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Implant Dentistry

The integrity of our teeth can play a major role in our confidence in a variety of activities, from laughing and smiling to eating and speaking. At Oak Lawn Smiles Family Dentistry, we are experienced with providing dental implants to patients seeking a permanent solution for their missing teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A standard dental implant has three parts: a titanium implant, an abutment, and a crown. The implant itself is inserted into the jawbone to provide a replacement for your tooth’s root structure. The titanium rod is then attached to an abutment, or connection point, and the dental crown is attached on top.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

For many people, dental implants provide a perfect solution for missing teeth. There are many bonuses to choosing dental implants over (or in combination with) other restorative procedures. Dental implants provide:

  • A permanent solution. Dental implantation is an irreversible procedure. Even if the crown becomes damaged, the implant will remain below.
  • Improve your overall health. Dental implants can help reduce your risk of periodontal (gum) disease, known to cause heart attacks, strokes, and other serious conditions.
  • Restored functionality. You will once again be able to eat all of your favorite foods, including foods like steak, apples, and corn on the cob.
  • A naturally beautiful appearance. Dental implants can be made to look just like your natural teeth, blending in with the rest of your smile for a flattering look.
  • Easy care regimen. Your dental implant can be treated the same as your other teeth, with twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and biannual visits to the dentist.
  • Solid and non-removable. Many people with dentures struggle to keep them in place and occasionally lose track of them entirely. Implants are not removable.

What to Expect

Before you can be approved for a dental implant, you will need to visit our office for a dental exam and assessment. You will discuss your dental health with our dentist, have x-rays taken, and receive a complete oral exam. If you are determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, we will set a date for your implant procedure. The implant procedure involves conducting surgery on the area and drilling a channel into your jawbone to support the implant. Once the implant is placed, initial recovery can take three or more weeks. Once your implant is fully fused to the bone (3-4 months), you will return and have an impression taken of the site. This will be used to create your final restoration. The final step includes screwing the restoration into place atop the abutment.

Determining Your Candidacy

Infographic describing the candidate requirements for dental implants

Dental Implants in Oak Lawn

Our dentist’s office in Oak Lawn is staffed by experienced and compassionate dental professionals. We can help you determine what will best suit your dental circumstances. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or reach out with any questions you need answered.

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What Our Patients Say

I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.
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Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!
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I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!
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I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.
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I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.
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The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.
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I love coming to this clinic because they always greet you when you come in and make you feel welcome. They are always running on time, which is great because I have to get to work as soon as possible. My daughter likes coming here too and she used to be afraid of going to the dentist.

Susan W.

Our family has enjoyed visiting Oak Lawn Smiles since we moved to the area. We all agree it is great having a perfectionist for a dentist. Thanks for all your care!

Chuck K.

I would have to say that I highly recommend the friendly staff at the office Oak Lawn Smiles. The staff is Awesome!

Laurie

I've always hated the dentist, but this place is awesome! First off, the staff is so great and welcoming. They made me feel 100% comfortable even though I was in a lot of pain and was honestly really nervous since it's been a while that I've seen the dentist. Dr. Theresa is by far the most personable and non judgmental dentist I've ever seen. She kept me informed the entire time during the visit and kept me calm. Love this place, maybe going to the dentist from now on won't be so stressful after all.

Nicki F

I had my best experience I've ever had at a dentist here at Oak Lawn Smiles. The whole office is modern and the staff is very friendly! My dentist was very conservative with her approach on what to do with my situation. 10/10 would recommend to other people to check this place out.

Andrew J

The team at Oak Lawn Smiles is the best! Amazing experience and great dentistry. Root canals are painless here! Place is exactly what you want when searching for healthcare.

Terri L