Dental Implants in Hershey PA
Until recently, you had limited options for replacing missing teeth. But there’s been an explosion in recent years of new dental technology and materials to the point where we can now offer state-of-the-art tooth replacement with dental implants at our Hershey, PA dental office.
Dental implants are an artificial replacement root that is placed surgically in your jaw. They provide stability for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and full and partial dentures.
Dr. Wesley R. Davis 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. We are always more than happy to talk to you about the benefits of dental implants and help determine if you are a good candidate. Listed below are some common questions about dental implants, but you are welcome to call our Hershey, PA dental office if you need assistance.
- What do dental implants do?
- What is a dental implant?
- Why should I choose a dental implant to replace a missing tooth?
- Does Dr. Davis place dental implants at your office?
- What’s the process like for getting a dental implant?
- How long does it take to get a dental implant?
- I don't want removable dentures. Can dental implants help?
- I’m nervous about having an implant placed. How can you help me?
- How long do dental implants last?
- Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
What do dental implants do?
Dental implants were first introduced over 40 years ago, and today they are the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. The ultimate goal of dental implants is to restore function and appearance by replacing missing teeth. But they’re also effective for resolving the problem of deterioration of bone in the jaw that often follows the loss of a tooth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that becomes the replacement root after a tooth is lost. 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.
Why should I choose a dental implant to replace a missing tooth?
There are several reasons to consider replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. When you lose a tooth, the root structure that supports it 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 the surrounding bone gradually absorbs a dental implant, it halts the process of deterioration.
A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement that doesn't rely on the support of neighboring teeth as bridges do. If you take good care of your teeth, your dental implant may last a lifetime. A strict oral health care routine that includes brushing and flossing daily and regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings will ensure that your implant continues to look great and function well.
Does Dr. Davis place dental implants at your office?
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 most significant advantage of this guided surgical technique is that we can plan the placement of the implant with precision and accuracy. This approach dramatically reduces treatment and healing times and minimizes the discomfort usually associated with traditional dental implant placement techniques.
Dr. Davis can handle most dental implant surgeries here in our Hershey dental office. However, there are times when we may refer you to one of the top oral surgeons in the area to ensure that you are receiving the best possible care for your unique situation.
What’s the process like for getting a dental implant?
The process for getting a dental implant takes place in three stages over several months:
Dr. Davis expertly places the implant post in your jaw during an in-office procedure that takes about an hour. Most patients tell us that the experience was much more comfortable than they thought it would be. Part of the reason for this is the technique that Dr. Davis uses advanced guided implant surgery that ensures efficient placement of the implant post in the optimal position in your jaw.
The implant post is left to heal in your jaw for about three to six months so it can integrate with the bone and tissue around it. When the post has fully integrated, Dr. Davis attaches a piece to it called an abutment. The abutment is the part of the implant that connects the restoration to the implant.
Dr. Davis will discuss with you which type of restoration will be ideal for you, including a crown, bridge, or denture. We will secure the restoration to the abutment, and you will leave our dental office with a beautiful new tooth that functions well and blends seamlessly with your smile.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
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 in your jaw and leaves it for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, we will fit you 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.
I don't want removable dentures. Can dental implants help?
Dental implants and dentures combine the best of both worlds – a denture that completes your smile and stays in place because it’s secured with dental implants.
First, Dr. Davis will evaluate your needs and check your existing dentures to see if we can adapt them to work with dental implants. Next, he will place the implants at strategic points along your jaw and allow them to heal.
When the dental implants have healed and fully integrated with your jaw bone, we will design dentures that snap onto the implants. Unlike removable dentures, your implant-dentures will stay securely in place. You will experience no more embarrassing movement when you least expect it and no more irritation from dentures that won’t stay in place.
I’m nervous about having an implant placed. How can you help me?
We know that you may be a little anxious about having your dental implant placed, but you'll be comforted to know that we offer lots of stress-reducing amenities to help you relax. Settle back with a comfy pillow and blanket and watch TV or listen to your favorite music while we tend to your needs
Your complete comfort is our priority, so our team goes out of their way to ensure that you don't experience any stress before, during, and after the procedure. A member of our team will also be with you at all times to support and encourage you.
If you're very anxious about your procedure, we offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Davis can prescribe an oral sedative for you to take before your arrival at our office. If this is the case, please note that you will require a driver to get you safely to and from your appointment.
How long do dental implants last?
Since the dental implant becomes a permanent part of your dental anatomy, it should last a lifetime with proper care. However, you must be committed to maintaining excellent gum health as periodontal disease is the biggest threat to the stability and longevity of your dental implant.
To get the most out of your investment, be diligent about brushing twice a day and flossing once. If you’re not confident with your oral hygiene technique, one of our dental hygienists will be happy to give you some pointers.
Keeping up with twice-yearly appointments for dental exams and cleanings is also essential. Gum disease can develop without any symptoms, and these appointments allow us to make sure your gums are healthy and disease-free. When we find gum disease in its earliest stages, we have the best chance of getting it under control so it doesn’t put your dental implant at risk.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Most people who want to replace missing teeth in Hershey, PA are good candidates for dental implants. But the only way to know for sure is to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Davis to discuss your needs.
A dental implant is stable because as it heals in your jaw, it integrates with surrounding bone and tissue. Eventually, when the implant post integrates completely, it becomes part of your dental structure just like your natural tooth was. So, one of the criteria is that you have enough dense bone in your jaw to support the implant post.
If Dr. Davis finds that you don’t have enough bone to support the implant, he may recommend a bone grafting procedure performed by an experienced oral surgeon. This procedure augments the bone in your jaw so that we can successfully place a dental implant.