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Patient Stories: Dental Implants Changing Lives

Restoring smiles– returning optimal esthetics and function to teeth — is a distinction we value at UIC College of Dentistry. Restorative dental treatment can have a transformative impact on the lives of our patients because of the renewed confidence it provides. Our approach is comprehensive — we treat a wide variety of dental care needs, from simple tooth decay repair and single implants to the most complex full mouth implant prosthesis. We use the latest in digital dentistry tools and methods that provide the highest levels of precision and accuracy, and time-saving convenience. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your need for prosthodontics services.

We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their most natural looking smile with the highest level of function and comfort. We design and create solutions for each dental restorative issue, from the simple to the complex, with precision, skill and a high regard for esthetics, biocompatibility, and longevity.

A team of experts – all in one place

At UIC, you get a team of experts – all in one location – to save time and visits. Our dental team has specialized experience in prosthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, restorative and reconstructive oral care. We follow a collaborative approach to experty diagnose and treat each case with personalized attention to your specific needs. And, we take pride in handling the most complex cases referred from physicians across the country.

Dental Implants

Are you missing teeth? We can restore your confidence to eat, speak, and enjoy life with confidence.

smile-woman001.jpgThe next best thing to real teeth is a dental implant or multiple implants to bring back your healthy smile. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth so you can be confident in your smile. The actual dental implant is a tiny titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone where the tooth or multiple teeth are missing. Over several months, the titanium bonds with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for the new artificially implanted tooth. The dental implant also helps to preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. The implant itself is not visible, and over the course of three to six months, the bone and implant bond together, in a process called osseointegration. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, we will design the final replacement teeth, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. After this stage, we perform a second surgical procedure to attach a small post which serves as an anchor for the new artificial tooth.

When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them one of the best investments for long-term tooth replacement.

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Guided Restorative Surgery using 3D CAD/CAM Technology

Our team is specially trained in the most advanced techniques in guided restorative surgeries, using 3D CAD/CAM technology, which provides our patients with outstanding results in the shortest amount of time. Through the use of CAD/CAM technology, our dentists can plan and fabricate implants, crowns and other restorative treatments through digital modeling. For patients this means a more comfortable and time-saving dental experience. Procedures that used to require weeks and an outside dental laboratory are now possible in just a few days, or even on the same day. With the addition of digital impression systems, no longer do patients have to experience the mouth full of impression material formerly required for procedures such as crowns, bridges or dental implants.

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From: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons AAOMS More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They're a long-term solution that is imbedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. They even go your...

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