John D. Luker, DDS
997 Clocktower Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 546-8330



By Luker Dental Care
November 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost one, some or all your teeth, dental implants may be your tooth replacement solution. Your dentist, Dr. John Luker, provides patients these modern prosthetics in his West Springfield, IL, office. Patients recover their oral function, appearance and self-confidence. Let Luker Dental Care show you how dental implants could benefit you.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a medical device made of natural titanium. Screw-shaped, it replaces a real tooth root after dental extraction, providing support for a metal post and customized porcelain crown.

In his West Springfield, IL, office, your dentist also places multiple dental implants for patients who need bridgework or full or partial dentures. These prosthetics provide natural biting and chewing, and they avoid the facial changes and speech slurring so common with conventional tooth replacements.

What are their other benefits?

The benefits are numerous, but the most important is osseointegration. As soon as your dentist inserts your implant into your jaw, it begins bonding to the bone. This slow but sure process takes months, but it ensures a strong and stable anchor for your crown, or in the case of several implants, your denture.

Most patients report their implants feel totally natural. Plus, they appear just like your other healthy teeth.

Can I receive dental implants?

Your exam and X-ray scans will tell you and Dr. Luker if you are. You need enough bone in your jaw to support implant screws. You should be in good overall health.

Plus, it helps to be a non-smoker. Tobacco often degrades implant sites quickly, causing peri-implantitis, an infection similar to advanced gum disease.

How can I keep my implants for life?

The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA) says most dental implants function for decades. However, good oral hygiene habits at home and dental care in our dental office--are key.

Be sure to address any problems you have with teeth clenching and grinding. Dr. Luker can recommend a bite guard to protect your teeth at night.

Making the decision

If you'd like to pursue the benefits of dental implants, phone Dr. John Luker at Luker Dental Care for an in-depth consultation. Your dentist will give you the information you need to decide what's best for your smile. Phone us in West Springfield, IL, at (217) 546-8330.