Patients who have missing teeth do not have to despair that they will never find a suitable tooth replacement. Dental implants offer a wonderful method for completing a smile no matter how many teeth are missing. The only comprehensive method of tooth replacement, dental implants look, fit, and feel just like your natural teeth. We are pleased to offer dental implants in Millersville. Keep reading to find out how they work and whether or not you can benefit from implant dentistry.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is used to replace the missing root structure of a lost tooth. This can then be used to support a variety of prosthetic teeth. In order to get implants, a patient first needs to undergo a minor surgical procedure in which the implant posts are actually positioned within the mouth. Unlike most dental practices, we’re able to handle this phase of treatment in-house thanks to our own periodontist, Dr. Melody Ward.
Due to Dr. Ward’s years of experience and expert touch, most patients report feeling very little discomfort either during or after the procedure. Once implant placement is complete, you’ll be given a few months to heal, during which time the implants will actually bond with your jawbone, becoming even sturdier. This will also help them prevent the diminished bone density that is so common after tooth loss. After you have healed, you’ll return to our office to receive your new teeth.
If you are missing a single tooth, an implant-retained crown is an excellent way to replace it. It actually consists of three distinct parts: the implant itself, a custom-made all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The abutment is similar to a small screw that is used to connect the crown to the implant, and after this is done, your crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. We’ll perfectly color-match the restoration to your smile, and you’ll be able to rely on it whether you are speaking, eating, or just showing off your smile for the camera. You’ll even be able to maintain it just like your natural teeth using consistent brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.
If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, we can bond additional prosthetic teeth to implant crowns to create a bridge. This will not only close the gap in your smile, but it will also even out your bite and prevent other teeth from gradually shifting out of place.
Whether you are missing a significant number of teeth or simply want to stop dealing with your uncomfortable, unreliable denture, an implant-retained denture can provide the solution you’ve been looking for. With dentures, multiple dental implants are used to support a denture with much more stability than a typical removable prosthetic. The denture simply snaps onto the implants. Compared to regular dentures, implant dentures have a stronger hold, the fit lasts much longer, and patients even have a more forceful bite, enabling them to enjoy a more varied and healthy diet with ease.
Dental implants offer significant advantages compared to other options in tooth replacement. Affixed to dental implant posts that have been surgically placed beneath the gum line, the prosthetic tooth/teeth have a sturdy foundation to support an active life. Dental implants also look and feel more natural compared to a fixed bridge or traditional denture, which rests on the gums and may slip or slide around at inconvenient times.
Some of the many advantages of dental implants include:
For patients missing just one tooth, a single dental implant post can be placed to support an individual crown. This method fills in the gap left by the missing tooth without affecting those around it, as is necessary with a fixed bridge.Multiple Missing Teeth
Getting dental implants after many teeth have been lost will help to preserve the bone tissue and prevent even further tooth loss from occuring later on. With a few implant posts (depending on the number of teeth that have been lost), a sturdy bridge or partial denture can be held in place.Total Tooth Loss
Dental implants can be used to secure a complete denture in cases when all the teeth have been lost. This option provides excellent stability for a full prosthetic -- something which is difficult to achieve with a traditional denture. A strategic number of dental implant posts can be used to provide a strong foundation for the new teeth.
Dental implants come with a higher price tag compared to other options in tooth replacement, but they are a wise investment. There is no fixed price for dental implants, so you will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Millersville to learn just what you can expect to pay for your tooth replacement.
With changes and developments in dental implant supported tooth replacement techniques, more patients than ever before are able to receive successful dental implant placement. The best candidates for dental implant tooth replacement will meet all the following criteria:
In order to help more patients get access to innovative dental implant supported tooth replacement options, our team works with patients to help them budget for the cost of dental care. Even though the price of dental implants is not usually covered by dental benefit plans, the costs of other aspects of dental care will receive insurance coverage. We can also work with third party financiers to offer low and no interest payments plans for the costs of your dental implant supported tooth replacement plan.
Did we address all your concerns about dental implants? Do you have more questions? Well, we’re here to answer them all for you as thoroughly and clearly as possible so that you feel confident moving forward with your treatment plan. We invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our talented dental providers! You can also visit our Dental Implants FAQs page for more information.