If you’ve had your dental implant placed and you are due to have the restoration completed, you may be wondering whether you can come in to finish the process during this stay-at-home order. We understand that completing and transforming your smile is exciting, but at this time Lake Bluff Dental is only open for emergencies. Our team is adhering to the national, state, and local guidelines and is staying up-to-date on the latest information. We are excited to see the light at the end of this tunnel and will hopefully be able to reopen our doors to all of our patients in Shorewood very soon. 

Why is a dental implant not an emergency?

We define dental emergencies as anything that is causing you a great deal of pain, abnormal bleeding, or if you have a knocked out or cracked tooth. Dental emergencies are situations that require immediate intervention to either save your tooth or get you out of pain. 

Because a dental implant is a multiple-step process, waiting to receive your artificial tooth does not pose any immediate threat to your oral health or overall wellbeing. It does not really count as an emergency unless there is something wrong with your implant. If you suspect that the area around your implant has become infected, or it begins causing you a great deal of pain after the initial healing process is over, please do call us for an emergency visit. We can help by controlling any infection or other potential issues, but we will not be able to place the restoration or crown. 

What can I do in the meantime?

The good news is that this extra time at home will ensure your dental implant has had plenty of time to heal and osseointegrate into your jaw. This will ensure that when we are able to see you for the implant restoration appointment, your mouth will be strong and ready! While you wait for your implant restoration appointment, continue brushing and flossing, as usual, to ensure your mouth stays healthy. We don’t want to have to deal with any cases of tooth decay, gingivitis, or periodontal disease as this would only delay the implant restoration process. You can do your part by keeping your mouth healthy and brilliant with diligent at-home care while you wait for your appointment. We are excited to help you complete your brand new smile when we are able to reopen for all services!

Have Questions? We’re Here for You!

As always, if you still have questions about your dental implant or determining whether you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, we are happy to provide advice and guidance. We understand that we are all going through a difficult, stressful time, and it is our goal to keep our patients and community safe. Simply give us a call at (414) 962-1800 or send us an email at office@lakebluffdental.com. As always, we hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe, and we are looking forward to helping you get your oral health back on track very soon!

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