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While traditional dentures and bridges remain excellent options for filling in the empty spaces in your smile, they only replace the crowns of your teeth; they don’t address the loss of the roots. As a result, even with new teeth, your jaw could start to shrink. But, by surgically placing dental implants in Doylestown, PA that act as artificial roots for a dental prosthetic, Dr. Kandov can keep your jaw healthy while also restoring the natural appearance of your smile. Start the implant process today by contacting Olga Kandov, DMD – Brite Smiles for a FREE consultation.
A dental implant is made of three basic components: a post, an abutment, and a restoration. The post is made from titanium and placed into a hole made in the jaw in the space left by a missing tooth. Thanks to a natural process called osseointegration, this post essentially becomes a part of your body. On top of the post is an attachment known as the abutment, which is the part connected to the artificial tooth or teeth (restoration) that will be seen above the gum line.
Other kinds of tooth replacement have their benefits, but there are many unique advantages that only dental implants can offer. Here are just a few reasons why they’re well worth the investment:
The first thing we need to figure out is whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants; this means confirming that your mouth is free of infection and that there’s plenty of bone tissue in your jaw. After that, the rest of the process depends largely on your needs:
As you might expect, only one implant is needed if you’re only missing a single tooth. In this case, the post will be attached to a ceramic crown. Normally, you’ll have to wait a few months to have your new tooth placed, as the post needs time to bond with the jawbone.
Sometimes, several teeth in a row need to be replaced, and in this case, you might need an implant-retained dental bridge. Instead of using natural teeth for support (which would require changes to the enamel), the bridge will rest on two implant posts.
Implants can be used to replace any number of teeth – even when an entire row is gone! Dentures that are held in place by implants can be cleaned like natural teeth with brushing and flossing. Also, since the implants stop the jaw from breaking down and changing shape, there’s little chance of your dentures needing to be refitted.
Thanks to the All-on-4 procedure, we can keep the number of implants you need to a minimum while also allowing you to enjoy your new teeth sooner. Four posts are placed into your mouth, and two are angled so that they can join with the densest areas of the jaw. With this approach, we can often give you temporary dentures on the same day as the placement surgery.
Bone loss in the jaw tends to be more severe when teeth have been missing for a while. You may need a bone graft before you can receive full-sized implants. However, mini dental implants – which, as you might expect, are much smaller – can sometimes be placed without the need for an additional procedure.
Since the upper back jaw tends to have less bone density and is close to the sinuses, it can be difficult to place implants in this area. Thus, we might need to perform a sinus lift first. This procedure involves making an incision in the gums and creating an opening in the exposed bone. We’ll then raise the sinus membrane and pack bone grafting material into the new space, thickening the jawbone right where you need it. You’ll be ready to receive implants after your mouth has healed, which can take 4 to 12 months.
A successful dental implant surgery depends on how well your body heals once you’ve received your posts. In order to make sure your recovery is successful, we can apply platelet rich plasma, or PRP, to the area where the surgery was performed. The growth factors in the platelets will dramatically speed up the healing process. Not only does this mean less of a wait time for your new teeth, but you’ll also be much less likely to suffer from infections or other complications after the procedure.
Implant placement surgery requires an expert’s touch, which is why many dentists prefer to have an outside specialist perform it. In such a case, you’d most likely have to drive to an unfamiliar dental office and receive treatment from someone you hardly know. Luckily, Dr. Kandov has the requisite experience and training required to place implants, and she can also provide realistic-looking restorations. This means that the entire dental implant process can be conveniently completed right here at Olga Kandov, DMD – Brite Smiles.
During your FREE implant consultation, we’ll help you figure out the cost of the overall process. The price will depend on several variables, such as:
We can create a treatment plan based on these factors and help you understand the cost of each step.
Remember-- while dental implants might have a higher price point compared to other kinds of tooth replacement, they also last much longer and will help you maintain a healthy jaw. However, we can work with you if you still have concerns about the cost. Since your dental insurance plan might cover certain parts of the process, we can help you file any necessary claims, and flexible financing is available as well.