With over 120 million people in the U.S. missing at least one tooth, dental implants are a popular choice to replace missing or damaged teeth. In fact, nearly 5 million people each year get dental implants.
If you’re missing one or more teeth or they are damaged in any way, dental implants could be a good solution for you, too. And the good news is that dental implants are fairly straightforward, can be very affordable, and are a safe choice—the success rate of dental implants is 95%. Plus, you can get dental implants in Philadelphia at Penn Dental Family Practice, the area’s trusted dental provider.
Find the answers here to your most important questions about dental implants in Philadelphia.
Natural teeth are made up of two parts: the root (the bone inside the gum, out of sight, which attaches to your jaw and holds the tooth in place) and the crown (the visible tooth part, used for chewing, smiling, and for all the things we use teeth). Dental implants are the process of replacing the root of the tooth with an advanced synthetic root (the implant or screw) that the dentist can put a crown or other prostheses onto to replace or repair missing or damaged teeth.
Patients who are interested in getting dental implants may think they’ll need many appointments and scans before they can get them, but this is not necessarily true. While surgery always requires more preparation than a dental cleaning, determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants is not a long process. The procedure itself, however, takes place over several months.
Dental implants require outpatient surgery, usually performed over several visits to allow for healing time between each step:
It is very important that patients heal so that they can have a strong bone foundation for their new tooth. Many patients are surprised at how long this can take. You can expect this whole process of getting dental implants to take between three and nine months. Certain factors, such as your overall dental health, the size of your jawbone, whether you need a bone graft, and other factors, can contribute to the time this process will take.
Getting dental implants is a fairly serious procedure. While it is not terribly invasive, it does take some time, and healing is very important. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
If you meet the criteria above, you may be a good candidate to get dental implants. You should consult your dentist to learn more and to go through the screening process.
Depending on the condition of their teeth, there are many dental implant options for patients. Options include:
You should start by talking to your general dentist to see if dental implants are right for you. If your dentist thinks you may be a good candidate, you should consider visiting the expert prosthodontist team at Philadelphia’s Penn Dental Family Practice.
If you have any further questions about dental implants and how they can help you get your smile back, please don’t hesitate to contact Penn Dental Family Practice at 215-898-PDFP (7337).
In the meantime, to help you find out if the dental implant process is a solution for your situation, we’ve developed a complimentary brochure, Smile With Confidence: Your Dental Implant Options, which you can download for free.