Dental implants are an effective, permanent tooth replacement solution. Patients missing one or more teeth can benefit from an implant, and there are multiple types of implants that can work for you. One of the primary advantages of dental implants is their ability to preserve and regenerate bone in the jaw. Dr. Drew Shulman, a dentist in northeast Philadelphia, describes how dental implants help restore health to your jawbone.
How does it work?
Dental implants involve surgically placed titanium posts into the jawbone. Your dentist will then attach a prosthetic tooth to the abutment at the top of the post and secure it with dental bonding. The implant is permanent and restores function and appearance to your smile. When you are missing teeth, the jawbone deteriorates because it lacks the anchor and stimulation of the teeth it is designed to support. Dentures and other restorative dental treatments do not resolve this issue because they replace teeth only at the surface of the gums. Implants are placed into the jaw, simulating the roots of natural teeth that reach through gum tissue to the jawbone.
What results can I expect?
Dental implants restore normal eating and speaking abilities for patients who are missing teeth. They can also have cosmetic benefits by filling gaps in your smile. The prosthetic teeth are constructed with the unique size, color, and shape of your surrounding teeth for a beautiful, natural look. The dental implant will also stop the progression of jawbone deterioration. It can reverse any bone loss that may have already occurred by encouraging jawbone regeneration. This will resolve and prevent the appearance of facial sagging and jaw misalignment, which can affect your remaining teeth.
Is my jawbone strong enough to support implants?
Your dentist will evaluate your bone structure through X-ray imaging during an exam to determine if your jawbone is strong enough to support implants. If too much jawbone is already lost due to missing teeth, you may need additional work before you can receive implants. Your dentist may suggest a bone graft to add foundation to your jaw. You may also qualify for mini dental implants if too much bone has deteriorated for regular implants and your dentist offers this treatment. Dental implants have a 95% success rate as a permanent tooth replacement treatment and can last a lifetime.
Dental implants available in northeast Philadelphia
Dr. Shulman is a dental implants expert serving patients in northeast Philadelphia, PA. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 215.372.1142.