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 and have been called upon to both lecture and mentor their peers on these areas of expertise. Our dentists have found that it’s important to note that most health conditions will not interfere with candidacy and can assist regardless of age. The doctors at Penns Commons Dental Group are familiar with over 20 different implant companies that offer over 100 types of implants. Titanium implants were first used in the United States in 1982 and PCDG 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, the patient is missing several teeth. Two implants are painlessly placed utilizing a series of surgical preparation burs. Penn’s Commons Dental has determined that the average waiting period for this procedure is about 2-4 months, depending upon the initial condition of the site for the implant and the natural healing response that occurs. In some cases, there are conditions that allow the immediate 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 and 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, 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.
If you have been considering dental implants, contact Penn’s Commons Dental Group today to find out how we can help you restore your smile!