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Dental implants are very versatile. Drs. Laura Elliff, Andrew Elliff, or Theron Layer may recommend them for a single tooth replacement, to support a bridge, or to transform your entire smile. A dental implant is composed of a titanium pin that resembles a natural tooth root. Once it becomes surgically positioned into the jawbone, it is covered with a crown for a lifelike appearance, improved function, and dependable durability. If you're searching for a permanent solution to a healthy smile, consult with one of our dentists in our Batavia, IL, office to discuss the benefits of dental implants.

Reasons for Dental Implants

If one or multiple teeth are missing, this is consequential for a patient's jawbone, gum tissues, and surrounding teeth. As more begin to fall out, this can result in tooth fracture, inability to enjoy your favorite foods, as well as severe pain and discomfort. You may also have a significant loss of confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately, dental implants can fix these problems. They can also help you retain your natural features, and give you something to smile about.

Advantages of Dental Implants

When you maintain adequate oral care and keep up with routine appointments and professional cleanings at our Batavia, IL, dental office, your implants can successfully last up to 10 years. These restorations are a popular option because they can:

  • Preserve jawbone for a youthful appearance
  • Fill gaps missing teeth leave behind
  • Offer minimally invasive treatment and speedy recovery
  • Renew confidence and boost oral health

The dental implant procedure takes place in our Batavia, IL, office, over a few months. Once our dentist inserts the screw into the jawbone, a process called osseointegration occurs, which fuses them as the tissue heals.

Before you begin the process, schedule a consultation with Drs. Laura Elliff, Andrew Elliff, or Theron Layer to determine if you're a candidate and to address any questions or concerns. For more information about dental implants and other services provided at Elliff Dental, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (630) 482-7200.


Many people with diabetes are hesitant about getting dental implants because they’re under the impression their chances of failure are greater than for non-diabetics. But if you’re one of the 26 million Americans with diabetes, that isn’t necessarily so — with a little extra precaution before, during and after implant surgery.

Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how the body processes glucose. This simple sugar is used by the body to provide energy to cells, but can also cause damage if its volume level in the bloodstream is too high. The body normally regulates this through the hormone insulin produced by the pancreas.

The pancreas in people with Type 1 diabetes doesn’t produce insulin and so they must receive an outside source of the hormone through daily injections with careful daily monitoring of glucose levels. Those with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, don’t produce a sufficient amount of insulin or the body no longer responds to the insulin produced. For either type, abnormal glucose levels — either too high or too low — can have adverse affects on the body, including blindness, nerve damage, gangrene, coma or death.

Diabetes can also slow wound healing, increase the risk of infection, and alter the body’s inflammatory response, all of which are major concerns when placing implants. Because implant placement involves minor surgery in which a wound results, there’s been wide concern that a slower healing process could increase the risk of implant failure.

Recent studies, though, are encouraging especially for patients who have their diabetes under control through medication, diet and exercise. Patients with poor glucose control are at higher risk, because it can take longer for the bone to heal around an implant after placement. For such individuals special considerations to guard against infection may be needed during implant surgery.

In fact, the implant success rate for most diabetics is about the same as for non-diabetic patients, 95%. With proper disease management and a little extra wound care, you can be among the many that experience a favorable outcome and a more attractive smile with dental implants.

If you would like more information on diabetes and dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


You may be familiar with a dental implant used to replace a single tooth — but implant technology can do much more. Implants can also support other restorations including total teeth replacement on a jaw.

The reason they're so versatile is because implants replace the tooth root as well as the visible crown. We use a metal post, usually made of titanium, which we surgically implant in the jawbone as a root substitute. Because of a special affinity with titanium, bone around the implant grows and adheres to it and creates a durable bond.

With a single tooth replacement (the implant's original purpose when they were introduced in the 1980s) we attach a life-like porcelain crown to the individual titanium post. But with their continuing development we've adapted implants for other applications, like using a few strategically-placed implants as a stable platform for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

We're now able to use implants to support a full prosthetic (false) dental arch. Though similar in appearance to a removable denture, this particular prosthesis is permanently joined to the supporting implants with retaining screws.

Of course, the application requires careful pre-planning, which includes making sure you have enough healthy bone to support the implants. We'll also need to determine how many implants you'll need (usually four to six for this application) and create a surgical guide to place them in the best location for supporting the prosthesis. A dental technician will then create the prosthesis to match your jaw ridge contours and facial structure.

Using implants this way has a benefit other types of restorations can't provide: they may help stop future bone loss. The jawbone life cycle depends on stimulation from the attached tooth as you bite and chew — stimulation that ends when you lose the tooth. Traditional dentures and other restorations can't replicate that stimulation. Implants, on the other hand, directly encourage bone growth and can stop gradual bone loss.

If you need some form of total teeth replacement, consider one supported by implants. You may find they'll provide an excellent long-term solution to both function and appearance.

If you would like more information on the different applications for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Laura Elliff, DMD
March 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

With their durability, versatility and life-likeness, there’s no doubt dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement. If you’re considering dental implants, however, there are some issues that could impact how and when you receive implants, or if you should consider another type of restoration.

Cost. Dental implants are initially more expensive than other tooth restorations, especially for multiple tooth replacement. However, be sure you consider the projected cost over the long-term, not just installation costs. Because of their durability, implants can last decades with little maintenance cost. In the long run, you may actually pay more for dental care with other types of restorations.

Bone health. Dental implants depend on a certain amount of bone to properly situate them for the best crown placement. If you’ve experienced extensive bone loss, however, there may not be enough to support the implant. This can often be overcome with grafting — immediately after extraction, at the time of implantation or a few months before implantation — to encourage bone growth. In some cases, though, bone loss may be so extensive you may need to consider an alternative restoration.

Gum Health. While implants themselves are impervious to infection, they’re supported by gum and bone tissues that can be affected. Infected tissues around an implant could eventually detach and lead to implant failure. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, we must first bring it under control and render your gums infection-free before installing implants. It’s also important to maintain effective oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups for optimum implant health.

Complications from osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis — in which the bones lose bone density and are more prone to fracture — are often treated with drugs known as bisphosphonates. In less than 1% of cases of long-term use, a patient may develop osteonecrosis in which the bone in the jaw may lose its vitality and die. As with bone loss, this condition could make implant placement difficult or impractical. Most dentists recommend stopping treatment of bisphosphonates for about three months before implant surgery.

If you have any of these issues or other complications with your oral health, be sure to discuss those with us before considering dental implants. With proper planning and care, most of these difficulties can be overcome for a successful outcome.

If you would like more information on pre-existing conditions that may affect implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Osteoporosis & Dental Implants” and “Infections around Implants.”

By Laura Elliff, DMD
November 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

You want the best tooth replacement available. Well, dentists all over the US and across the globe agree that dental implants efficiently and beautifully replace missing teeth as well as build up the jaw bone for superior function and longevity. At Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, your dentists, Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff, place many of these prosthetic teeth, both singly and to support bridges and dentures. Read below to find out if you're a good candidate for implants.

The typical dental implant

Really, it's not so typical. In fact, dental implants are miraculous because they improve jaw bone quality through osseointegration.

When Dr. Elliff inserts a titanium implant device into a patient's jaw, the bone immediately begins to adhere to it. Over ensuing weeks, the integration increases, forming a rock-solid bond that anchors the extension post and porcelain crown, completing the prosthetic tooth.

Afterward, the dental implant is ready to use. It looks, feels, and bites as a natural tooth does, and patients say they almost forget they have implants in place.

The dental implant patient

This could be you! If you have lost a tooth—or multiple teeth—to accident, gum disease, or decay, you may qualify for one or more of these amazing tooth replacements. During a consultation at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, your dentist will look at your teeth and gums and take special three-dimensional scans to determine the state of your oral health and the density of your jaw bone as both are required for successful implant placement and retention.

If Dr. Elliff determines that you qualify, expect your implant treatment to take several weeks. After initial placement of the titanium screw or cylinder, osseointegration proceeds rapidly but must be complete before the dentist adds on the metal alloy post and crown. At this time, the implant site can withstand biting, chewing, and the general wear and tear which all teeth experience.

Additionally, you should continue your good oral hygiene habits, carefully brushing your implant twice a day and flossing daily to eliminate plaque and tartar. Smoking cessation keeps implant sites healthy, too, as it aids in avoiding peri-implantitis, a condition resembling advanced gum disease and one of the only factors which can threaten implant retention.

Find out more

According to the American Dental Association, dentists in the US successfully place more than 5 million implants each and every year. Are you interested in this innovative tooth replacement? Call Elliff Dental's Batavia practice today for your personalized consultation with our professional and caring team. We have office hours Monday through Friday and look forward to seeing you soon.