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Choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision. It's natural to have questions about the type of care you will receive, your insurance benefits, your treatment options, and the services we offer. Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you do not see yours listed here, just give us a call or contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implants are a safe, permanent tooth replacement procedure. In fact, tooth implants have a very high success rate. If you are at high risk for surgery, your Springfield IL dentist will go through any potential complications. Any allergies to metals like copper, zinc, lead, iron, or nickel will not be an eligible candidate for dental implants. Good candidates for tooth implants have healthy gums and enough bone density to support the dental implant. Patients with gum disease or decay must first be treated before going through with dental implants.
Tooth Replacement Option in Springfield
Dental implants are considered a great alternative to dentures or bridgework since they don't slip or cause bone damage. As with any invasive surgery, dental implant surgery can have some health risks. Although rare, these risks can be easily treated if they do occur. Risks include:
- Infection around the implant
- Injury or damage to surrounding teeth
- Nerve damage to your teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Sinus issues
Dental Implant Process
The entire process can take up to six months, most of that time is dedicated to healing and allowing the implant to anchor to the jawbone. Pain medication or antibiotics might be necessary after the dental implant procedure. Any pain or swelling that does not go away should be looked at by your oral surgeon.
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Risks are always inherent in any medical procedure, but with tooth implant surgery, the risks are low. Any signs of pain, swelling, or infection can be treated immediately by our Springfield IL dental team. At Ruggless Dental, we prioritize safety and promote excellent oral health of all our patients. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!
When planning for dental implant restorations in our Springfield, IL dental office, we work closely with some of the area’s finest oral surgeons, who will place your dental implant in the ideal location for outstanding results.
Implants Restore Missing Teeth
With a success rate of more than 95 percent, dental implants are one of the most reliable and long-term ways to replace a missing tooth in the wake of extraction or accident that causes the loss of your natural tooth.
Dental Implants Process in Springfield, IL
To create your dental implant crown with the proper size and shape, we will need to take impressions of your tooth and bite. We will use this information to create a dental implant crown out of porcelain or ceramic that fits perfectly with your teeth and bite.
Dental implants crowns sit on top of an attachment, called an abutment, that screws into the top of your dental implant. Abutments determine the angle at which your crown will sit in relation to your other teeth. This helps ensure that your bite and smile are properly aligned.
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Of course, Dr. Shane Ruggless will also ensure that the shade and coloring of your dental crown blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. No one will see your dental implant, just your smile, which is why so many of our patients opt for dental implant restoration in our Springfield, IL dental office!
The first and most conservative step we recommend at Ruggless Dental is for a patient to whiten their teeth using Zoom whitening. If spacing or misaligned teeth are the issues then we recommend a consultation to see if the patient is a candidate for Invisalign. Dental crowns and veneers are another option to help shape and brighten a patient's smile, see our Smile Gallery for before and after photos of some porcelain crown cases. Missing teeth can also be fixed with a bridge or dental implants.
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Losing a tooth due to trauma, deep cavities, or periodontal disease leads into the conversation of what the options are to replace the tooth once it’s gone. The options involve removable appliances or something that is fixed in the mouth. If you are considering a fixed solution, it will come down to two options: bridge vs. an implant.
An implant is a threaded titanium post that is placed into the jaw where the bone will integrate around it. Once the implant is healed an abutment and crown can be attached to the dental implant. This implant crown will look and function like the rest of the teeth in your mouth. The biggest positive in choosing an implant versus a bridge is that we do not have to drill on the adjacent tooth to accomplish our goal of tooth replacement. However, in most cases, the implant process will cost slightly more than a bridge, and will take longer to complete versus doing a dental bridge.
Before dental implants, dental bridges had been the go-to procedure for tooth replacement and can provide excellent results. The procedure involves shaping down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This then allows a dental crown to go on the two shaped teeth with a third dental crown anchored in the middle. It essentially is three crowns connected together that fill the space of the missing tooth. A bridge over an implant makes sense when there isn’t adequate bone for an implant to be placed, health concerns with placing an implant, or if the adjacent teeth already require major work.
Restorative Dentistry in Springfield, IL
Each patient and scenario is unique when deciding your options on tooth replacement. If you are missing a tooth and/or teeth, or know you will be losing a tooth soon, contacting a dentist to discuss options is the best place to start. If you are seeking a dental office who has experience in both dental bridges and dental implants, contact Ruggless Dental today - your Springfield IL dental office.