Do I have to replace my missing teeth?
It is actually very important that you replace your missing teeth. Not only can it lead to a drop in self-esteem but it can also impact your oral health. Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that area will begin to deteriorate. Over the years, the lower half of the face will begin to collapse, adding years to your appearance. A void in a row of teeth will cause teeth to shift. Additionally missing teeth can lead to jaw misalignment and increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Drew Shulman, your trusted Northeast Philadelphia dentist, will recommend filling gaps in your smile with dental implants.
What exactly are dental implants?
A dental implant is made up of three parts. The implant itself is a metal screw-like post that is made of titanium. This part is surgically placed in the jaw bone and replaces the tooth root. The next part is a small piece called an abutment. It will screw right on to the implant post and sit at the gum line. The last part is the dental restoration. The kind of restoration you will need is determined by how many teeth you are replacing and where they are located.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Dr. Shulman can replace just one, several or even all of your teeth with dental implants. For patients missing just one tooth, a single implant will be placed and a dental crown will be secured to it. For multiple missing teeth, anywhere from two to eight implants may be placed and a dental bridge, partial denture or denture will be secured to them.
Is there a chance my implants will fail?
Dental implants hold more than a 95% success rate. There are the rare occasions when the implant does not completely fuse with the surrounding jawbone. After the implants are surgically placed, they must have a healthy environment to heal in. Proper oral hygiene is very important to the success of teeth implants. The implants will need to be removed and the site will be left to heal. We can usually place another implant once the site has healed.
How long does it take to complete treatment?
The length of time it takes to complete the implant treatment will vary greatly depending on the needs of the patient. In general, the process takes four to eight months but can take much longer for complex cases. If you need a bone graft, gum disease treatment or any other pre-treatments, then the treatment time will take much longer. After a consultation, Philadelphia dentist Dr. Shulman will create a treatment plan where he will be able to give you an estimated time frame. This will fluctuate based on healing times.
What are mini dental implants?
Mini implants are a great option for patients with an insufficient amount of jawbone available to hold a regular implant. They are smaller than a regular implant, ranging from 1.8 to 3.3 mm in diameter. The abutment is already attached to it which will eliminate a second surgery that is typically needed to attach an abutment. The surgery to place them is faster and you will heal faster as well. They are also less expensive than a regular implant.
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