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, conditions allow the immediate load of an implant with a tooth or teeth if certain specific criteria are met.
Restorations are custom made and shaded for the patient in order to match naturally with surrounding teeth. Dental implant restorations are designed to look, act, and feel like natural teeth. The return of the form and function of a smile 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 may not always stay in place throughout the day. Having teeth in place at all times takes away the worry about dentures potentially falling out. It also gives confidence and the ability to laugh and talk without covering the mouth. Since dental implants are a permanent part of the mouth like the other teeth, adhesives are not needed.
Enjoy Eating Again
Although dentures allow patients with missing teeth to chew again, issues may occur. Even with well-fitting dentures, the ability to properly chew food decreases 75%. Over time, bone loss occurs and supporting tissues become thinner, therefore causing dentures to become ill-fitting. Eventually, chewing food properly may result with pain, discomfort, and sore spots.
Improved Facial Appearance
When a tooth or multiple teeth are lost, the body restructures to the supporting jaw bone. This restructuring is known as bone loss and can cause facial appearance. When all teeth are missing, extreme cases of bone loss may cause facial collapse and wrinkles. Bone grafting can greatly improve some bone loss situations. Using bone grafting in conjunction with dental implants can help prevent facial collapse along with restoring the face to a more youthful appearance.