Planning and Placing Your Implants

The decision to place dental implants in your smile to restore missing teeth is an excellent choice and also one that requires a complex treatment plan. Unlike other prosthetics, implants requires advanced case planning. This is because implants are the only prosthetic to replace missing teeth that require surgical placement. Because everyone’s smile, jaw, and oral health is completely unique, we need to ensure we place the implants just right so they will best benefit your future smile for many years to come. Ready to find out more regarding what you can expect from planning and placement? Look over the following:

Your Treatment Plan

We will meet with you to discuss what you can expect from dental implants and to discuss your options regarding your teeth replacement desires. For instance, you may need or wish for single tooth replacement with an implant and a dental crown. Or, you may wish for implants that will support a larger device like a denture. Rest assured, an entire team of dental professionals, including an oral surgeon, restorative dentists, and a prosthodontist, will work closely to create a personalized treatment plan for your smile. We will create a strategy for the specific placement of the implant posts. In addition, we will rely on advanced imaging to verify your oral health. We may suggest bone grafting before placement to build up and strengthen a damaged jawbone.

Placing Your Implants

First, keep in mind that we will numb your oral tissues and make sure you are completely comfortable for your procedure. Your oral surgeon will create an incision in your gum tissue, through which we will place the dental implant. As the name suggests, the post will be surgically implanted into your jawbone. You will likely need to take a brief amount of time off of your regularly planned events, such as work, for initial recovery. Then, your gum tissue will continue to heal while the implant fuses with your jawbone over the course of several months.


Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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