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Woman With Dental ImplantsWhat's the best way to transform a smile with a missing tooth? Today's superior tooth replacement option is the dental implant. Expertly placed by your dentists in Des Plaines, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise', implants imitate real teeth in appearance, function and stability. Why settle for less?

The amazing dental implant

We don't exaggerate. Dental implants really are amazing. Of course, healthy natural teeth are tops in every way. However, sometimes tooth loss happens, causing unsightly gaps, poor oral function, deteriorated bone and gums and yes, embarrassment. Dental implants change all that as they are firmly inserted into the jaw and meld with the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Time and use increase the bone width and density, and the patient experiences a tooth replacement that seems fully natural. Your Des Plaines dentists use dental implants to anchor fixed bridgework and full dentures, too.

The single-tooth implant

You qualify for one if you have enough bone in your jaw as determined by visual examination, and X-rays. With a solid foundation in place, Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise' places the implant device into the jawbone and sutures the gums closes so the site heals properly over the next several weeks to months.

When you return to Suburban Family Dental, your doctor will open the site again and bond a metal alloy post and porcelain crown onto the exposed implant. Then, your implant is ready for full use.

Implant care post procedure is very important. Your daily routine must include:

  • Brushing with a soft toothbrush--either manual or electric--twice a day
  • Flossing once a day with unwaxed floss
  • Twice yearly examinations and cleanings at Suburban Family Dental.

Learn more
Transform your smile with dental implants from Dr. Dziubyk and Dr. Grise' at Suburban Family Dental. Phone the office at (847) 640-0778 to request your implant consultation.

By Suburban Family Dental
August 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsMissing teeth harm more than your self-esteem. While that's important, your oral health and function are even more so. At Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL dental implants mimic real teeth in every way: performance, appearance and maintenance of jaw bone integrity. Read here how Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr Lorelei Grise' place these tooth replacements and how they improve their patients' smiles.

When you lose teeth...

There are a number of difficult consequences:

  • A smile gap
  • Gum and bone deterioration at the extraction site
  • Reduced bite height (the vertical dimension of your face when your teeth come together)
  • Shifting of neighboring teeth toward the empty space (they weaken as they drift)
  • Poorer chewing, biting and speaking
  • Premature facial aging with substantial tooth loss

With all of these disappointing side effects, patients must consider the best tooth replacement options available to them. Fortunately, most healthy adults qualify for innovative dental implants which are stable, can last for decades and actually improve jaw bone size and strength. Plus, they realistically close smile gaps, giving patients the beautiful smiles they deserve.

How implants work

A simple oral exam, and X-rays tell your Des Plaines dentist if dental implants are right for you. Good oral health is a must as is a jawbone which is sufficiently dense to support the implant device.

Made of biocompatible titanium, the implant device inserts into a small hole created in the jaw. Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise' then allow several weeks of healing time before covering the implant with a metal alloy extension post and customized porcelain crown.

How long does healing take? Actually, the sutured gums heal very quickly. However, osseointegration takes several weeks to months. What is osseointegration? It's the bonding process between the jaw and the implant.

With osseointegration, human bone wraps around titanium, having a natural affinity for it. The resulting bond is very strong and actually gets even stronger over time.

Interestingly, implants are very versatile. The dentist can place multiple implants to anchor multi-tooth bridges and partial or even full dentures. So, this modern technology gives both dentist and patient a wide range of tooth replacement possibilities.

Keeping your implants healthy

Caring for implants is as easy, and as important, as caring for natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Twice a day should do it, says the American Dental Association, but you also must floss around implant sites to keep them free of plaque, tartar and their associated bacteria.

Additionally, avoid tobacco in all forms. Smoking in particular burns gum tissue around implants and can deteriorate the jaw bone. An infection called peri-implantitis resembles gum disease and can cause implant failure.

Arrange your implant consultation

And, see about filling those smile gaps. At Suburban Family Dental, we love our patients to have their best smiles ever. So call today, won't you? (847) 640-0778.

By Suburban Family Dental
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can do a number on your smile, but we can help!dental implants

It can feel pretty embarrassing when you lose one or more permanent teeth. After all, you know that every time you smile there are large gaps as a daily reminder of your tooth loss. Of course, this doesn’t have to become the norm. Our Des Plaines, IL, dentists, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, are here to ensure that your smile gets the restorative dentistry it needs to replace your missing teeth for life.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great option if you are looking for a tooth replacement that mimics a real tooth. In fact, there is no other restoration that so closely resembles a real tooth like a dental implant does. How does an implant function like real teeth? Well, a small metal post is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be.

By placing the implant into the jawbone a natural phenomenon known as osseointegration takes place. While the name may seem like quite a mouthful, all it means is that the bone naturally fuses together with the implant. Once fusion has taken place, the implant is now a permanent part of your jawbone, providing the jawbone with the proper stimulation that it needs to stay healthy and to prevent deterioration (which is common in those with untreated tooth loss).

Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?

If you are a healthy individual who maintains good oral health and is missing one or more teeth then dental implants could be the best way to replace those missing teeth. One of our Des Plaines general dentists can examine your mouth to decide if you could benefit from implants or whether another restoration would work better.

An ideal candidate will be a non-smoking adult who isn’t pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during the dental implant process. Those with compromised immune systems, uncontrolled chronic health issues or those currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation may also not be healthy enough to get these restorations. Talk to our restorative dentists to learn more.

If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, then isn’t it time you turned to Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, for the answers you’ve been looking for? Call our office today to schedule your appointment!


Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Suburban Family Dental
June 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

That’s a question you might want to ask the staff of Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL. The answer depends on your situation, dental implantsbut for many people in Des Plaines, the answer has been yes.

In fact, dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth available. This is because the concept behind dental implants is to make them become part of your natural oral tissue structure.

In a dental implant procedure, your Des Plaines dentist drills a hole or holes into your jawbone and installs a titanium implant directly into the bone tissue, then allows the area to heal around the implant. This process is called osseointegration, which means your jawbone tissue grows around the implant to anchor it firmly -- and naturally -- in place. Once the implant anchors, your dentist will install a titanium post into the implant and attach a prosthetic tooth, called a crown, to the post. The result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions almost exactly like a natural tooth.

There are some points your Des Plaines dentist will want to go over with you to ensure you are a good candidate for a successful dental implant procedure. First, your dentist is going to want you to be in good overall health – people with underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes may not be appropriate candidates for dental implants. Your gums should be healthy; if you have advanced gum disease or severe gum loss, your Des Plaines dentist may recommend another option.

Another consideration is time. Dental implant procedures usually take multiple visits to the dentist over a fairly lengthy period of time to complete. If you are not willing to commit to the time, you may want to consider another option.

For more information about dental implants in Des Plaines, IL, call Suburban Family Dental at 847-640-0778.