SOURCE: North Shore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Scott Frank

September 29, 2015 16:16 ET

Buffalo Grove Dentist Offers Immediate-Load Dental Implants

BUFFALO GROVE, IL--(Marketwired - September 29, 2015) - Dr. Scott Frank, a highly respected oral and maxillofacial surgeon with extensive expertise in dental implant procedures, can offer patients an immediate solution to their missing teeth using durable dental implants.

The method known as immediate-load dental implants allows Dr. Frank to place a dental implants the same day a tooth or teeth are extracted. In some cases, a temporary restoration (crown or bridge) may be placed on the same day the implant is placed.

"The benefit of this advanced technique is the elimination of additional surgical procedures. This reduces recovery time, pain, anesthesia, time off work, and costs," said Dr. Frank, who operates North Shore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. "With immediate implant placement, patients will get replacement teeth quicker, have an easier recovery and experience less pain."

Dr. Frank uses cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) and digital implant planning software to map out dental implant procedures. All implant surgeries are completed "virtually" on the computer, which leads to more accurate placement and enhanced results.

The advanced digital technology minimizes the risk to the patient’s nerves and sinuses and increases the overall success rate of the procedure to between 94 and 98 percent in just one procedure. Immediate placement of dental implants help the patient avoid future jawbone loss, which can occur just months after the teeth are removed or lost. When teeth are lost or removed, the jawbone loses its function and begins to shrink and deteriorate. The constant changes in the jawbone make it difficult for patients with removable dentures to find a comfortable restoration or can compromise esthetic result of crowns.

Dental implants secure a permanent restoration in place and preserve the jawbone from future recession. For patients with substantial jawbone loss, Dr. Frank can also complete advanced grafting procedures.

"With the benefits to both the patients and the dentist so great, it is surprising that more people are not taking advantage of this technique," Dr. Frank said. "My staff often forgets that this is considered unusual in dentistry because we do it regularly. In some cases, patients were told to go to another surgeon or get another consultation because they did not believe immediate implant placement was possible."

Dr. Frank focuses on soft and hard tissue reconstructive surgery, which includes placing dental implants, smile makeovers, sinus bone grafting, regenerative bone grafting, traditional extractions and wisdom teeth extractions. His practice also offers IV sedation for patients with a fear of the dentist or for those who need multiple treatments in one visit.

At North Shore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 1411 McHenry Road, Dr. Frank offers both single dental implants and dental implants that can be restored with full arches of permanent teeth often in just one day. Dental implants are made from titanium and fuse to the jawbone, creating an anchor of the patient’s permanent restoration. Implants preserve the jawbone and nearly mimic natural teeth.

Dr. Frank has extensive experience using a system known as Refresh Smile, often referred to as All-on-4, to replace full arches of missing teeth and to take the place of uncomfortable removable dentures. This dental implant system uses a series of four or more dental implants on each arch. The implants are then restored with durable, natural-looking teeth.

The benefit of Refresh Smile is that the final restoration leaves the top palate open. Traditional dentures rely on suction to secure the top denture, but Refresh Smile uses dental implants to give the patient optimal biting force and the ability to eat nearly anything they want.

"Refresh Smile is an outstanding procedure for patients who need to lose a lot or all of their teeth and never want to have removable teeth. New, beautiful, non-removable teeth are placed when the unhealthy teeth are removed," Dr. Frank said. "Also, denture patients can go from removable teeth to a non-removable bridge in just one day."

Dr. Frank has helped more than 1,000 patients restore their mouth with Refresh Smile. Dr. Frank attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, College of Engineering and then earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Northwestern University. He completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C., a program that trained him in diagnosing and treating facial trauma, head and neck tumors, reconstruction of facial bony abnormalities, dental implant reconstruction with bone and tissue grafting, wisdom teeth and IV/general anesthesia.

In addition to having been in practice more than 25 years, Dr. Frank trains dentists and surgeons across the country on advanced techniques for dental implant placement and restorations. He is the director of the Elite Dental Group, which holds a membership with the prestigious Seattle Study Club, one of the most elite dental education programs in the country. Both Seattle Study Club and Elite Dental Group are dedicated to provide advanced dental instruction and continuing education.

Find out more about the power of dental implants or Dr. Frank’s comprehensive oral surgery services by visiting the website at or calling 847-613-4933.

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