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    Am I Suitable for Dental Implants?

    If you have ever wondered, “Am I a candidate for dental implants?” we encourage you to call (708) 980-0110 and schedule an appointment with our Matteson, IL dental office. Dr. Durr can conduct an examination and take x-rays to determine if you qualify for implant surgery, and if not, what it will take to get you there. At Progressive Dental & Associates, we will work with you to come up with the best way to replace your missing teeth, even if that means conducting additional procedures to ensure that you do qualify.

    Am I a candidate for dental implants if I have crowded teeth?

    Yes, you are. However, you may need to wear an orthodontic solution to create space for the implant first. It is unwise to attempt to place an implant when there is not sufficient space. This will only exacerbate the challenges you have. It is important to time procedures correctly so an implant is placed in an area that has been prepared for it. Since the process requires oral surgery, it pays to do it right the first time.

    Am I a candidate for dental implants if I am elderly?

    Yes, many of our patients are seniors, and we believe it is never too late to improve your smile. The only consideration with any patient is that we must make sure there is sufficient bone density to support an implant. This is something seniors commonly struggle with, and in this case, a mini-dental implant may be more appropriate, since the metal post is shorter, requiring less bone structure to secure to.

    Do I qualify if I have crooked teeth?

    Certainly; at Progressive Dental & Associates, we treat many patients who have crooked teeth. In many cases, our patients will begin an orthodontic treatment and have a dental implant placed when it is nearly complete. That way, space can be created for the implant if necessary. Simultaneously, when the procedures are combined, your smile will be greatly improved. In rare cases, existing teeth do not respond as they should to an orthodontics treatment like braces or aligners. In this situation, an orthodontist may recommend having that one particular tooth removed and replaced with a dental implant. This is something we can discuss with you in our Matteson dental office.

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    Can I get implants if I have an over/under-bite?

    Yes, the position of your bite does not necessarily impact whether or not you qualify for dental implants. However, we will typically recommend that you consider an orthodontics solution to address this issue. By aligning your jaw first, you can have both the functional and appearance aspects of your smile corrected.

    Are implants the right solution for missing teeth?

    Absolutely! Dental implants were designed to replace missing teeth. Whether you have lost one or several teeth due to age, infection, decay, or damage, we can replace them with durable dental implants. This is the best way to replace missing teeth because it is the only solution that replaces both your missing root and tooth. A titanium post will be secured to your jawbone, and through the process of osseointegration, the jaw will provide the same level of stability to your replacement tooth that it did to your natural one. Patients throughout Illinois appreciate how durable this solution is and how it allows them to maintain an active lifestyle while eating all their favorite foods. If you are simultaneously evaluating dentures or a dental bridge, consider how a solution that acts and looks natural would positively impact your lifestyle and then call (708) 980-0110 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Durr.

    Can I get implants if I have gum disease?

    You should not get dental implants until your gum disease has been eliminated. Healthy gums are critical for this procedure since we need to cut into the gums to place the metal implant. Any existing infection could decrease the success rate of the procedure and extend your recovery process. When you visit our Matteson dental office, we will let you know if you have any signs of gum disease and present you with a treatment plan to address it.

    Am I a candidate for dental implants if I have cavities?

    Not yet, but you will be. In our 60443 dental office, we can treat your cavities by removing tooth decay and restoring your teeth. This is a fairly quick procedure and should be completed before you get implants. At Progressive Dental & Associates, we want to ensure your mouth is healthy prior to starting a procedure of this magnitude.

    Am I a candidate for dental implants if my teeth fell out a long time ago?

    At Progressive Dental & Associates, we treat patients in all stages of life and often work with seniors who receive dentures after tooth loss and are now dissatisfied with the results. This is natural because, while dentures are effective, they come with a level of inconvenience. They need to be taken out to be cleaned and soaked, and they can become loose and slip out of place. This creates challenges for people who want a solution that looks and feels natural. The challenge is that after tooth loss, the body goes through the process of resorption. This is where calcium is leached from the jawbone for use elsewhere. If your teeth have fallen out years ago, your jawbone may not be dense enough for the procedure. In this case, Dr. Durr may need to perform a bone graft or refer you to a specialist for one. The other solution to consider would be mini-dental implants, where the actual post is shorter, requiring less bone density to remain in place.

    Dental implants are by far the best solution for tooth loss. An implant looks completely natural, so much so, you will not be able to tell which tooth was ever replaced. It is also durable enough to allow you to engage in high impact activities, like running a marathon or singing in the choir without worrying about your tooth becoming loose. You can eat all of your favorite foods and smile with confidence.

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    Robert D. Durr, D.M.D. F.I.C.O.I.

    Robert D. Durr, D.M.D.

    Dr. Robert D. Durr graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

    Dr. Durr attends countless hours of continuing education at post-doctoral symposiums all over the country every year. Dr. Durr is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and member of DOCS. Since he began practicing dentistry, he has kept up-to-date on many of the latest products, procedures and dental technology, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care possible.

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    We are thrilled to offer exceptional services that exceed expectations!
    Patty Cahue
    December 12, 2023
    I highly recommend Dr Durr at Preogressive Dental in Matteson, he and his Staff are kind and caring. Dr Durr is very gentle when caring for your teeth. He also explains what the plan of care is before he treats you and is letting you what he is doing as he goes!! His assistant is there making sure you are ok at all time.. I love the office staff!!
    Andrea Wiley
    November 28, 2023
    Dr. Durr office took care of my problem right away. They were very prompt and showed exceptional care. I appreciate all the I tentativeness on my teeth. Thank you so much ☺️
    Romaine C
    November 9, 2023
    The service was really great!! They all definitely made me feel comfortable about the procedure that I was going to be getting done. The staff was amazing! I definitely recommend them!!
    Michael Usher
    October 24, 2023
    Always great service. Every time I come best Dentist office in the city. I would tell you to come by, but I don’t want you to know about my hidden jewels Progressive Dental
    Edwina Thomas-Bull
    October 23, 2023
    I am doing this review for my husband Robert. He says that his experience was awesome! The assistants are awesome & the dentist was fantastic. He says makes him more comfortable thinking about any future visits he may have since he’s always apprehensive & nervous about dental visits. Great place he says
    Andrea Siegmeyer
    October 3, 2023
    Staff was very friendly and professional. Dr. Durr was kind and gentle. Did not feel rushed and he answered all of my questions. He even asked permission to touch my teeth because I told him I was having pain. No dentist has ever done that. I am an extremely fearful patient and I felt comfortable and cared for during my visit. Thank you!
    Donna G
    September 26, 2023
    I’ve had a good experience working with the Progressive Team. The office is very clean, the staff is polite and very prompt, the longest I’ve waited was maybe 5 minutes. So you can beat that.
    September 11, 2023
    Today was my first visit to the dental office. I must say, everyone from the reception desk to the exam room were exceptionally nice and helpful. Dr. Durr was excellent and answered all of my questions.

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