Dental Implants

Dental implants can be your solution for missing, damaged or infected teeth

If you have missing teeth, wear dentures or are thinking about getting dentures, you should consider dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement solution. Implants have many advantages over dentures, most of all; they are permanent and the next best thing to having your natural teeth.

The process of getting implants requires several steps and can take several months, with healing time in between each part of the procedure. First, the actual implants are placed in your jaw. These are small posts that are made of titanium and resemble screws. Titanium is an extremely durable metal, and in time, these posts will fuse to the bones in your jaw and become permanent. After a period of healing, the next step involves attaching the crowns to the implants.

“A horse kicked my mouth and I lost a few teeth. I’ve spent the last decade of my life with huge dental concerns, and they were all eliminated with this procedure. I’ve been to a lot of dentists but the care that I received here is just unparalleled. Thank you, Dr. Chehayeb!”

– Donna, Woodridge, DC

Donna waited for nearly ten years before seeking help for her missing teeth. “Why I waited that long, I’ll never know. I think the trauma from my accident prevented me from seeking help. More than that, I felt so embarrassed about my teeth.”

She finally reached out to Berkshire Family Dental after not being able to comfortably wear her partial dentures anymore. Dr. Chehayeb discussed the possibility of dental implants with her. These permanent tooth replacements were the answer Donna was looking for.

“Dr. Chehayeb made the process so much simpler than I thought. I’m so excited to not have painful partial dentures anymore that just didn’t fit my smile. And most of all—I’m not embarrassed of my teeth. I’m thrilled with what he did!”

Caring for implants is as easy and brushing and flossing. You should always use plastic instruments, like picks, with implants, because metal can scratch the crowns. Regular dental checkups are important for people who wear implants. Even though the teeth are artificial, gum problems can still occur with implants, and regular checkups will ensure that the implants and the crowns are in good condition.

Not everyone can get dental implants. In order for them to be successful, a patient must have enough bone in their jaw for the posts to be implanted into. When you lose teeth, the bone in your jaw immediately begins to deteriorate. If you’ve been without teeth for a long time, it’s possible that you do not have enough bone left for implants. A thorough dental examination is necessary for our dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. Your medical history will also be examined, because people with some health problems may be likely to have implant failure.