Do you have one or more missing permanent teeth? Ask us about treatment with dental implants in our Wayne, PA dental office. Dental implants are known as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Implants are dental restorations that are made of titanium. These titanium screws are inserted into the jaw bone and, once they have healed, support a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. Patients with single lost teeth or even whole upper or lower arches of missing teeth can restore function to their smiles with dental implants.
Treatment with Dental Implants
Before treatment, we always make sure that patients are in good oral health. If needed, we can provide tooth extraction treatment or periodontal therapy. We will also ensure that patients have enough jaw bone tissue to support their dental implants. This tissue is important as it secures the implant posts in the mouth. We may recommend bone grafting treatment, which takes tissue from another part of the mouth to where it is needed.
To begin implant treatment, an oral surgeon places the implants into the bone tissue. They will use an anesthetic to numb your mouth and create holes in the jawbone. Then, they place the implants in key parts of the jawbone. They will place protective caps on the implants while they heal.
During a process called osseointegration, the implants slowly fuse with the jawbone. This creates a stable foundation so that the implants become a part of the mouth. After the implants are healed, we will place abutments, or small metal connectors, to the implants. Finally, after several weeks, we will anchor your restoration with a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental implants? Read answers to common questions about this restorative treatment here:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants make it easier for patients to eat and speak properly. This is because they not only replace missing teeth, but also provide a stable foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. When compared to removable options, implant-secured restorations function just like natural teeth. Additionally, the dental crowns that cap off implants match the shape and shade of a natural tooth.
How do I care for my dental implants?
We recommend that patients brush and floss their implants using non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush under and around the implant crown, and use an interdental brush instead of regular floss.
Can dental implants fail?
Yes, although dental implants have a success rate of 95%, they can fail in rare cases. This is often because of tooth decay and gum disease. Even if patients have already received their implants, inflammation, and infection that surround the implants can cause destabilization. Another factor that many patients may not realize contributes to implant failure is smoking. Smoking or using tobacco products slows the implant process. This is because tobacco and nicotine inhibit blood flow to the implantation site.
Restore Your Smile Today
Do you need to replace your missing teeth? Contact Wayne Family Dentistry for treatment at 610-347-5133. You may also schedule a dental consultation with our dental team online.