Dental implants help restore your smile by replacing missing teeth and their roots. Whether you are just missing a single tooth or several teeth, dental implants are versatile and can be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. In Clarks Summit, PA, dental implants are available at Abington Dental Arts, where Dr. Jeffrey Bell, Dr. Dale Collins, or Dr. Amy Cravath can restore beauty and function to your smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal titanium posts that resemble screws and are placed directly in the jawbone to function as roots for tooth restorations, such as crowns or bridgework. Implants are the most secure and longest-lasting method for replacing missing teeth. Crowns, bridges, and dentures held in place by dental implants will not come loose or shift out of place. An abutment piece at the top of each implant securely connects the tooth restorations to their new “roots.”
Candidates for Dental Implants
There are so many reasons to choose dental implants for replacing missing teeth, but not everyone is a candidate. Individuals without enough bone tissue in the jaw will not be able to benefit from this tooth-replacement option since the implants are placed in the jawbone. Unfortunately, the loss of bone tissue in the jaw is a common side effect of tooth loss.
If there is not enough bone tissue, then there will be nowhere to place the implant. Additionally, the bone and titanium implant naturally fuse together over the course of a few months, which is what makes implants so secure. Without an adequate amount of bone tissue, this process cannot occur.
Candidates for dental implants should also have healthy gums. Having healthy gums is essential because an incision must be made in the gum tissue to place the implants in the jawbone. Candidates should also be in good overall health with a strong immune system. The experienced dentists at our office in Clarks Summit, PA, can determine if implants are a possibility for replacing your missing teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
A number of benefits are associated with dental implants. Not only do they restore smiles, but they also reduce the negative side effects that typically accompany tooth loss. Benefits include:
- Similar to natural teeth since they serve as roots
- Longest lasting tooth replacement option
- Stop bone loss by preventing the body from reabsorbing it
- Reduce facial sagging by supporting muscles in the face
- Reduce excess wear and tear on teeth compensating for missing ones
- Improve speech affected by the gaps where teeth were missing
- Prevent teeth from shifting by filling in gaps
- Restore biting and chewing functions
Restore your smile with the longest-lasting tooth replacement method available today. For dental implants in Clarks Summit, PA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bell, Dr. Collins, or Dr. Cravath by calling Abington Dental Arts at (570) 586-1411.