Dental Implants – Kittanning, PA

Laying the Foundation
of a New Smile

It is a simple fact that when it comes to replacing missing teeth, the best, longest-lasting solution available is dental implants. 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. Most importantly, however, dental implants have the potential to dramatically improve your quality of life and permanently replace your missing teeth. 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 at our Kittanning, PA dental office or to schedule a consultation, simply contact us at our dental office.

Why Choose Voller Dentistry, PC for Dental Implants?

  • Partnered with Local Experts for Implant Placement
  • Reliably Long-Lasting, Lifelike Dental Restorations
  • Early, Late, and Saturday Hours Available

What Are Dental Implants?

Animated smile during dental implant placement and restoration process

Dental implants are different from any other type of toot loss solution because they’re designed to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth. Essentially, a dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed directly into the jawbone to mimic the roots of a missing tooth. Other options like dentures and dental bridges replace teeth by relying on healthy tooth structure and the gums, which provides far less comfortable and functional results that only last a few years. Replacing missing teeth from the roots up ensures your new tooth looks and feels just like a natural one. Additionally, this unique placement can keep it in place for decades or even a lifetime to come while preserving your jawbone density. Implants can also be used to anchor full or partial dentures or bridges and offer a decay-free optional way to replace or hold teeth in place during function. With dental implants, you can regain a complete, confident smile as if you were never missing any teeth in the first place.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Animated smile comparing dental implant supported tooth to natural teeth

There is no one “right” answer for replacing teeth, and every patient has unique needs to consider. That being said, however, there’s a reason why dental implants are considered to be in a class of their own. There are many benefits to having a crown, bridge, or denture supported by a sturdy implant post that has fully integrated with your jawbone. Read on to learn more about some of the advantages that dental implants have to offer and be sure to reach out to our team to discuss how they could help you personally.

Day-to-Day Benefits

Smiling patient enjoying the day to day benefits of dental implants

Thanks to the strength and stability of dental implants, your new teeth will help you get the absolute most out of life:

  • Unrestricted Diet: Since dental implants are much stronger than traditional bridges and dentures, they allow you to safely chew virtually any kind of food. You won’t have to stay away from tough meats and other meals that often prove challenging for regular dental prosthetics; you’ll be able to eat your favorite meals the same way you did with your natural teeth.
  • Clearer Speech: Because normal dentures are prone to slipping around in your mouth, they can often cause you to slur and mumble your words at awkward moments. Dental implants, on the other hand, are completely secure, so you can speak confidently and at length without a problem.
  • Natural-Looking Smile: Your implant restorations will be carefully designed to match your other teeth and complement the rest of your face for the best possible aesthetic result.
  • Easy Oral Hygiene: When the time comes to clean your dental implants, you’ll find that it’s not that much different that taking care of your natural teeth. All you have to do is brush and floss like you normally would!

Health Benefits

Older patient enjoying the health benefits of dental implants

While your dental implants are making your everyday life easier, they’ll also be actively contributing to your oral health as well.

  • Jawbone Preservation: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing it from breaking down. Traditional dentures and bridges cannot offer this benefit because they don’t interact with the jawbone directly.
  • Keep Your Natural Teeth Safe: A dental implant post and restoration can serve as a placeholder for the gap in your smile so that your natural teeth don’t drift out of place. And since implants are self-supporting, we won’t have to make alterations to other teeth in order to place them.
  • Systemic Health Benefits: Did you know tooth loss has been linked to various systemic health issues? It’s thought that dental implants can go a long way towards lowering such risks since they’re the next best thing to getting your original teeth back.

Long-Term Benefits

Patient enjoying the long term benefits of dental implants

It’s often said that dental implants ultimately end up paying for themselves thanks to their longevity and high success rate.

  • Safe, Highly Successful Treatment: The success rate of dental implants remains extremely high – around 95 percent – even after two decades.
  • Improved Appearance: Having dental implants to help you maintain a strong, healthy jawbone will make all the difference for your facial appearance in your later years.
  • Long Lifespan: You won’t have to worry about replacing dental implants too often; they can easily last for decades with the right care.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Woman with dental implant supported replacement teeth sharing full smile

No matter how many teeth you’ve lost or where they’re located, dental implants are versatile enough to completely fill in the gaps. If you’re currently dealing with tooth loss and think that dental implants might be your best option, call us for a consultation so that we can examine your mouth. Your treatment plan will be customized based on the number of missing teeth and your current health needs. Read below to learn more about what makes a good candidate for implant treatment.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Man sharing smile after dental implant tooth replacement

If you are an adult who’s in overall good health, you can most likely get dental implants. The process does involve a minor surgery, so we’ll need to confirm that you’re healthy enough for that. Also, gum disease and cavities will need to be treated before the procedure; otherwise, they could potentially contribute to implant failure. Finally, we’ll have to evaluate the density and strength of your jawbone. Bone grafting may be required if your jawbone currently lacks the density needed to successfully fuse with implants.

Missing 1 Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

When you get a dental implant to replace one tooth, it will be topped with a dental crown similar to the way a natural tooth would be restored after an injury. A single dental implant has a longer lifespan than traditional tooth replacement options, and the implant in the jaw will be able to directly mimic the missing tooth roots. The crown that we place on your implant will be the same size, shape, and color as your natural teeth; as a result, it will match the rest of your smile so well that most people won’t even realize that you lost a tooth at all.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Implants can be used in various ways to replace multiple teeth at once. For consecutive missing teeth, you can get a bridge anchored to a pair of implants instead of the natural teeth. This makes your bridge more stable and lets you save more of your natural enamel. On the other hand, if the teeth you lost were in different parts of the arch, you may need a partial implant denture instead. A select number of implants will be used to support a prosthetic that has been personalized to fit in the smile like a puzzle piece.

Missing All Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

Full dentures can be held in place with about 4 to 6 dental implants. The exact number will vary, but the goal is to provide the most stability with the fewest number of implant posts. Some dentures are permanently fixed in place while others can be removed; both have their advantages and disadvantages, and which one you get depends on your needs and your preferences. Implant dentures do not slip or come loose, meaning you can eat whatever you want or speak at length with full confidence that your teeth will stay in place at all times.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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The cost of dental implants varies dramatically between patients. The price of your dental implants will depend on many 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

While most dental insurance companies don’t yet offer dental implant coverage, your benefits may cover some of the cost. Each company offers its own set of benefits, and they’ll generally offer different levels of coverage for certain procedures. Some insurance plans help pay for the implants themselves. Others won’t pay for the actual surgery but are willing to cover related treatments. For example, they might help pay for the dental crown placed on the implant. It’s important to know ahead of time what your plan offers, so be sure to mention the issue when you call to schedule your appointment as well as during the consultation itself.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

Animated smile showing need to care for dental implant supported replacement tooth like natural teeth

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 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 dental implant for areas of damage and make repairs to extend the life of your newly rebuilt smile.

Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that the information on this page helps you better understand what getting dental implants in Kittanning is like. Of course, you might still have some concerns about the process; we encourage you to call our team right away if there’s anything you want to know about the implant procedure. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we’ve heard from patients when it comes to implants. Check to see if your questions are already answered here.

What Can Cause My Dental Implants to Fail?

Implant failure is quite rare, but when it does happen, it’s usually due to either a form of gum disease called peri-implantitis or a failed osseointegration process. The former can occur when you don’t brush and floss the area around your implant properly and fail to have regular checkups performed; the latter is often a consequence of a lack of bone density, but it could also be a side effect of teeth grinding, tobacco use, and certain medications. We will review your dental and medical history during your first implant consultation, and if we find anything that could put you at risk for implant failure, we can discuss ways to overcome the issue and protect your new smile.

Will Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Many people are surprised that implant surgery is much more comfortable than they thought it would be. We will numb your mouth and use state-of-the-art techniques designed to stop you from experiencing pain during the actual treatment. Afterward, we’ll give you post-operative instructions that will help ensure that you experience as little discomfort as possible while your mouth heals. Some patients find they don’t even need to use the pain medication that is prescribed after the procedure.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Have Dental Implants?

A lot of people worry that prosthetic teeth will stand out among their natural teeth, but with dental implants, that’s a non-issue. The implant post won’t be visible at all; it will be completely hidden under the restoration and the gums. Meanwhile, your new crown, bridge, or dentures will be designed to match the size, shape, and shade of the existing teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from the real things. You also won’t have to worry about your teeth slipping at the wrong moments thanks to the stability of your implant posts, meaning no embarrassing slurring of your words or chewing malfunctions that draw the worst sort of attention to your dental prosthetics.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?

There are little to no dietary restrictions when it comes to dental implants. The posts have the strength and stability of real teeth, so you won’t have any problem chewing tough meats and other foods that often cause problems with traditional dentures. You will need to maintain a soft food diet for a while after the implants have been placed, but once your mouth has fully recovered, you can go ahead and indulge in your favorite meals. You should, however, still be careful around hard foods that can cause cracks, chips, and other types of damage.