Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
- Dental Implants will prevent progressive bone atrophy!
- The implant will osseointegrate (bond) with the existing bone
- The new implant will support teeth or dentures firmly and safely
- Teeth on your new implants will be aesthetically pleasing
- You will no longer have pain during talking or eating with dentures
- Implants have a proven scientific basis for the past 30+ years
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
- Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
- Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
- Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
- Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 – 4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.
The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist). The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.
You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Fees from Dental Implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an Implant Consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved.
How long does a Dental Implant last?
With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.
Does your office offer financing for services provided?
Please contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your perfect smile today!
Comparative Options to Traditional Dentures
No one probably has told you about the variety of options you have besides dentures. We fit clients with dentures all the time, but we want to make sure you know that your options may be much wider than you thought
We work hard to give you several alternatives depending on your needs, especially when may need multiple teeth or an entire upper or lower set of teeth restored. In these cases, there are 4 different choices for dental implant treatment as follows:
The very best “Gold Standard”
Non-Removable Porcelain Implant Teeth
No plastic, and no gagging. Feels and looks like natural teeth
The “New Silver Standard” Over Denture
Removable Porcelain/Acrylic Implant Teeth
75% less plastic than a conventional denture; feels and looks like natural teeth and looks like natural teeth
The Old “Bronze Standard” Conventional Denture
Bulky, causes gagging, interferes with taste,
unhygienic, denture goop-glue required.
Non-Removeable Implant Teeth
This type of implant teeth is the best option to completely eliminate dentures, resulting in a non-removable implant supported teeth that stay in the mouth just like your natural ones did. They are attached to the implants with high-strength dental cement in combination with screws.
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Cirocco Dental Centers in Center Valley Provides Implant Dentistry Services for: Allentown PA, Whitehall PA, Bethlehem PA, Fogelsville PA, Emmaus PA, Center Valley Pa, Coopersburg PA, Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery Co and surrounding areas.