Dental Implants

Dental Implant

Dental Implants Specialist in Chicago, IL

Thousands of Americans are missing one or more teeth and searching for a reliable way to replace them. Over the last several decades, dental implants have become a popular and effective alternative. At Millennium Park Oral Surgery, we have dedicated oral surgeons with years of experience placing various types of dental implants. 

If you need one or more teeth replaced, consider dental implants from Millenium Park Oral Surgery.

What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are small metal posts inserted into the jawbone below the gum line. These medical devices resemble a natural tooth in function and appearance. They have a titanium screw that acts like the tooth root and holds it into place, so no shifting, sliding, or moving around. 

Eventually, an artificial tooth or denture can be placed on the top to close a space. The bone grows around the metal implant (called osseointegration) to support eating and speaking. 

Types of Dental Implants

There are two primary types of dental implants. Your jawbone shape, size, and overall health factor into the type of dental implant you are eligible for. 

Endosteal Implants 

Titanium screws that are surgically embedded into your bone where there are missing teeth. 

Subperiosteal Implants

Rather than being placed into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are positioned on the jawbone. A metal framework with bars sticks through the gum to support artificial teeth. 

Planning for an Implant 

Because implants may involve multiple surgeries, each patient must be evaluated. This process includes:

  • A comprehensive examination
  • X-rays, 3D images, impressions, and stone models 
  • A medical history review
  • A treatment plan tailored to your unique situation.

Our surgeons consider how many teeth need to be replaced along with the condition of your jawbone.  

Immediate placement of your implant occurs when there is enough existing bone to support it after the extraction. Having teeth extracted and an implant placed during the same appointment is possible. Your Millennium Park oral surgery team will determine if you are a candidate. Osseointegration typically takes 3-6 months. After healing is complete, the restoration can be placed on top.

What To Expect During Surgery 

Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient procedure but is not completed in one office visit. It is a series of appointments with stages of healing in between. During the surgical procedure, your surgeon cuts your gum tissue open where the implant will be. 

A hole is drilled into the jawbone, and the titanium post for the dental implant is placed. Osseointegration begins as soon as the screw is situated. Once osseointegration has finished several weeks later, another surgery is required. 

Potential Risks Involved With Dental Implants

Like any dental or medical procedure, there are risks involved. Although they are rare, they do happen. Potential complications include:

  • Damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
  • Infection at the implant site 
  • Sinus problems
  • Nerve damage, leading to pain, numbness, or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips, or chin
  • Implant failure

In some cases, bone and metal implants don’t integrate, requiring them to be removed. Once the site has healed, a new implant can be placed.

Experienced Oral Surgeons for Dental Implants 

Dental implants are an excellent option to replace missing teeth and restore function to your mouth. It is a complex procedure and takes several months to complete, requiring the skills and knowledge of an experienced oral surgeon. Contact Millennium Oral Surgery to learn more about our surgeons and dental implants. 


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Chicago, IL 60602

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