Missing teeth can impact your appearance and your oral function. But without the tooth root, the strength of jawbone can become compromised over time. You can take the first step toward a complete and healthy smile with an appointment with our dentists for dental implant placement in Palatine, Illinois. If you would like to meet with Dr. George Skoog or Dr. Alla Shtilman to see if this treatment is right for you, contact the team at Advocate Dental of Palatine at 847-359-8732.

The process of receiving your dental implant is split into two stages, and your implant placement is the first step, during which our dentists will surgically place the implant post into your jawbone. This small screw, known as an implant post and typically made of a titanium or other biocompatible material, fulfills the duties that your natural tooth root would. These duties include stimulating your jawbone to prevent future bone loss and anchoring the visible crown of your tooth, in this case, your prosthetic crown replacement, for years to come. When you visit our office for your implant placement surgery, we will do our best to ensure the entire experience is simple and comfortable, and we will provide you with post-operation instructions to help you through the healing process.

A short healing period is required after your implant placement. This time allows your mouth to heal from the surgery and your implant post to integrate with your jawbone in a process known as “osseointegration.” Once you have fully healed, our skilled dentists will help you design the implant restoration that will sit on top of your implant post and replace the visible part of your missing tooth or teeth.

Depending on the health of your smile, our team may recommend that you receive a bone grafting treatment or address pre-existing conditions, such as periodontal disease, prior to your implant placement. This will help us ensure that your implant post can successfully serve you for the rest of your lifetime.

To learn more about the implant placement process, and to speak with our team about whether a dental implant is the right solution for your smile, call our office and schedule your consultation today.