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Oral Surgery Guide – 3 Steps to Dental Implant Installation

Why You Might Need Dental Implants (And How They Work!)

Are you considering dental implants? Maybe you’ve just lost a tooth or have had problems with dentures or prosthetics in the past and need a more permanent solution.  If you’re considering getting dental implants, this dental implant guide will help.

dental implants guideWhat are dental implants exactly? Technically speaking, they are rods, usually metal, that replace the tooth’s natural root. Roots anchor teeth to the jawline and keep teeth stable and strong enough to chew and use. Dental implants fill the same role. After the dental implants are guided in and set, false teeth are attached to them. After the procedure is complete, the new (implanted) teeth act as a replacement for missing teeth and can last a lifetime.

Why choose dental implants over other options such as dentures?

  • For one, they are more stable and easier to use especially in situations where other prosthetics won’t do.  Many people prefer dental implants over dentures because they’re more comfortable–you can’t even feel them because they act just like a natural tooth.
  • In addition, the jawbone starts to break down when there’s no root, leading to further disfigurement where the gum area looks sunken and rotten. Dental implants preserve the bone by providing a new anchor, which stimulates bone growth for a healthy jaw.

A Step By Step Dental Implants Guide

How does the process work? Here, we break down the procedure down into three major steps:

  1. First, the dental implant or implants are placed in the oral cavity or cavities. This is done through oral surgery and sometimes uses a dental implant surgical guide as a template for the procedure.
  2. Next, the jawbone will grow around the implant. It can take possibly months before the implants are fully set, but in some cases the implants and replacement teeth can be set in one visit.
  3. Finally, the prosthetic tooth or teeth, also called a dental crown, are attached to the implant. These can be tailor-made in different shades, shapes and sizes depending on your unique set of teeth.

To learn more about dental implants and whether this could be an appropriate treatment for you, please consult the doctors at Penn Dental Family Practice at 215-898-PDFP(7337). They will be your dental implants guides, helping you understand options, explaining the budgeting choices to find the most cost-effective tooth replacement option available.