What are dental implants?

If you have damaged, broken, or missing teeth, and are looking for the perfect solution to give you a beautiful smile, then dental implants may be right for you. At East Peoria Dental we offer many different restorative procedures, but one of the most common is dental implants. Implants are a permanent solution, and are durable and reliable.

Implants function like our natural teeth, and allow patients to eat and speak normally. They are comfortable in the mouth and look natural.

Implants act as an artificial tooth root and are made of a durable material called titanium. They act similar to a screw that is placed in the jawbone. The implant provides the base for one or more artificial teeth known as crowns. In order to ensure proper support for the implant is present, the patient must have enough bone in the jaw. As part of our evaluation, we will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants properly. If needed, bone grafting can be done where synthetic bone is added to the area to provide the needed support.

Healing time is required to allow the bone to fuse to the implant. This process is called osseointegration, and this creates a strong base for the implant. This process allows the implant to function like a natural tooth in the mouth.

Once the healing process is complete, a connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. Custom crowns are made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be used until the permanent crowns are ready.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Preserves the natural bone in the mouth and helps to stimulate new bone growth.
  • Provides long term value financially.
  • Implants are permanent and do not click or slip like other solutions such as dentures or bridges.
  • Implants look and feel natural in the mouth.
  • With proper care and good oral hygiene, implants can last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implant, and how they can benefit you, contact East Peoria Dental to schedule your appointment.

Is Invisalign faster than braces?

Invisalign is a great alternative to braces that uses clear, BPA free aligners that are worn for a specific period of time to straighten crooked or uneven teeth.

The clear aligners are smooth and comfortable, and they can be removed for cleaning and eating easily.

Typically, the aligners are worn anywhere between 20-22 hours a day, and this varies per patient. Depending on the level of correction needed, Invisalign can take anywhere between 6-18 months to correct teeth.

Many wonder if Invisalign is a faster treatment compared to braces. The average time for Invisalign is right in line with the length of time braces are typically worn. In some instances, Invisalign is worn for a shorter amount of time compared to braces, so this treatment can be faster in some cases.

Our team at East Peoria Dental will meet with each patient to get to know them and discuss their goals. We want to make sure each patient is comfortable with the treatment chosen, and knows what to expect every step of the way. Molds, photos, and x-rays will be taken to help build a customized treatment plan for each patient.

We want our patients to be excited about the process towards straighter teeth and a beautiful smile.

If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact East Peoria Dental to schedule your appointment.

How often should you go to the dentist?

In order to keep up with your oral health, attending regularly scheduled dental cleanings is important. Dental cleanings help keep our teeth and gums free of bacteria and disease.

Regular dental cleanings remove the sticky layer of bacteria and plaque that builds up over time on our teeth and gums. To help at home, brushing and flossing is a great way to prevent the bacteria build up, but doing this cannot remove all of the bacteria and plaque like a dental cleaning can.

At East Peoria Dental, we recommend that our patients have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year. This helps to remove plaque, prevents gum disease, and allows us to keep an eye on your teeth, gums and mouth for any more serious issues. Our dental visits help to spot any issues such as cavities, receding gums, and oral cancer.

Our skilled staff will use special tools in order to clean your teeth and gums. If needed, x-rays will be taken and the dentist will meet with you to discuss the health of your teeth and gums. If any further treatment is needed, the dentist will discuss those details as well.

Regular dental visits are a great way to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling healthy. Most insurance companies will cover dental cleanings twice a year. It is important to check with your insurance company to understand your coverage before you schedule your cleaning.

If you are interested in scheduling your next dental cleaning, contact East Peoria Dental today.

How long is a dentist appointment?

Many patients attend regular dental visits twice a year to get their teeth cleaned and evaluated. This ensures their teeth and gums are kept healthy and feeling great. Maintaining our oral health is extremely important to help avoid more serious issues such as gum disease.

On average, our dental cleaning process takes around 30-45 minutes, but this depends on the condition of the patient’s teeth. Other treatment appointments may take longer depending on what is needed.

During the cleaning the sticky layer of bacteria and plaque will be removed using dental tools, and x-rays will be taken if needed. Our skilled team will ensure your mouth is free from any bacteria and plaque. X-rays will be carefully reviewed to help our team customize your cleaning needs.

Our goal is to get to know our patients and form a relationship. We want our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed when they enter our office. We know your time is valuable, and we strive to give you quality service in a reasonable amount of time.

Regular dental visits are so important to keep up with our oral health. Our team at East Peoria Dental will go above and beyond to ensure each patient has the best experience.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental cleaning services, contact East Peoria Dental to schedule your appointment.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

Implants help replace missing teeth and give patients that beautiful white smile they have always wanted. Implants are one of the most popular dental restoration procedures done today. At East Peoria Dental, we offer our patients a few different dental implant procedures, so they can choose the best one that fits their needs.

Traditional Dental Implants:

Traditional dental implants take multiple appointments, and are used for patients that have cracked, missing, or broken teeth. Implants typically have two steps in the process. The first step is to place the implant in the jawbone. After this is complete there is a healing process that must take place so the implant has time to fuse to the jawbone.

Part of our evaluation is to determine if each patient has enough bone in the jaw present to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients the additional support needed. Bone grafting is an additional step that is done if required.

The healing process with dental implants takes a few months, and this varies per patient. Once the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office. An abutment or connector is used, and is placed on top of the implant. A crown that is custom made to match the shape, color, and size of your tooth is affixed securely to the implant. Temporary crowns may be used until the permanent crown is ready to be installed.

Implants are a permanent and reliable tooth restoration solution for patients. They are built to last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime if cared for properly. Good oral hygiene is recommended with regular dental visits to our office to keep your implants looking and feeling great. On average implants take anywhere between four to six months to fully heal.

Teeth in a Day:

Teeth in a Day is another option offered at East Peoria Dental. Teeth in a Day are dental implants that can be completed in one appointment. Traditionally dental implants take multiple appointments, but this option can give patients a bright white smile in one day. The lab equipment is located in our office, and our skilled doctors can place the implant while you are comfortably sedated and relaxed.

This option involves four implants that are placed in the top or bottom of your mouth. With Teeth in a Day, implants are not needed for each tooth. Temporary crowns are used until the permanent crowns are installed. This option is growing in popularity and is a great choice for patients that want a quicker less invasive process.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, contact East Peoria Dental to schedule your appointment.

How long do dental implants last?

Implants are the leading solution for patients looking for a beautiful natural looking smile. Implants are permanent, and give patients the look and feeling of natural teeth.

Dental Implants are made of titanium and are built to last. On average, implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if they are taken care of properly. They are durable and long lasting, making implants a great choice for many patients.

Not only do implants last, but they provide many additional benefits to patients. They are comfortable in the mouth, and allow patients to eat and speak easily. Dental implants function just like natural teeth, and allow patients to live a normal lifestyle.

Caring for dental implants is easy and is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Goof oral hygiene is recommended along with regular dental visits to make sure your dental implants stay in great condition.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Implants provide a permanent solution for patients. They are anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots, and this makes them extremely durable.
  • There is no cleaning or soaking required with implants. They are permanent and cannot be removed like other dental solutions.
  • Bone grafting can be done if the patient does not have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants.
  • Implants function like natural teeth and can last for many years, or a lifetime if cared for properly.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, contact East Peoria Dental to schedule your appointment.

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