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. A dental implant procedure may be a solution for individuals struggling with damaged or missing teeth.
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. In addition, they both lecture and mentor their peers on these areas of expertise. Our dentists have determined that most health conditions will not interfere with candidacy and can assist individuals regardless of age. The doctors at Penn’s 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 utilizing the procedure in 1984.
What is an implant?
A dental implant is a titanium threaded post that is precisely placed in the 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 the bone of the 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 implant site and the natural healing response. In some cases, there are conditions that allow the immediate load of 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 return a smile and the benefits can be enjoyed for many years.
Lifetime Benefits of Dental Implants
Improved Self-Esteem and Comfort
When missing teeth, a denture or a partial denture might not always stay in place throughout the day. Having teeth in place at all times and not having to worry about them potentially falling out gives confidence and the ability to laugh and talk without covering the mouth. There are no adhesives necessary to hold dental implants in place since they are a permanent part of the mouth, like the rest of the teeth.
Enjoy Eating Again
Although dentures allow patients with missing teeth to be able to chew again, issues may occur. The ability to properly chew food decreases 75% even with well-fitting dentures. As bone loss occurs over time and supporting tissues become thinner, dentures become ill-fitting. Eventually, it can be nearly impossible to chew food properly without pain, discomfort, and developing sore spots.
Improved Facial Appearance
When a tooth or multiple teeth are lost, the body restructures to the supporting jaw bone. This restructuring is commonly known as bone loss and can lead to changes in the appearance. When all teeth are missing, extreme cases of bone loss may 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 the face to a more youthful appearance.