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Dental Implants

Getting Familiar with Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. 

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing.
 

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture.

Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing.

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own!!!

 

Reasons to consider Dental Implants

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip and move while talking causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants are designed to anchor and stabilize replacement teeth which allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Loose dentures even with denture paste can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without soreness, and pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can restore a more natural smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require filing down other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. A dental Implant is supported by your jaw bone leaving the teeth next to the implant alone. This will make the implant restorations feel more like your own teeth improving your long-term oral health, allow easier access between teeth, and improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants can last a lifetime.
  • Convenience User Friendly. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, having silver hooks on partial dentures show when you smile as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.


What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

Many people who consider implants have removable, conventional dentures for lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. These people experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after their dental implant treatment.


The Dental Implant Procedure

The implant procedure is a surgical placement of the implant or implants in your jaw bone which requires a three to six month healing period before the implant restoration (crown) will be placed. In Certain cases a temporary crown or bridge can be immediately placed on the implants the same days as the surgery.

During this healing time, the bone grows in and around the titanium implant creating a very strong support. After the implant has “taken” and you have sufficiently healed, a very natural crown is placed on the implant.

When missing one tooth, your dentist may use a Flipper to fill the space. A Flipper is a false tooth to temporarily take the place of a missing tooth before the permanent crown is placed on the implant. Flippers are meant to be a temporary solution while awaiting the permanent crown to be placed on your implant(s).

If you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, implants may well be for you. So long as you have enough bone in the area of the missing tooth to facilitate the anchorage of the implants, this procedure can yield terrific results.


Is Old Age a Problem?

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. The dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.


How Will Dental Implants Affect My Life?

As our life span increases, a permanent dental replacement like implants is increasingly important as we get older. While dentures and removable bridges are usually loose and unstable, implants provide you with dental replacements that are both natural looking, very functional, and stable. Implants look much better, and feel better, than traditional removable bridges, and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed in place.

Improve your confidence, comfort, oral health, speech, cosmetics, and self esteem. Implants can last your lifetime.

 

 

About Genis Dental:
For over 15 years Dr. Genis, DMD has been practicing a wide variety of surgical and cosmetic dentistry procedures including dental implants, porcelain veneers, zoom tooth whitening, dental bonding, bleaching and sedation dentistry services in Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County as well as surrounding areas including following townships: Feasterville PA, Southampton PA, Richboro PA, Northampton PA, Trevose PA, Bensalem PA, Langhorne PA, Huntington Valley PA, Holland PA, Warrington PA, Warminster PA, Warwick PA and Northeast Philadelphia.
 

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