Dental Implants, Naperville IL
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown.
To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant. Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth .
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Scherer is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of 3 months of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Scherer performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Are you one of the many people living with missing teeth? Contact us today to setup a dental implants consultation!
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
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Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center
Our Latest Patient Testimonial
Dr. Scherer and his staff are phenomenal. I went in to a procedure (implant placement with sinus bump) pretty nervous (more than I thought I would be), but Maria and Dr. Scherer immediately put my fears to rest through their wonderful dispositions, and positive chairside manners. The staff is very congnizant of the feelings of their patients and they put those needs first. Dr. Scherer talked me through what to expect and would communicate to me when needed throughout the procedure. Maria was a wonderful support through the entire procedure! Ray made a follow-up phone call that evening to check in on recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Scherer and his staff for any oral surgery needs!
- Erin D
Our Latest Patient Testimonial
If you need an implant, look no further than Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center. You will be greeted by friendly staff, offered coffee, tea, hot chocolate or water and a seat in a lovely waiting room where you won't wait long before you will meet with the warm professional staff. My implant was completed quickly with virtually no pain. Dr. Scherer and his staff are truly professional!
- Joyce F
Our Latest Patient Testimonial
You have a very efficient operation plus all the staff I interacted with were friendly, compassionate and competent. Probably the best thing I can say is that I trust you, which is extremely important in situations like this when we are vulnerable. After my initial evaluation, which is complementary, Dr. S. referred me to Physical Therapy. This goes above and beyond what I expected. Thank You!
- Cheryl H
I thought Dr. Scherer did a great job
I had the dental implant put in yesterday at 6PM and just one day later I wouldn't even know I had a dental procedure just 24 hours earlier. I have no pain, no bleeding, no tenderness in my mouth. I'm impressed with how well it is going. Thanks!
- Jeff O
Turned a fearful experience into something positive
Turned a fearful experience into something positive. All your people skills are amazing! The whole staff was outstanding, caring, and compassionate!
- Emelie E
This experience was beyond my wildest dreams
I used to think twice before I would go out in public. I was always thinking of how I was going to eat and look. Based on my dentist's recommendation, I researched and thought this dental implant All on 4 procedure is what I needed since I couldn't stand to remove my false teeth at bedtime. I would recommend this procedure to my friends and family. This experience was beyond my wildest dreams, I had no pain at all and I never even took an Aspirin! I had a very pleasant experience here.
- Richard K
You really put me at ease early on
I just wanted to send a thank you to all of you at the office. If you remember I let you know what a big chicken I was already about dental issues, and to go to a new dentist just freaks me out. You really put me at ease early on. I also felt the same when I met Dr. Scherer, and I am so glad I was referred to your office. Everyone from the ladies in reception, to all of the other staff I had contact with, were all just wonderful. Of course on the day of the surgery I was pretty much a basket case and everyone was great, they really helped me calm down a tiny little bit ;). Another amazing thing about this practice is that everyone was on time for my consultation visit and the surgery. And come on, that rarely happens these days. I truly cannot say enough good things about all of you. Please keep up the good work, and I'm certain you will have more satisfied patients.
- Myra R
Great experience; glad to have such professional care.
- Byron T