Dental Implants in Wexford, PA

Permanently Fix Your Smile

Missing a tooth can mean losing your confidence. Luckily, an experienced dentist such as Dr. Gabriel can restore the look of your smile with dental implants, providing patients with a solution that’s effective and long-lasting. Unlike traditional bridges and dentures, dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw to create a smile that feels strong while looking natural.

You don’t have to hide your smile anymore. Learn how our experienced team can help you replace your teeth with dental implants. You can become confident in knowing that you have a perfect smile that lasts a lifetime.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are high-quality prosthetics that are designed to fit naturally with your teeth and blend perfectly with your smile. A simple surgical procedure is performed where a small hole is created in order for Dr. Gabriel to insert a titanium post into your jawbone. Through a process known as osseointegration, the implants slowly and naturally bond to the jawline and are fitted with custom-crafted crowns — restoring your smile and the confidence that comes with it.

Our Wexford office offers patients dental implant treatments that can be completed in just two appointments by Dr. Gabriel and our experienced team. Call our office today at (724) 935-2100 to schedule a consultation and learn more about our treatment options.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an incredible tooth replacement solution that surpasses all other options in terms of long-term investment and efficacy. What sets dental implants apart are the titanium posts that act as anchors for your new teeth, keeping them secured while you speak, eat, and brush your teeth.

Other advantages of dental implants include:

  • Jawbone Stimulation: Dental implants act as an effective replacement for tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone and helping to maintain its bone density. Not only does it make your smile stronger, but also supports your oral health.
  • Long Lasting: Dental implants are permanent, with your crowns having to be replaced after 25 or more years. With proper care, which includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing, you can keep your confidence high with healthy teeth.
  • Comfort: Dental implants will always stay stable without getting in the way of your natural teeth, providing a reliable foundation for your custom crowns.
  • Natural Appearance: Best of all, dental implants will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth for a stunning smile.

The Dental Implant Process: What to Expect

Step One: Initial Consultation

Your dental implant journey will start with an initial consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Gabriel will evaluate your overall oral health to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants. Digital cone beam CT scans will be performed to get a better view of your head and jaw, allowing Dr. Gabriel to consider which treatment options may be right for you.

Step Two (Optional): Supplemental Procedures

Dental implants require your jawbone and gums to be healthy. If you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, your jawbone may have already started to deteriorate. Luckily, Dr. Gabriel may be able to restore your jawbone by conducting a bone graft. He can also restore gums that have receded using soft tissue grafts in the areas that need attention. Your body will build additional tissue in response to the procedure.

Step Three: Implanting the Posts

Once Dr. Gabriel determines that you’re ready for dental implants, he’ll begin the placement process. While dental implants do require surgery to be placed, Dr. Gabriel will make sure you are comfortable throughout the treatment by applying a local anesthetic. He can also administer sedation for additional ease during surgery. The implant will spend the next couple of months bonding with your jawbone once placed.

Step Four: Recovery and Integration

Your dental implants need time to bond with your jaw through a natural process called osseointegration. While a few months may seem too long, a dental implant is the best replacement option for missing teeth. The initial integration process is what allows the dental implant to provide its benefits. Once the implant is done healing and integrating, you’ll be ready for the final step of the process.

Step Five: Placing the Crown

The final step of the dental implant process is attaching the crown to the titanium post. The abutment is then placed to complete the procedure, fully integrating the piece into your natural smile. Once Dr. Gabriel attaches your custom crown, you’ll be able to leave our office showing off your newfound confidence that comes with having a perfect smile.

Caring For Your Dental Implants

Taking care of your dental implants is as easy as taking care of your regular teeth. That’s one of the reasons why they’re so popular as a tooth replacement option. All you have to do is maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling bi-annual checkups with Dr. Gabriel.

Our office recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste so you don’t risk scratching your implanted crowns. Using unwaxed floss can also help keep your implants in its best shape.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

It’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabriel to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants. Patients should have proper bone density and good gum health to get the best results. In some cases, certain patients may need a supplemental procedure before moving forward in the dental implant process.

If you have type 2 diabetes or take other medications that suppress your immune system, you may be at a greater risk for infection during the process. Teeth grinding during sleep can also do damage to your implant, leading to long-term complications. Let Dr. Gabriel know of any of these conditions so he can make the best decision for your oral health.

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