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Broken or missing teeth are more than a minor inconvenience. When a lost tooth is not replaced, it can lead to problems with chewing and speaking. It can also cause the jawbone to deteriorate faster. This deterioration increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. 

Dental implants have become the go-to option for tooth replacement, with 1.9 million Americans getting one or more implants each year. Below are the answers to five common questions about the implant procedure. Read them all to decide if the procedure is right for you.

The highly-trained dental implant professionals at EON Clinics perform oral surgeries on patients throughout the Chicago area and southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. Schedule a free consultation online today or call us at 844-365-7645 for answers to more questions about dental implants.

1. Is a Dental Implant Right for Me? 

There are several tooth replacement options, including dentures. It’s important to ask your dentist whether a dental implant is right for you. Dental implants are ideal for patients who want the look and feel of natural teeth. Healthy gums and jaws are needed to support an implant. Your dentist or periodontist will make this determination. They will also ask about your medical history and lifestyle habits to ensure you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

2. Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are one of the safest and most effective dental procedures available. For the best results, you’ll want to consult with an oral surgeon or a periodontist who specializes in conditions affecting the gums and jaws, including periodontal disease. EON Clinics provides a free consultation to prospective patients. At the consultation, you will have an opportunity to meet with one of our prosthodontists, oral surgeons, or periodontists.

At your consultation, a thorough examination of your teeth and gums is necessary to assess oral health. The periodontist will about your health and medical history to reduce the risk of complications during the procedure. The periodontist will also address your questions and concerns to make sure you’re comfortable with the process. 

3. What is Your Experience with Dental Implants?

Many patients are afraid of asking about their doctor’s credentials. An experienced dentist or periodontist will be more than happy to talk about their qualifications. This is important with oral surgery procedures, which require several years of specialized training.

Many of the doctors at EON Clinics are board-certified in periodontics and/or oral and maxillofacial surgery and leaders in implant dentistry techniques and research. In fact, our dental implant success rate exceeds 98%, higher than the national average.

4. How Long Will the Process Take?

Placing a single implant takes around 30 minutes, but it may take between three and six months for the implant to fuse with the jaw bone. Once your prosthodontist or periodontist determines the implant site has healed, a crown or artificial tooth is fitted over the implant.

5. How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper oral hygiene and regular dental appointments, your implants should last you a lifetime. Proper hygiene includes brushing and flossing twice a day, the same as you would for your natural teeth. Depending on your lifestyle habits and family history, your periodontist may recommend additional measures to make the procedure successful.

Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists

If you still have questions after reading this article, the highly-trained dental professionals at EON Clinics can help. We serve patients throughout Chicagoland, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana. Schedule a free consultation online today or call us at 844-365-7645.