Your smile has a noticeable gap. You dislike how it mars your appearance, but more importantly, you worry about your oral health. What's the best way to close that smile gap? At Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA, Dr. Jeffrey Bell, Dr. Dale Collins and Dr. Amy Cravath place dental implants to maximize appearance, oral function, and jaw bone strength. You may qualify for placement of these ultra-modern prosthetics.
Problems after tooth loss
After dental extraction or traumatic loss, surrounding gum tissue and bone deteriorate. Neighboring teeth shift and weaken, and speech and the ability to bite and chew efficiently changes. Even with the loss of a single tooth, facial structure ages.
Additionally, conventional tooth replacements deliver less than satisfactory results. They do not maintain bone structure or gum tissue. Dentures need relining or replacement to keep bite strong and speech clear. Plus, appliances such as partial dentures or bridgework require enamel reduction on the neighboring teeth which provide support.
A better way
Dental implants provide superior biting, chewing and speech. Because they are rooted in the jaw, they improve bone density through an incredible process called osseointegration. With osseointegration, the bone bonds to the titanium implant screw forming a firm foundation for the extension post and crown which complete the implant.
During your consultation at Abington Dental Arts, your dentist will inspect your teeth and gums, review your medical history and take X-rays and other sophisticated scans as warranted. These observations tell the dentist if you are healthy enough for the procedure and if you have enough bone in your jaw to accept the implant. The scans also tell the doctor where to place the implant screw and in the case of bridgework or dentures, how many implant devices you require.
The implant procedure
To begin the treatment, your dentist will inject a local anesthetic. When the area is numb, he or she opens the gums and creates a small access hole in the jaw. This hole accepts the titanium implant, and sutures close the site.
Typical implant sites take months to fully integrate. However, the wait is worthwhile because the implant becomes rock-solid secure and readily accepts metal alloy extension post, realistic porcelain crown and the subsequent forces of biting and chewing.
Life with dental implants in Clarks Summit
The American College of Prosthodontists states that 2.3 million single-tooth implants are placed annually in the US. Most stay in place for years, filling ugly and unhealthy smile gaps and giving patients confidence in their smiles.
Plus, maintenance is easy. See your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. Brush twice a day and floss daily to keep implant sites clean. If you smoke, try to quit as tobacco compromises implants with an infection called peri-implantitis. See your primary care physician for help.
Find out more
Yes, dental implants could your best choice for tooth replacement. Why not call Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, PA to arrange a consultation with one of our highly skilled dentists? Phone (570) 586-1411.