Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to ill-fitting dentures or bridgework.
How the surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. But all dental implant surgery occurs in stages and involves several procedures. The entire process can take many months.
Dental Implants Explained
Now patients who are missing teeth have a strong, beautiful alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. Dental implants will improve your smile and your lifestyle. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Implants can also anchor bridges, partials, or full dentures to eliminate slipping.
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Dillon can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure for placement. The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth or for the new teeth that will anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, allowing your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation.
Once the dental implants are secured, your dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
By imitating an entire natural tooth, from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows a healthy diet of hard-to-chew foods. Speech may also improve. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
The beauty of your new smile will extend below the surface. Without a tooth root, the bone will degenerate. Teeth will shift out of place, and cheeks and lips cave inward to make a person look older. Dental implants will give you a strong, lasting foundation for replacement teeth. They’ll also replace the underlying structure for your facial features, creating plumper, younger appearance. After nearly 35 years of use, dental implants have a 90 to 95% proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases.
Dental implants also function like natural teeth, so you will be able to enjoy nutritious, hard-to-chew foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. And you can throw away your denture adhesives because caring for your new implants will involve only the two-step hygiene process that you already perform every day — brushing and flossing.
The Dental Implant Consultation
Dr. Dillon will assess your case to help you decide whether dental implants are right for you. We need to take X-rays, photos, and records to determine your bone density and level of oral health. Dr. Dillon will also want to discuss your goals and expectations so that we can deliver the best results for your unique situation. To get started schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Dillon at 610-228-0329.
Dental Implant Statistics
According to statistics, Americans will lose an average of 12 teeth by age 50. When you lose permanent teeth, regardless of why or how many, dental implants can offer a “new lease on life.” Superior to other choices like bridges, full dentures, or removable partials, an implant actually replicates a tooth root, in both form and function, to solidly anchor a single removable partial, an implant actually replicates a tooth root, in both form and function, to solidly anchor a single tooth or multiple-tooth prosthetic. Dental implants feel, function, and look completely natural. They don’t slip out of place like traditional dentures, so you’ll enjoy renewed ability to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.