Missing teeth create severe aesthetic and functional problems. A missing tooth can change the whole mouth structure, resulting in shifting teeth, gum problems, and poor chewing function. We offer dental implants to help patients replace missing teeth in Colmar, PA. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your own, whether you are missing one, several, or all of your natural teeth.
What Can Dental Implants Do For My Smile?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Individuals with lost teeth can smile confidently, knowing that teeth appear natural and facial contours will be preserved. In addition, dental implants can help keep the facial structure. They prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, including:
- Single tooth replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Full upper replacement
Types of Dental Implants
A root implant is the most popular and most effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. This implant is often as strong as the original tooth. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia and then heals to integrate with the bone. Once the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office, where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.
Plate-form implants are ideal when the jawbone is not wide enough to support an implant properly. The plate-form implant is a flat, long implant set directly on the jawbone and under the gums. Bone and tissue will eventually grow around this implant, making it more secure. This type of implant is also called an endosteal implant.
We recommend a subperiosteal implant when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support an implant. Subperiosteal implants are dental implants made out of a metal framework. This metal frame is attached under your gum tissue but above your jawbone. Protruding from the metal frame of the subperiosteal implant are small metal posts.
Dental Implant Treatment in Colmar, PA
Before dental implant treatment, we will thoroughly examine the smile, taking dental x-rays to find tooth gaps and determine if patients require bone grafting treatment. We may recommend bone grafting for patients who do not have sufficient bone tissue to support their dental implants. Our dental office works with local oral surgeons to place the implant posts. The oral surgeon will place the implants in the jaw bone, where the implant posts heal over 3 to 6 months.
This period of healing is called osseointegration. The surgeon will also place healing caps to cover the implant posts. We will take dental impressions to create custom dental crowns, bridges, or dentures for the implants to secure in place. Once the dental implants are fully healed, we will secure the restorations.
Restore Your Smile With Implants
Do you need to restore your missing teeth? Are you looking for a way to renew your smile permanently? Call our office for implant treatment today at (215) 774-6702. You can also request a dental appointment with us online.