What Are Dental Implants?
If you are looking for a long-lasting treatment option to replace a missing tooth or teeth, implant dentistry may be an ideal solution for your smile. Dental implants are metal posts typically made of titanium that are surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to replace the natural tooth root. The post(s) are then used to support a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture for a natural-looking restoration that functions in a similar fashion to real teeth. At LANCO Dental Care, we work closely with trusted local dental specialists to complete dental implant procedures for our patients. Once the implants have been surgically placed in the jaw by a specialist and are ready to be restored, we custom-create implant-retained restorations to bring oral health, natural function, and a beautiful cosmetic result to your smile. To learn if dental implants are a good solution for your tooth replacement needs, talk to our friendly office team and make your visit at our state-of-the-art Lancaster, PA practice today.
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Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from one missing tooth up to a whole upper or lower arch through an implant-retained crown, bridge, or denture. If you have missing teeth or teeth that cannot be repaired and need to be extracted, dental implants may be a great treatment option. You may also prefer dental implants if you have a removable or cemented tooth replacement appliance but are bothered by the appearance, fit, or dietary limitations. To be successful, dental implants require adequate bone volume and dentistry in the jaw and a healthy oral environment. During your consultation, our practitioners will evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary prior to implant surgery to strengthen the foundation of the jaw and provide proper implant support. Implants may not be an ideal option for patients who currently use tobacco products, are pregnant, or have active areas of gum disease or other health concerns.
What Is The treatment Process?
Our team collaborates closely with local specialists who will surgically position the implant posts within your jaw. Over the next few months, the implants will integrate with your jaw to provide a solid support for your tooth replacement. When your implants are ready, we will take an impression of the area and custom-create implant crowns, an implant bridge, or implant-supported denture, depending on the number of teeth you need to replace. Implant restorations are crafted with the highest quality materials to feel, look, and function much like real teeth. In some cases, we may create same-day implant crowns with our on-site PlanMill milling machine. In other instances, we will send your impressions to our partner dental lab for fabrication of your implant restoration. Once ready, we will firmly attach your implant crown, bridge, or denture to your implant posts, completing your tooth replacement procedure.
How Do I Care For Dental Implants?
After your dental implants are placed and your restorations attached, it is very important to keep up with a good oral hygiene regimen. Implants can be cared for just like natural teeth, and with proper attention, they can last for many years. During each of your routine dental visits at our Lancaster, PA practice, we will evaluate your implants and use special instruments to clean implant surfaces during your cleanings. Implants bring a wide range of benefits to oral health and help preserve the jawbone, enable stable biting function, and can enhance confidence in your smile.
Dental Implant Restoration FAQ
How long does it take to get dental implants?
Your implant restorations can take up to a few hours to complete. It depends on how many teeth we treat and their location within the mouth. It's possible to undergo the process in stages if you require extraction before implant placement. Our implant dentists will answer all your concerns at your appointment.
Will the dental implants last?
Dental implants last many years because they aren't susceptible to decay and diseases like natural teeth. However, remember that the gum surrounding the implant restorations is still susceptible to gum disease.
What shouldn't you do following implant surgery?
Following surgery, you should refrain from using heat on the face, which could cause swelling. Additionally, it's best to avoid straws, as the sucking motion may cause bleeding. Avoiding smoking is also ideal, as it lowers your chances of developing gum disease.
Life After Tooth Loss
Dental implants may be a wonderful solution to enhancing your quality of life after losing one or more teeth. Designed to replicate natural tooth structure and function, implants integrate with the jaw for stable functional abilities and long-term results. To learn more about implant dentistry and your options for custom implant restorations, reserve a consultation at LANCO Dental Care in Lancaster, PA. We look forward to helping you enjoy life after tooth loss.