implant-dentistryIf you are missing a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted, your dentist may suggest a dental implant as your best replacement choice. A dental implant is the longest-lasting and most cost-effective restoration for missing teeth. It replaces both the tooth root and the crown, offering the appearance of a natural tooth.

A dental implant consists of three parts:

  1. The dental implant, a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone and offers the most stability after it fuses with the jaw bone. It acts as the replacement for your missing tooth root.
  2. The abutment, a small post that is attached to the implant. This piece secures the implant and crown together.
  3. The crown, a custom-fitted restoration that offers the appearance of a natural tooth and blends seamlessly with your smile.

If you have lost teeth due to an injury, a dental extraction, periodontal disease, or some other reason, dental implants are a very popular tooth replacement option chosen by patients. They are extremely versatile and can be used to restore a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, to support a bridge, and even to support a complete arch of new teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

A long-term solution for tooth replacement. Most traditional methods, such as tooth-supported dental bridges, offer patients a solution for missing teeth for about 5–7 years. But a dental implant can last a lifetime! If properly placed and cared for, patients will not need to worry about their dental implants’ durability.

Most similar to healthy, natural teeth. A dental implant fits into your mouth so well that many patients forget that they even have a dental implant. Dental implants are anchored into your mouth, allowing you to function and smile with ease. With dental implants, you will not need to worry about temporary or removable dentures or tooth-supported replacements that may fall out or loosen during your everyday activities.

Easier speaking, eating, and maintenance. Dental implants enable you to bite into and properly chew your favorite foods without worrying. Dental implants improve patients’ ability to speak clearly and help to maintain the health of your surrounding teeth. Plus, dental implants don’t require any specific or special care; you just need to brush, floss, and care for them just like the rest of the teeth.

Retain natural facial aesthetics. Since dental implants are inserted into the jaw bone, patients can avoid the common shrunken or sagging appearance that occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implant patients can smile confidently and feel like they never lost a tooth.

Protects healthy teeth and bone. Dental implants keep adjacent teeth from shifting or moving, which is a common occurrence when a tooth is missing for an extended period of time. And unlike temporary solutions such as dentures or bridges, dental implants do not require the support of surrounding healthy teeth to carry the burden of the bridge. There will be no alteration of neighboring teeth to cement a bridge. In addition to all of those benefits, dental implants stop jaw bone deterioration.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you are in good overall health and are missing a tooth or even a few teeth, you may be recommended for dental implant placement. Certain risk factors, such as pre-existing medical conditions, a history of periodontal disease or bone loss, or regular nicotine use, may prevent dental implant placement. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure and finding out if you are a candidate for dental implant placement, we encourage you to contact our office in Annville, PA. We have the benefit of collaborating with a world-class oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Alexandre Balaci, to evaluate patients for treatment, safely complete the procedure, and fabricate the final restorative crown for optimal aesthetic and functional results.

What does the dental implant placement entail?

Typically, dental implant placement involves two procedures: the placement of the dental implant(s), which need some time to heal and adhere to the jaw bone, and the placement of the prosthesis. The procedure’s length of time will vary based on each patient’s individual needs. You may need a bone grafting procedure to increase the height and width of your jaw, or even an extraction prior to your dental implant placement, which could extend the duration of your treatment. The restoration of teeth using dental implants is a team-based treatment, relying on the skills of both the oral surgeon (to complete the surgical portion) and the restorative dentist (to fabricate the final crown). The result of this collaboration is a brand new tooth that will last a lifetime when properly cared for.

If you are interested in dental implants, please call us at Silverman Dental in Annville, PA. We will work hand in hand with you to develop a plan for treatment that restores your oral function and beautiful smile.