Why Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants?
Thanks to their aesthetic appearance and ability to function just like natural teeth, dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement in a number of life-changing ways. Dental implants consist of a metal screw (typically titanium) that serves as the root of a missing tooth and a lifelike crown, bridge, or denture restoration. These tooth replacements imbed into the jawbone for stability and biting power when placed at the hands of a skilled implant dentist, like Dr. Steven Schwartz. If you or a loved one have missing teeth or need a tooth extraction, schedule your visit at our State College, PA office.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Implants can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch by connecting to an implant-supported crown, denture, or bridge. Implants also appear to rise from the gumline just like natural teeth. Since implants fuse solidly with the jawbone by serving as a tooth root, they are not at risk for rocking, slipping, or causing discomfort. Dental implants do, however, need adequate bone volume in the jaw and healthy gum tissues for support. During your dental implant consultation, Dr. Schwartz will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. In some cases, a bone graft may be needed before the implant is placed to strengthen the foundation of the jaw and increase your candidacy for this tooth replacement option. Dental implant surgery may not be a recommended option if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are being treated for another condition, like periodontal disease.
The Dental Implant Process
To prepare for your dental implants, you may first need to have unsalvageable teeth extracted or a bone graft performed. When your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, the treatment area will be numbed with local anesthesia. Other sedation dentistry techniques may be added to enhance your comfort if needed. Dr. Schwartz will create a small incision in the gums and precisely position the titanium post in the jawbone. As the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the next 6 – 9 months, a temporary crown or cover may be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Schwartz decides the dental implant(s) is healed into your jaw and gums, he will custom-create your restoration (implant-retained crown, bridge, or denture) and attach it securely to your implant posts.
Recovery Following Implant Surgery
You may have some short-term swelling and discomfort in your mouth after your dental implant procedure. Dr. Schwartz will let you know what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. As soon as your implants have integrated into your jaw and your custom restoration is connected, your implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. When you visit Advanced Dentistry for your routine dental cleanings and exams, our team will evaluate your implants and clean them with special instruments. While the restorative portion of your implant may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear, the implant itself may serve your oral health for a long period of time.
Are Implants Covered by Insurance?
Depending on your dental insurance and exact coverage, a portion of your dental implant and custom restoration may be covered. We will talk to your insurance to determine your coverage and estimate personal costs. Our team at Advanced Dentistry accepts several finance options, including our in-house Healthy Smiles Program, and will be happy to assist you in applying for low-interest financing through CareCredit.
Bring Function and Appearance to Your Smile
Implant dentistry may be an excellent choice if you need to replace missing teeth or have damaged teeth extracted. Using the latest in state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Schwartz is proud to offer this gold standard treatment in our State College, PA practice and can complete the entire implant procedure under one roof. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, schedule your visit at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County today.