Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has made dental implants a cornerstone of our practice. Each year, our doctors replace hundreds of damaged and missing teeth with natural-looking, durable restorations. We also use the treatment to improve the fit and function of dentures.
Peoria, Galesburg, and Central Illinois patients choose AOS for dental implants because we:
- Are specialists with years of practice in the procedure.
- Have resources that make the experience convenient, safe, and comfortable.
- Participate in ongoing skill development and leadership in implant techniques.
As a patient, you will receive care from our specialists in oral surgery as well as your restorative dentist. The AOS implant center will coordinate your appointments so that you have both quality treatment and most convenient experience possible.
The Purpose of Dental Implants
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root. Positioned within the jaw and below the gum line, the implant connects to a single crown, a set of crowns, dentures, or a custom framework that supports a full arch of teeth.
A dental implant is often more durable than other restorations because it rebuilds the tooth from the root up. Alternatives such as bridges rely on reshaping and connecting to adjacent teeth. This can diminish the strength of the teeth and lead to future dental treatments. As a result, dental implants may be more cost effective over the long term.
The treatment also helps to conserve bone, which may otherwise erode and create a gap between the gums and the new tooth. As a result, dental implants promote a more natural and aesthetically appealing appearance. Many of the patients treated by AOS at our Peoria, and Galesburg locations say that family and friends couldn’t tell the difference between the restoration and their natural teeth.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
You are missing a tooth or several teeth.
You have teeth that require extraction.
Your dentures are not working well or fitting comfortably.
You prefer a solution that is long-lasting, natural-looking, and fully functional.
AOS’ Approach to Dental Implants
The implant center at AOS manages the care patients from all over central Illinois who are treated at our Peoria, and Galesburg locations, making treatment with dental implants simple and convenient.
Start by scheduling an appointment with our practice. During your visit, your AOS doctor will assess the area of concern and evaluate your needs. For example, if you have lost a tooth recently and require a replacement, your treatment will differ from a patient who has had a missing tooth for a number of years and may have experienced bone loss.
Following your assessment, your doctor will prepare an individualized treatment plan and share the timeline for your care. Our practice believes that specialits in each area should perform your dental work to provide the optimal outcome, which is why:
- Our specialists in oral and maxillofacial procedures will plan and place your dental implants.
- Your restorative doctor will fabricate and attach the new teeth or dentures.
- The implant center will coordinate each visit and be your single point of contact.
Dental Implant Process
Consultation and Initial Evaluation
An in-depth examination will determine candidacy and the type of restoration needed.
Extractions and Bone Grafting
In some cases, damaged teeth will be removed to make space for the implant in the jaw, and a bone graft will be placed to make the jaw bone strong enough to support the implant.
Small incisions are made to place the implant directly into the gums and jawbone.
Over a period of four to six months, the surgical site is allowed to heal, and the implant can fuse with surrounding jaw bone tissue.
The gums will be reopened to expose the dental implant and attach the abutment before the gum is closed around the abutment.
A fitted crown is permanently screwed into the implant abutment.
What to Expect with Dental Implants for Crowns
Patients treated in our Peoria, Galesburg and facilities may have several different treatments as part of their dental implant procedure, including:
Extraction of existing teeth.
Bone grafting to strengthen the implant sites.
Placement of the dental implants.
Whether and when you receive these treatments will depend on your needs. For example, some patients lack the bone tissue to support implants and require extensive grafts that will need time to heal. However, in many cases, AOS doctors can extract teeth, add grafts, and place dental implants in a single visit. The majority of these procedures can be performed at our Peoria and Galesburg locations.
Before you receive dental implants, AOS will use 3D modeling to plan their placement. Your doctor will duplicate the model’s position, depth, and other features in the surgery. This precision leads to longer-lasting, more natural-looking outcomes.
During the procedure to place your dental implants:
You will receive safe and monitored anesthesia.
Our surgeons are skilled in multiple anesthetic protocols and will keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. Anesthesia services are offered at our Peoria and Galesburg facilities.
Your doctor can replace as few or as many teeth as necessary.
Even patients who are restoring the entire arch of teeth may only require 4-6 implants (“All-on-4®“).
You’ll never have to go without teeth.
Your doctor will attach a healing cap or a temporary set of teeth to the dental implants.
Expect to return to our practice at two weeks and again about 10 weeks after your procedure. At the final appointment, your AOS doctor often will obtain a digital impression for the restorative doctor. This will give your dentist everything necessary to create your new teeth. When these restorations are ready, your restorative doctor will connect them to the dental implants, completing the treatment.
What to Expect with Dental Implants
If your dentures do not fit comfortably, strategically placed dental implants can create a better connection between them and your gums and eliminate the need for denture adhesives.
In this approach, your AOS doctor will place implants in the lower and / or upper jaw, and these will attach to the dentures. The procedure will depend on your needs and preferences:
- You may require bone grafting to add strength and stability to the area receiving implants.
- In the upper arch, your doctor will place four or more implants. In the lower arch, you will receive two or more dental implants.
- Patients typically choose either snap-on adapters that retain the dentures or milled bars that add stability and strength to the denture.
The process and treatment schedule are similar to those of standard dental implants. You’ll return for follow-up visits to our Peoria, Galesburg offices, which our implant center will help you schedule. Our office will also coordinate with your restorative doctor in the creation of your new dentures, which he or she will attach in your final appointment. As a result of the procedure, you can expect a more stable bite, better fit, and more natural-looking smile.
If you have missing or damaged teeth or dentures that don’t feel comfortable in your mouth, schedule a consultation for dental implants. Contact our offices in Peoria and Galesburg today.