Dental Implants Dixon, IL at Featherstone Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
With over 40,000 dental surgeries performed which includes over 12,000 dental implants Dixon IL placed, you can be confident that you will get high quality care from the team of professionals at Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, 629 North Galena Avenue, Dixon, IL. To schedule an evaluation to consider a dental implant, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or our clinic policies, contact us at 815-261-1739.
Dental Implants in Dixon
Our team at Featherstone appreciate the value of a smile. Your smile is the foundation for your personality. It does directly affect your self-esteem and your self-confidence. This is evident in your daily personal activities, your social circles, and even your professional encounters. In addition to having a negative impact on the aesthetic appearance of your smile, the loss of a tooth can also compromise your physical and oral health. Additional issues can develop such as jaw joint pain, the loss of bone, a change in your bite and your teeth to drift or shift. The loss of a tooth can also inhibit your ability to chew, bite and eat. Over time it might cause your face to sag, making you appear to be older. Dental implants are the new gold standard for the safe and effective treatment for patients who have lost a tooth or teeth, or for patients who are currently dissatisfied with their dentures. Dental implants provide a natural looking correction to lost teeth and will restore you back to normal functionality, preserving the health of your surrounding teeth, and reducing your risk of developing any of those additional oral health issues. Implants not only look natural, but they deliver natural pressures through chewing and biting. They also provide natural temperature sensations between cold and hot.
What to Expect During the Dental Implant Process
Before we begin the dental implant process, we will conduct a full dental and medical health history review to help determine the underlying reason why dental implants are even necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, TMJ, bone loss, signs of periodontal disease or oral cancer.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and we decide that dental implants are an appropriate treatment option for you, we will then take diagnostic exams (CT scan and X-Rays) to determine the precise placement of the implant. Once this is identified and the optimal location is marked, the procedure will begin with the administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation to numb the gums. A small surgical opening will give our dentist access to your jawbone. A hole is drilled in the jawbone to insert a titanium post. Now an important step, we wait. It may take several months for the post to fully integrate, or fuse with the jawbone (osseointegration). When that post has fused it acts like the root of a tooth delivering durability and strength. During this waiting period, a temporary crown is placed to reduce your risk of developing an infection and allow you to have a normal, healthy smile.
In some situations, two additional steps may be added. If you need a tooth extracted or if it is determined that your jawbone density needs a bone graft to accept the implant.
As soon as the jawbone has fully fused with the post an extension or abutment will be added, which will be necessary for the placement of the final ceramic or porcelain crown. We will evaluate the overall fit and appearance of the dental crown to ensure it matches aesthetically and provides you with optimal functional support. If the dental implant meets these criteria, the process will be complete, and you can begin to enjoy your new, healthy smile.
Aftercare Following Dental Implants
Following the placement of your dental implant(s), it is essential to follow any additional post-operative instructions provided by your Featherstone periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a healthy and quicker recovery.
To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
Avoid disturbing the wound.
Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
Eat soft foods for the first week or two and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
Avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours, after which you can resume gentle brushing. You can resume flossing your natural teeth after this period, but do not floss the dental implant. Moving forward, you should consider alternative flossing options for your dental implants, such as interdental brushes or oral irrigation.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a successful healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of having dental implants will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation was used in addition to the local anesthetic, how many implants are placed, what type of implants are used, any tooth extraction or bone grafting, how many visits are necessary to complete the procedure, and your dental insurance plan. We provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we will ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your initial appointment. We will provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any forms, receipts, or other information required by your insurance company. Once the insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be sent to you.
Please note: we do offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, a personal check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
Care You Can Trust for Dental implants Dixon
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at 629 North Galena Avenue, Dixon, IL, we are committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services to support your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying periodontal issues early and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer many surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible. Simply call 815-261-1739 today to have our staff review your dental implants dixon il options today.