Don’t Go Through Life with Missing Teeth
Even if you’re just missing one tooth, it can weaken your surrounding teeth and lead to other problems in your day-to-day life.
From pain during eating to uncomfortable feelings while smiling and being social, the problems associated with missing teeth are significant and widely-varied. Ultimately, any restoration is far better than living with missing teeth.
Dental Implants Set the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth
No other restorative treatment provides the advantages of dental implants. Only dental implants can prevent your jawbone from shrinking over time. Plus, they offer an unparalleled level of chewing and speaking strength and they’re designed to last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Ultimately, there are a lot of reasons why dental implants are known as the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
The 3 Parts of a Dental Implant
A dental implant consists of:
- The Titanium Implant Fixture
- An Abutment
- A Final Restoration — Generally, a Porcelain Crown or Denture
The durability of the dental implant comes from the fact that the fixture is surgically placed into your jawbone – through a process called osseointegration, it bonds together with your bone.
After the fixture is securely in place, the stable connecting piece called an abutment is attached. Once the necessary restoration is attached to the abutment, your dental implant treatnent is complete.
Additionally, it’s also important to know that some patients may require supplemental procedures before they qualify for this treatment.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
At Smile! Dental Center, we provide a variety of restorative treatments. Restorative services that we offer here include dentures, bridges, and partials, but our specialty is dental implants.
Dental implants are a great solution for you, if:
- You want to replace missing teeth with beautiful, natural-looking restorations
- You want the freedom to laugh, smile, and speak without hesitation
- You want to eat all your favorite foods again
- You want a long-lasting solution that protects your oral health
- You want to live a happier life with ease and maximum comfort
Common Questions About Dental Implants
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered by Dr. Foust:
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with good care. Each of our patients at Smile! Dental Center who receive dental implants are informed on how to properly care for their implant to ensure it lasts.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a dental implant will vary for each patient depending on the condition of their teeth, jaw, and gums.
When you schedule your consultation we can review your smile goals, determine if you’ll need any supplemental procedures, and see how many implants you’ll need. After these factors are discussed, we can provide you with a more accurate estimate of the cost of your treatment.
How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?
Following your dental implant procedure, it’s important to stick to a soft food or liquid diet, refrain from smoking and drinking alocohol, and avoid using a straw or spitting.
Once your inital healing process is complete, you’ll need to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash regularly, just as you do with your natural teeth.
As always, come in to visit for your biannual dental check-ups and don’t hesitate to give our office a call if something comes up.
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
Here at Smile! Dental Center, we accept many dental insurance providers that will give coverage for your implant procedure.
In some cases, there may be a remaining balance based on what your provider will cover, but this can be determined together at your consultation.
We also offer The Smile! Plan, which is an annual membership to help cover the costs of your visits.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
If you notice a problem with your dental implant, the first thing you should do is give our office a call so you can come in to get it checked.
Our team can quickly begin treatment before these issues progress or affect the health of your implant.
Ready to Start Your Implant Treatment?
Dr. Foust is the right dentist for implants in and around Gibsonia, PA. As a graduate of the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute and diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Foust is one of the area’s leading dental implant providers.
Smile! Dental Center is also proud to work closely with the Misch Institute’s Faculty Director, Dr. Randy Resnick.
If you’re missing teeth and are considering dental implants, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Foust. During the consultation, you can ask him any questions you may have. Also, he’ll examine your teeth and will develop a treatment plan that works for you.
A consultation with Dr. Foust is just a phone call away. We look forward to seeing you!