Reliable Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Tooth loss can not only make you feel self-conscious, it can seriously threaten the health of your smile. Left untreated, even one missing tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, potentially undoing orthodontic treatment you have invested in. Dental implants are highly recommended for patients seeking the most advanced solution to replace their missing teeth. Dr. Kellyn Hodges coordinates care with a team of reputable oral surgeons in the Philadelphia, PA, area who can perform dental implant placement. Then her team can provide restorations to fully restore form and function to your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw bone, providing a durable foundation. By integrating with the bone, these posts act as artificial tooth roots that anchor your restoration in place. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth with a dental crown, several teeth with a dental bridge, or even an entire dental arch with a denture.
Why Is It Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
Failing to properly address tooth loss can lead to extensive health issues that affect not only your teeth and gums but your jaw bone as well. Without proper stimulation, the surrounding bone will atrophy, causing further tooth loss and premature aging. For patients who have lost jawbone tissue, we can work with a team of oral surgeons to improve your candidacy with a sinus lift procedure.
Implant-supported restorations can provide patients with many benefits including:
- Improved chewing and speaking
- Support to surrounding teeth
- Natural-looking tooth replacement
- Long-term results
- Enhanced comfort
- Support for your facial structures
- Boost in self-confidence
- Stimulation of the jaw bone
The peace of mind provided by dental implants cannot be overstated, and more and more patients are choosing to undergo this dental procedure. While traditional restorations may provide some of these benefits as well, they do not provide the same level of security and durability.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure that will be performed by a highly trained oral surgeon. To begin, the doctor will make one or more incisions in the gums. The posts can then be placed within the jaw and the gum tissue will be sutured closed. In some cases, a temporary restoration may also be placed. After your implant surgery, it will take about four to six months for a process called osseointegration to occur, during which the posts will fully fuse with the jaw bone.
Dental implants can play an essential role in maintaining your dental health for a lifetime.
Once the implants sites are healed, you will undergo a second procedure during which the abutment, or connector piece, will be affixed to the implant. In just a couple weeks, you will be able to receive your customized dental crown, bridge, or denture for a complete, natural-looking smile. Our team takes pride in providing patients with high-quality restorative solutions that fit comfortably and look completely realistic.
Caring for Every Aspect of Your Smile
Dental implants can play an essential role in maintaining your dental health for a lifetime. We have created a team that can care for your diverse dental needs conveniently and effectively. Our far-reaching skill set allows us to care for not only the aesthetic aspects of your smile but to ensure that your oral health comes first. To learn more about implant-supported restorations and our other services, contact us online today.