Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best long-term solution for missing teeth. Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Here at McLean County Dental we can do single tooth implants, multiple implants, and full upper and lower placement of implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

Dental Implants are a definitive solution to missing teeth. While alternative procedures may be right for some patients, dental implants provide many benefits over the traditional tooth replacement options. Dental Implants can help prevent bone with missing teeth, they can last a lifetime, they look and feel like real teeth, and since they transfer pressure directly to the bone like natural teeth, they do not cause additional wear and tear on adjacent teeth. Patients who have had Dental Implants see an improvement in their overall health and are able to eat hard foods again.


Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.

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