Dental Implants Williamsport PA
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Overview of Implant Placement
After Implant Placement
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Teeth In A Day
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
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Caring for Your Dental Implants
Dental Implants Vs Dentures
Effects of Tooth Loss
Losing your teeth has several significant effects on your life. It becomes more difficult to bite and chew food, which can impact your digestion and your overall nutrition. You may develop a lisp or have other difficulties speaking. Your smile deteriorates, which can significantly affect your confidence. Additionally, tooth loss can also affect the health of your jawbone, causing bone loss. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help to restore the functions of your missing teeth, your smile, and your quality of life with dental implants.
What are Implants?Dental implants are a modern-day treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing you with an alternative to bridges and dentures. Dental implants consist of three components.
|•||Posts. The posts, typically made from titanium, are surgically placed into your jawbone. The bone then fuses to the posts, integrating them into the jaw. They become strong, stable roots that then provide secure support for your dental restorations.
|•||Abutments. The abutments, or connectors, are placed on the ends of the implants. They are designed to provide stability for your restorations.
|•||Dental restorations. The dental restorations are your replacement teeth. Made from ceramic, they are designed to look exactly like your real teeth. Ceramic perfectly mimics the properties of natural tooth enamel.|
Types of ImplantsDental implants are very versatile. There are several different types of implants to meet a variety of needs.
|•||Single tooth. A single tooth implant uses one post and one crown to replace a single tooth.
|•||Multiple teeth. Also called an implant supported bridge, this type of implant replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth. The number of posts required depends upon your specific situation.
|•||Full arch replacement. This type of restoration is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Typically, 6 to 8 posts are used to support your dental restorations.
|•||All on 4. This type of treatment is used when you do not have substantial bone mass in your jaw to support a regular full arch replacement. Treatment is designed to avoid the need for a bone graft, using four strategically placed implant posts rather than the typical 6 to 8.|
Benefits of Dental ImplantsDental implants provide several significant benefits including:
|•||A completely natural appearance. The ceramic crowns look exactly like your real teeth, providing a seamless restoration of your smile. This can also significantly boost your confidence.
|•||Much more natural feel. The restorations feel just like your real teeth. You do not need to adjust to a strange object in your mouth or relearn how to speak.
|•||Greater comfort. The restorations are supported by the posts rather than your gums or adjacent teeth.
|•||Ease of care. The restorations can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
|•||Preservation of your jawbone. The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your real teeth. This stimulation stops bone loss in your jaw and prevents future bone loss, preserving the integrity and health of your jaw.|
Downsides to Dental ImplantsThere are some downsides to dental implants to keep in mind as well.
|•||They require a surgical procedure for placement.
|•||With surgery, there is a recovery period. This can take several weeks to several months.
|•||If you do not have sufficient bone mass in your jaw, you may require a bone graft, which requires additional surgery.
|•||Dental implants typically cost more.|
Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can provide an incredible treatment for giving you your life back. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.