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Dental Implants Improving Fox Chapel Smiles

Permanently Replace Your Missing Teeth

It is a simple fact that when it comes to replacing missing teeth, the best, longest-lasting solution available is dental implant supported restoration. They can do things that other restorative procedures simply can’t, and implants help ensure your long term oral health in addition to closing the gaps in your smile. Dr. Voller has been restoring dental implants for many years, and he has the experience to make sure you get a smile you’ll be eager to share. If you’d like to learn more about getting dental implants, or want to schedule a consultation, simply contact us at either our Kittanning or Fox Chapel office.

What are dental implants? 

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into your jaw to restore the root of your tooth. In addition to creating a sturdy base for a replacement tooth or teeth, it also provides essential support to your jaw, so it can remain healthy, and allow your mouth to function normally.

Before and after replacement teethDental Implant Retained Crowns & Bridges

One of the most common uses for dental implants is to support a crown or bridge. To replace a single tooth, an all-porcelain crown is attached to the implant using a metal screw called an abutment. In the case of a bridge, this crown would then be attached to a prosthetic tooth that sits on top of your gums. Both treatments provide a much more secure restoration than traditional crowns and bridges, and the porcelain teeth can be made to perfectly mimic a tooth’s size, shape, and color. With proper brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups, implant retained crowns and bridges can easily last a lifetime.

Implant retained partial denture before placementDental Implant Retained Prosthetics

Do you have dentures that frequently pop, click, slip, or are just uncomfortable? Do they inhibit you from eating your favorite foods? Thanks to dental implants, you can get a set of dentures that will fit better, last longer, and allow you to eat anything you want.

Implant retained dentures use multiple implant posts for support. The exact number of posts is entirely dependent on your particular situation. They are an improvement over traditional dentures — beyond being more secure, they also help keep your entire mouth healthy. After extensive tooth loss, it is natural for the body to limit the blood flow to the jaw. This can cause the bone to deteriorate and may cause the face to look sunken. With implant retained dentures, blood flow is restored, and bone is retained, which means that the dentures will fit just like they should for years to come. Dental implants also provide a much stronger bite force, meaning that patients will be able to eat all of the healthy foods they want without issue or worry.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

 While no treatment is right for every patient, if you do decide to move forward with dental implants, you can expect to experience a number of benefits, including:

  • Longevity – unlike other tooth replacement prosthetics that typically need to be repaired or replaced within five to ten years, dental implant supported tooth replacements will last for two or more decades. Many patients are even able to retain their implant supported restoration for the rest of their life.
  • Stability – especially for patients with partials or full dentures, the natural function of implant supported prosthetics significantly increase stability and improves function. This means patients are able to eat a wider array of foods and speak and smile confidently in any situation.
  • Cosmetic superiority – because dental implant supported restorations more closely resemble natural teeth, they look better. Even complete dentures are held firmly in place, delivering flawless, healthy smiles.

How Much do Dental Implants Cost? 

The cost of dental implants varies dramatically between patients. The price of your implants will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The number and position of dental implants posts
  • Materials used to craft dental implant posts
  • The need for preparatory procedures like tooth extractions, bone grafts, and soft tissue grafting
  • Use of dental sedation during any aspect of the treatment plan
  • The tooth replacement prosthetics, including dental crowns, bridges, or dentures

What is the Success Rate and Maintenance for Dental Implants? 

With proper surgical positioning and care, dental implants have a 95% placement success rate. Once your dental implants are in place, proper at-home care will improve your ability to maintain your implant supported tooth replacement for life. You’ll need to brush and floss teeth as usual. You may want to use a water flosser to clean around the gum line if you have an implant supported denture. We will walk you through the best techniques to care for your new smile. You will also need to visit us at least two times a year for dental checkups. During these visits, we’ll examine your implant supported prosthetic for areas of damage and make repairs to extend the life of your implant retained replacement tooth or teeth.

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