They restore oral health and function, and they offer patients many advantages over other tooth restorations. If you are missing teeth or have damaged teeth that need to be extracted, we urge you to consider dental implants as your replacement solution. You can contact our office in King of Prussia, PA, to schedule a consultation appointment.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are comprised of three separate pieces that work together to create natural-looking and fully functional replacement teeth:
1. The first piece of the restoration, the titanium screw, acts as a substitute tooth root. The root is extremely important to the health of both the tooth and the jaw bone. When you chew, the root provides the stimulation needed to sustain a healthy jaw. The dental implant screw integrates with the jaw bone after placement and maintains the necessary stimulation.
2. The metal abutment is the second piece of the restoration. Either it can be placed at the same time as the titanium screw, or it can be placed after the screw has had time to heal and fuse with the jaw. The abutment acts as the connector piece between the screw and the final piece, the prosthesis.
3. The third and final piece of a dental implant is the prosthesis. In most dental implant cases, such as single tooth replacement, this prosthesis is a crown. Dental implants can also be used to support multi-tooth bridges and full arches of new teeth. Whether you are receiving a crown or other prosthesis, it will be custom designed to look just like your natural teeth.
The dental implant placement process differs for every patient. The first step will be a consultation appointment, during which your doctor can get to know you, perform a thorough oral exam, and discuss your treatment goals and options. This first visit is vital because it allows your doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan designed to fit your specific needs.
The next time you return to our office, it will be for the placement of the implant screws and abutments. This procedure is typically performed with the help of anesthesia to ensure patients don’t experience any discomfort. Once your anesthesia has taken effect, your doctor will carefully place the screw into the empty tooth socket. In almost all cases, the abutment will be attached at the same time, and a provisional crown will be placed. This ensures that you are not living without a tooth while the implant fuses with the jaw bone.
After the implant heals, you will return for the placement of your final prosthesis. The prosthesis will snap onto the abutment, taking the place of the provisional crown and providing you with a permanent restoration.
Dental Implants Serving Greater Philadelphia
If you’re interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, we encourage you to contact our office to set up an appointment. You can learn more about this beneficial restoration option by browsing our website or by visiting our practice. We look forward to hearing from you.