Dental Implants Specialist

Philip Cook DDS LLC

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Wilmette, IL

Dental implants are among the most exciting innovations in restorative care in recent decades. Faced with one or more missing teeth, many residents from in and around Wilmette, Illinois, turn to Dr. Philip E. Cook and Dr. Philip M. Cook for dental implants. These permanent tooth replacements can restore both confidence and proper function. To learn more about dental implants, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an initial consultation today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements surgically positioned into your jawbone. There are two primary types of dental implants -- endosteal and subperiosteal -- and hundreds of brands, but Dr. Cook's office is committed to providing his patients with top of the line implant systems.

Endosteal implants

These implants are surgically placed directly into your jawbone. A post connects to the implant, and an artificial tooth is attached to the post.

Subperiosteal implants

These implants make use of a metal frame custom-fitted onto your jawbone, just under the surface of your gum tissue. That frame eventually affixes to your jawbone, after which posts are attached and eventually capped with one or more artificial teeth.

What are the steps involved in getting dental implants?

The process of getting dental implants requires multiple trips to Dr. Cook. The initial steps include a thorough dental exam and a determination about whether implants are right for you.

When the time comes to begin, Dr. Cook administers an anesthetic to help you remain comfortable during the procedure. He then makes a series of small incisions to gain access to your jawbone.

If your jawbone isn’t already relatively smooth and flat, Dr. Cook can use a special dental drill to reshape it to accept the implant. Next, he uses a series of drills in different diameters to create a hole where the implant goes. He also checks the alignment using a special pin.

Next, Dr. Cook inserts the implant into your jawbone. He then repositions your gum tissue around the implant and sutures it in place.

After a period of healing, you return to the office to have an abutment placed onto the implant. Dr. Cook then places the finished tooth restoration or crown onto this abutment.

What are the advantages of dental implants over other options?

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to lost or missing teeth. You don’t need to remove them for cleaning or eating, and they function the same way as natural teeth.

Also, dental implants mimic the same stimulation of your bone tissue as natural teeth. That’s an essential component in avoiding loss or deterioration of bone tissue, which can create several serious issues.