Dental Implants

Dental implants can be a superior tooth loss solution for patients who want a more permanent tooth replacement. These complete restorations consist of both a root-like structure and a prosthetic crown.

Implant-supported restorations are just as attractive as conventional ones, and the dental implants actually give this treatment a number of advantages in comparison to standard dental bridges or dentures.

To learn more about the treatment process involved with dental implants and the benefits of this treatment method, schedule a consultation at our office.

Dental Implant Technology: How It Works

Dental implants work because they are made of biocompatible titanium. This means that the dental implant can be osseointegrated – the bone tissue in the jaw fuses with it – over the course of several months after placement.

That osseointegration process renders dental implants as permanent fixtures in the patient’s jaw. That bond remains intact as long as the integrity of the bone tissue is not compromised by an issue such as advanced periodontal disease.

After dental implant placement, patients should be conscientious about preventing gum disease so that they can get maximum longevity from their dental implants.

Dental Implant illustration | Dr. Bury | York PA

Furthermore, patients must have sufficient bone tissue present at the implant site to support osseointegration. Therefore, bone loss can be a barrier to dental implant placement. Your dentist can discuss this with you in greater detail at your consultation.

Implant-Supported Restorations

Dental implants can be used to secure a variety of prosthetic appliances, including a single crown, dental bridge or denture. As a result, this treatment method is suitable for a wide variety of scenarios of tooth loss.

We understand that restoring a smile’s appearance is a significant concern in addressing tooth loss, and we can assure you that our restorations look nearly identical to biological teeth.

The appliances are custom-designed to match each patient’s specifications. This is particularly important when the patient has some natural teeth remaining in the smile. Every effort is made to make the crown or bridge blend with your biological teeth.

Advantages Of Dental Implants

Dental implants outperform conventional appliances in a number of aspects, including:

Durability

Dental implants preserve the surrounding bone tissue in the same way that the roots of biological teeth do, so the shape of the bone remains constant and the appliance retains its fit.

Convenience

Dental implants can be maintained just as natural teeth are, with no special tools or techniques. Furthermore, patients who opt for implant-supported dentures eliminate the need for messy denture adhesives.

Chewing Function

The dental implant’s connection to the bone facilitates the implant’s ability to tolerate stronger chewing forces than an appliance that lacks a root-like structure.

Comfort

Because dental implants are structurally similar to biological teeth, they feel more like natural teeth. You can have confidence that your replacement tooth or teeth will stay in place.

FAQs about Dental Implants:

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small cylinder that is made of titanium and surgically inserted into a patient’s jaw to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Dental implants hold prosthetic crowns, bridges or dentures in place without the need to alter surrounding teeth for support. Additionally, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the structure of both the crown and the root of the missing tooth.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implant costs are based on a number of factors, including the number of dental implants placed, the type of prosthetic appliance being placed, and related services such as x-rays or bone grafting, when needed. Your dentist can give you a more precise estimate after evaluating your case.

Keep in mind that our practice accepts a number of forms of payment, including zero percent financing through Care Credit. We offer discounts for cash payments, and we can also assist with the paperwork needed for reimbursement from your dental insurance.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

The integrity of bone tissue at the implant site is the primary factor that determines whether someone is a suitable candidate for dental implants. The patient must have enough bone material at the site to support complete osseointegration of the dental implant. If the patient has already experienced significant bone loss at the site, it may be necessary to perform a preliminary bone graft to supplement the bone tissue. In such cases, implant placement will be delayed until the bone graft has healed fully.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are placed in an outpatient surgical procedure. The dentist makes an incision in the patient’s gum at the designated location. The implant is then secured in place, and the gums are brought back together and stitched. After osseointegration has completed, the dentist will expose the dental implant, add an abutment that holds the restoration in place and secure the restoration to the implant.