Are Dental Implants For You?
Dental Implants have become the standard for replacing missing teeth not only in the United States but throughout the world. If you’re struggling with damaged teeth or missing one, several, or all of your teeth, dental implants are for you!
Dr. Schmoyer and Dr. Greenlee have over 30 years of experience in the placement and restoration of dental implants. Both doctors have extensive post-graduate training in this field. They have been called upon to lecture and mentor their peers on these areas of expertise. They have found that it’s important to note, most health conditions will not interfere with your candidacy and we can assist you regardless of age. The doctors at PCDG are familiar with over 20 different implant companies and over 100 types of implants. They have placed and restored 1000’s. Titanium implants were first placed in the United States in 1982 and we began restoring them in 1984.
What is an implant?
A dental implant is a titanium threaded post that is precisely placed in your jaw and designed to act as a tooth root. During a period of healing, a biologic process called osseointegration occurs where the titanium surface of the implant bonds to bone of your jaw.
In this textbook picture you can see that the patient is missing several teeth. Two implants are painlessly placed utilizing a series of surgical preparation burs. We at Penn’s Commons have found the average waiting period for finishing being about 2-4 months’ time. This all depends upon the initial condition of the site for the implant and the natural healing response that occurs. In some cases there are conditions where we can immediately load an implant with a tooth or teeth if certain specific criteria are met.
Restorations are custom-made for the patient and are custom shaded to match naturally with the surrounding teeth. Dental implant restorations are designed to look, act and feel like natural teeth. Form and function can be returned to your smile and the benefits can be enjoyed for years to come!
Lifetime Benefits of Dental Implants
Improved Self-Esteem and Comfort
Missing teeth means a denture or a partial denture that might not always stay in place throughout the day. Having your teeth in place at all times and knowing you won’t have to worry about them potentially falling out means confidence – you can laugh and talk without covering your mouth! There are no adhesives necessary to hold dental implants in place. They are a permanent part of your mouth, like the rest of your teeth.
Enjoy Eating Again
Although dentures can allow patients with missing teeth to be able to chew again, they can still present some issues. The ability to properly chew food decreases 75% even with well-fitting dentures. Overtime, as bone loss occurs and supporting tissues become thinner. As dentures become ill-fitting it makes it nearly impossible to chew food properly without pain, discomfort and developing sore spots.
Improved facial appearance
When a tooth or multiple teeth are lost, our bodies restructure the supporting jaw bone. This restructuring is commonly known as bone loss and can lead to changes in the way you look. If you are missing all of your teeth, extreme cases of bone loss can cause facial collapse and wrinkles. Some bone loss situations are greatly improved by a procedure commonly referred to as bone grafting. When used in conjunction with dental implants this combination can help prevent facial collapse and restore your face to a more youthful appearance.