How can implants benefit you?

  • Protect surrounding teeth from wear and tear
  • Enhance appearance
  • Improve denture wear, fit, and function
  • Restore the look and feel of natural teeth
  • Increase quality of life

What about timeframe?

Timeframe can be highly variable and is case by case. Placing stress on an implant prematurely can cause the implant to fail, and failure costs much more time in the long run. At Breese Dental Care we are devoted to getting implants we place to be fully accepted by the body before we place any strain on them. We believe in selectively and accurately placing our implants to minimize our chance of complications. We use our 3D technology to ensure measurable results, and an instrument that tells us when the implant is ready to restore. We are devoted to our process as it has proven to produce the best results for our patients. We are more than willing to explain all options to the best of our ability so our patients understand fully and make the best educated decision about their dental care.
Missing Teeth Dental Implants are prescribed to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
Implant Post Placement An implant post is surgically placed into the area where the tooth is missing. In a few months bone will fuse to the implant.
Customized crown or Bridge placed A customized crown or bridge is permanently cemented to the implant.
Dental Implant restored Dental Implants restore the natural beauty, function, and health of teeth.

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