Dental Implants in Wexford, PA

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an incredible tooth replacement solution that surpasses all other options. What sets dental implants apart is the titanium post that acts as an anchor for your new tooth or teeth. This anchor keeps your dental implant securely in place while you speak, eat, and brush your teeth.

You won’t have to remove your dental implant — ever. The implant is meant to last for a lifetime and can be cared for as easily as a natural tooth. It’ll also look just like a natural tooth, so you’ll hardly be able to tell it apart from your other teeth.

Types of Dental Implants

  • Single Dental Implant: One dental implant can replace a missing tooth. The implant consists of three parts: the titanium fixture, abutment, and dental crown.
  • Implant-Supported Bridge: A bridge replaces two or more missing teeth using a dental implant as support. Traditional dental bridges use your natural teeth and dental crowns to support a bridge.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implants can be made to attach a full set of teeth to your upper and lower jaws. This makes your dentures much more secure, and they don’t have to be removed at all unless you get snap-on dentures.
  • Mini Dental Implants: Mini dental implants can be an option for people without sufficient jawbone density who can’t undergo grafting procedures. Mini implants don’t have as many requirements as full-sized dental implants, but they can’t always be used as a full tooth replacement.

What to Expect During the Dental Implants Process

There are five main steps to the dental implant process. The process may vary slightly depending on which type of implant you’re getting and your specific needs.

Step One: Consultation

The first step to the dental implant process is a consultation with Dr. Gabriel. At your consultation, he’ll examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants.

Digital cone beam CT scans help Dr. Gabriel get a better view of your head and jaw for dental implant planning. He’ll discuss your options with you and let you know if you need any additional treatments.

Step Two (Optional): Supplemental Procedures

Dental implants require your jaw and gums to be healthy so they can properly integrate. If you’ve been missing a tooth for a while, your jawbone may have deteriorated a little. Not to worry, though — Dr. Gabriel may be able to restore your jawbone with a bone graft so it can support a dental implant.

He can also restore gums that have receded using soft tissue grafts. Both of these types of grafts are done by taking either a small piece of bone or a tissue graft from you and placing this graft in the area that needs restoring. Your body will react to the graft by building additional tissue in the area.

Step Three: Placing the Implant

Once Dr. Gabriel makes sure you have enough jaw and gum tissue for a dental implant, he can begin the placement process. The dental implant does require surgery to be placed, but Dr. Gabriel will use anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. He can also administer sedation for additional ease during the surgery.

The implant is placed into your jaw where the new tooth will be. There, the implant will spend the next few months integrating with your jawbone.

Step Four: Recovery and Integration

Over the next few months, the implant needs time to become a part of your jaw. While it may seem like a long time to wait, a dental implant is the closest tooth replacement option to a real tooth. The integration process is what allows the dental implant to provide all 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 fixture. The abutment is the third piece of the implant that completes this last step. Once your implant is fully integrated, Dr. Gabriel will attach the crown to the implant and your new smile is complete.

How to Take Care of Your Dental Implants

Taking care of dental implants is easy. That’s one of the reasons they’re so popular as a tooth replacement option. All you have to do to care for your dental implant is brush and floss just like the rest of your teeth.

We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste so you don’t scratch the crown. Using unwaxed floss also helps to keep your implant in its best shape. Visiting Dr. Gabriel for regular dental checkups and cleanings also helps make sure your implant is doing well.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are meant to last for a lifetime. The titanium fixture in your jaw won’t need to be replaced, but the crown on top will be. Crowns last up to 10 or 15 years if they’re cared for properly. Following care instructions well keeps your beautiful replacement tooth in good condition.

Are Dental Implants for You?

You may be a candidate for dental implants if you:

  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have sufficient jawbone density
  • Have healthy gums
  • Want a stable and permanent tooth replacement option

There are several reasons why someone may be cautious about getting a dental implant. If you have type 2 diabetes or take other medications that suppress your immune system, you’re at a greater risk of an infection during the process. You may still be able to get a dental implant, but caution is advised.

If you grind or clench your teeth, a dental implant may not be able to withstand the amount of pressure you put on it. This can lead to long-term damage.

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