Dental Implants in Hershey PA
Since dental implants were first introduced over thirty years ago, they have become dentistry’s gold standard for tooth replacement. The primary goal of a dental implant is to replace missing teeth and restore the appearance of your smile. But they’re also effective for resolving the problem of deterioration of bone that often follows the loss of a tooth.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that becomes the replacement root for a missing natural tooth. Dr. Davis can precisely place dental implants in either the upper or lower jaw. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, it will ultimately fuse securely with surrounding bone and tissue, forming a stable anchor for a replacement tooth like a crown, bridge, or denture. We can use a dental implant to replace single or multiple missing teeth.
Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
There are several reasons to consider replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. When you lose a tooth, the root structure that supports the tooth is also lost. Without this structure to support it, the jawbone can deteriorate and shrink over time, causing your face to look sunken and older than your years. Since a dental implant is gradually absorbed by surrounding bone, it halts the process of deterioration.
Dental implants are a freestanding tooth replacement and don’t require the additional support of neighboring teeth as bridges do. The dental implant is stable and comfortable, and no adjustment is necessary after placement.
When properly cared for, a dental implant can last a lifetime. A proper oral health care routine of daily flossing and brushing, along with regular dental checkups, will maintain the look and functionality of your dental implant.
Placing Dental Implants
Wesley R. Davis, DDS, has studied implant placement extensively, and is a Certified CAMLOG System Provider. This state-of-the-art guided implant placement system has dramatically simplified the procedure for both patients and dentists.
The major advantage of this guided surgical technique is that we can plan out placement of the implant with precision and accuracy. This dramatically reduces treatment and healing times as well as minimizes the discomfort usually associated with traditional dental implant placement techniques.
From start to finish, the process of placing and restoring a dental implant can take anywhere from three to six months. First, Dr. Davis places the implant and then leaves it for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, you’ll be fitted with a temporary prosthesis. When the implant has integrated with your jawbone, we’ll create the final restoration that will restore full function to the tooth.
Would You Like to Learn More?
You probably have a lot of questions about dental implants and how they relate specifically to you and your case. Your questions are always welcome, so please contact our Hershey dental office and we’ll help you arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Davis.