Whether you’ve experienced tooth damage, loss, or an extraction, replacing your missing tooth (or teeth) is essential to both the appearance and function of your smile. At Philadelphia Dental in South Philly, the practice provides dental implants as a long-term solution to missing teeth. To find out more about dental implants, book an appointment by phone or online at the Philadelphia clinic.
A dental implant is a method of restoring missing teeth by replacing tooth roots with metal posts. These metal posts serve as anchors allowing for artificial teeth to be affixed. Unlike dentures or traditional bridges, dental implants allow for a natural appearing replacement without the need for support from surrounding teeth.
Dental implant surgery at Philadelphia Dental is a rather simple procedure that takes several steps to complete. Performed under anesthetic, the first step in receiving your dental implant is a metal post, typically made from titanium, that is implanted into your jawbone.
Once applied, your dentist gives the area time to heal as the metal post fuses with your bone. This healing period can take up to six months. For patients with insufficient jawbone material, a bone graft may be required to thicken the jawbone and prepare the area for the dental implant.
Once the implanted post heals, placing the abutment is possible. Your dentist again gives your gums some time to heal from the placement of the abutment. The final step is the placement of the artificial crown. Dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth that won’t affect the structure or alignment of other teeth.
In addition to replacing individual teeth, dental implants can also be used to support dentures and dental bridges.
Although they require a bit more effort than other forms of tooth restoration, there are a number of reasons why patients opt for dental implants at Philadelphia Dental to repair their smile. Some of these reasons include:
Dental implants allow patients to restore their smile to its original glory. With implants, patients are able to achieve a natural-appearing smile without the discomfort and hazards associated with traditional bridges and dentures.
To ensure the success of your implant, it's also important to practice proper oral hygiene and meet with your dentist on a regular basis. Although dental implants are durable, they can be damaged by destructive habits like chewing hard items and smoking.
To find out if dental implants are the right option for you, call Philadelphia Dental, or book an appointment online.