Dr. Hunsicker-Morrissey Explains Dental Implants Read Transcript
A dental implant is a great option for most patients if they're missing a tooth because in the past the only way we had to replace that tooth was to make a bridge, which you cut down two good teeth to hold up the missing tooth, or they had to wear a partial, which is a metal framework basically that clamps on to their teeth and they take out at night before they go to bed, which a lot of people it's just not a desirable treatment for.
Dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth, and patients really love them. They really find the whole procedure to not be frightening or to be really a lot less than the extraction of the tooth, and it really amazes a lot of patients. We're so lucky in this time that we have the ability to replace their tooth with an implant.
Dental implants from your chosen Hellertown, PA dentist will seamlessly fit into your smile. The look, feel, and stability will be just like that of a real tooth. In the past, your only options for replacing a missing tooth were a dental bridge or dentures, and while these are still great options to help fill out your smile, the introduction of dental implants can now give you a whole new sense of security in your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
When people say they have dental implants, many times they are referring to a replacement tooth. Strictly speaking, a dental implant is not a replacement tooth. It is instead a replacement tooth root. Your favorite Hellertown, PA dentist at Hellertown Dental Group will gently place the titanium dental implant into your jawbone. The titanium allows the implant to fuse with the bone. This is what gives the implant its unmatched stability while in your jaw. It begins to act just like your natural tooth root did. A replacement tooth, referred to as a crown (different than the cap like crowns for damaged teeth) is then placed on top of it. Together, they form your new replacement tooth.
What Types Of Implants Does Hellertown Dental Group Offer?
There are three types of dental implants we offer to our patients.
Traditional Implant – This is a normal-sized implant, recommended for use on both the top and bottom parts of your jaw. An implant will give you the stability, look, and feel of your natural tooth.
Mini Implants – These smaller-gauge implants require a less invasive placement technique. This means you will have a shorter recovery time following the placement. They are often used to secure dentures.
Wide-Body Implants – These are a wider gauge and shorter length than the other types of dental implants. This means that the implant will not go as deeply into your jawbone, thus eliminating the possibility of affecting nerves that run through your dental structure as well as your sinus cavity. These fit well in molars after extraction and can help avoid bone grafting around the area.
Are Implants Better Than Dentures?
Dental implants have actually been integrated into our denture offerings. With dentures secured by dental implants, the need for messy adhesives has gone by the wayside. Implant-supported dentures offer the stability of dental implants and the look of a full mouth of teeth. Ask your trusted Hellertown, PA dentist at Hellertown Dental Group about how dental implants can improve your denture experience.