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Dental Implants

The loss of teeth is no joke. When a person loses a tooth, it not only affects the look of their smile, it also affects the actual bone structure of the jaw.

Without the natural demand to support the teeth, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. This causes problems with eating, talking, and other functions fundamental to living a healthy life.

dental implants in west chesterAre you or someone you love suffering from tooth loss? Do you find it hard to consume and enjoy your food? With missing teeth, life can become an obstacle that causes more than you bargained for. This is why people turn to Chester County Family Dentistry for affordable dental implants in West Chester.

 

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium “roots” that are surgically inserted into the jaw to replace natural tooth roots. Because they are secured by the jawbone, they are not visible after surgery has been performed.

Depending on the needs of the patient and the state of their jawbone, Dr. Dave or Dr. Ryan will probably recommend one of two types of dental implants. The most common type of dental implant, which is inserted into the jaw, is called an endosteal implant. If the patient cannot wear conventional dentures and has less jawbone height, they will most likely need subperiosteal implants that are placed on top of the jaw instead of directly into the jawbone.

 

Why Dental Implants?

There are so many positives to getting dental implants. A few of the most noteworthy include:

  • Implants are made out of titanium which encourages bone growth that intertwines with the threads of the dental implants. This allows for stimulation of bone growth instead of deterioration.
  • Unlike other options, dental implants can last a lifetime. This proves to be both cost-effective and life-enhancing.
  • With dental implants, your natural teeth are protected. Other options, such as tooth-supporting bridges, damage your remaining teeth over time.

 

Why Is It Important To Replace Lost Teeth?

As mentioned before, when teeth are missing, that area of the jaw begins to lose bone structure, causing your teeth to shift and close the gap. When there is nothing for the bone to be stimulated by, it reabsorbs.

Without replacing lost teeth, you will also have trouble performing day to day activities, such as eating and sometimes talking. The more teeth that are lost, the more function is lost. Not only will chewing and eating become difficult, but your jaw will begin to change the look of your face and create more functional issues.

 

Your Options & the Implant Process

Another benefit of dental implants is the number of options you have. Whether you are missing one tooth, multiples, or even all of your teeth, dental implants can give you your best chance at returning to a normal life.

Once Dr. Dave or Dr. Ryan have decided that dental implants are your prime option, the dental implant procedure is as follows:

  • Our oral surgery team surgically inserts the dental implants into the open space(s) of your jawbone.
  • If Dr. Dave or Dr. Ryan decides to wait before attaching the replacement teeth, there will be waiting period for the bone to heal around the implant. This healing process is called osseointegration.
  • The final step in the process depends on the number of teeth you are having replaced:
    • Single Tooth Replacement – a crown crafted to match your other teeth will be attached to the implant.
    • Multiple Tooth Replacement – multiple crowns or an implant-supported bridge will replace your missing teeth.
    • Removable Implant Supported Tooth Replacement – this would require an implant-supported bridge or a full set of dental implants.

 

Aftercare

Following your dental implant procedure, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you get the optimum dental implant experience.

First, make sure you keep up with a daily dental hygiene routine. Brush all of your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. You can also get an interdental toothbrush that cleans those hard to reach spots in the mouth or an electric toothbrush if you find effective plaque removal a challenge.

If you are a smoker, now is the time to throw that pack in the trash. Smoking can contribute to periodontal (gum) disease which can lead to bone loss around your new dental implants and lead to their premature loss.

As always, get in to see our office for your semi-annual check-ups. This way Dr. Dave and Dr. Ryan can keep an eye on any adjustments that might need to be made with your implants.

 

Your Dental Implant Specialist

It is important to have a dental professional whom you can trust to perform the dental implant procedure with utmost care and precision. Chester County Family Dentistry has a trustworthy pair of dentists and three outstanding hygienists who will make sure that any of your questions or concerns are answered. Whether you are looking to get dental implants or have other dental needs, please feel free to give us a call at 610-431-0600 to set up an appointment.

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