Dental Implants – Ephrata, PA
A Dental Implant Team You Can Rely On
Are you missing one or more teeth? Have you put off replacing a tooth or teeth? Do you have a denture that is uncomfortable or unstable? It might be time to contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation. Traditional tooth replacement options are also available from our skilled dentistry team including bridges and partial and full dentures. However, we frequently recommend a dental implant-supported tooth replacement because this is the only option that replaces both the lost root structure and visible crown portions of teeth. Our team of experts have years of training and experience providing dental implant placement and restoration in our Ephrata, PA practice. Dental implants offer the most versatile tooth replacement solution, and can be used to restore a single tooth or a full arch.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Our team of experts have years of training and experience providing dental implant placement and restoration...
Natural – the dental implant post creates a supportive structure for replacement teeth that closely mimics the natural root system. This makes implant-supported replacements look and feel more comfortable.
Stable – unlike traditional tooth replacements that rely on surrounding healthy teeth for support or dentures that place pressure on gums and jawbone tissue, dental implants provide comfortable support for any number of replacement teeth without damaging healthy dental structures. Compared with traditional dentures and partials, the implant-supported variety offers patients drastically improved stability and function.
Long-lasting – when cared for properly, dental implants can last decades or even the rest of the patient’s lifetime. Even the highest quality tooth replacement options can be worn down or damaged, and most of these solutions will be replaced within ten years. When it comes to long term durability and function, dental implant-supported tooth replacements offer the best solution.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are incredibly versatile. Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire arch, you can use them to replace teeth and rebuild your smile all the way down to the root. Consider your options prior to your implant consultation!
Single Tooth Replacement
Replacing one tooth is as simple as placing one titanium implant and attaching an implant-retained crown via an abutment on top. The crown is made entirely from porcelain, giving you the most natural-looking tooth possible while still being incredibly durable.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Replacing three to four teeth with dental implants is very similar to replacing teeth via a traditional bridge. Of course, there’s no need to buff down existing enamel just to make room for a restoration. Instead, the restoration is anchored via two implants on either side.
Full Mouth Replacement
If you’re used to wearing a denture but are tired of it slipping while in use, dental implants can provide a more secure fit. By strategically placing four to six implants throughout the jaw, our dentists can replace an entire arch and create a far more stable foundation for your prosthetic.
The Two Phase Dental Implant Process
The entire dental implant placement and restoration process can take months. For many patients the initial treatment timeline we present can seem overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that the majority of this time is spent simply healing and allowing the implant to bond with the jawbone. Before we get started, we capture CT/cone beam scans of patients’ smiles that allow us to plan every aspect of treatment for optimal patient comfort, safety and increased success rate. Once we’ve created the surgical plan, an implant placement appointment is scheduled.
Many general dentistry practices are unable to offer the surgical placement procedure because there is a good deal of specialized surgical knowledge and training necessary in order to place dental implants. Our dentists have the training and experience necessary to provide the surgical placement and full tooth replacement process in our Ephrata, PA office.
During the dental implant placement phase, one of our skilled dentists makes a small incision in the gum tissue, and precisely places the implant post. Then, a protective covering is affixed to the implant to protect the surgical site until the implant fuses with the gum tissue and jawbone. This fusion process is known as osseointegration, and it can take anywhere between three and six months for the implant to form a solid bond with the natural supportive structures. In the meantime, we may create a temporary restoration.
Once the implant has fused with the gum tissue, patients return to our office to have their replacement tooth or teeth attached to the implant. The restoration is connected to the implant by an abutment piece that positions the replacement teeth correctly within the smile.
Cost of Dental Implants
Keep in mind that the cost of dental implants will largely vary from person to person for a few different reasons. For one, your total cost will be higher if you need to place multiple implants vs. one implant. Furthermore, the restoration needed to replace an entire arch or bridge will cost more to create than a single implant-retained crown. If you need a bone graft or sinus lift performed to create sufficient bone volume, costs will be affected as well as your overall treatment time.
While the cost of dental implants upfront is high, it’s still widely considered the most cost-effective solution for tooth loss because of their longevity and durability. They are a lifelong investment that will provide reliable use for several decades.