Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. If you are missing teeth or plan to replace one or more teeth in the near future, then you should consider getting dental implants.
An implant is a small metal post that is placed in the bone where your tooth used to be. The implant is hidden beneath the gums and bone, and it supports a dental restoration like a crown to fill in the gap in your smile.
The decision to get a dental implant is a life-changing one, so it’s not the kind of decision you can make lightly. On this page, we’re sharing everything you need to know to make a wise decision about your treatment.
Most dental implants are single tooth replacements, but others can support a restoration that replaces multiple teeth in a row.
A crown covers a single-tooth dental implant and makes it look like a brand-new tooth that blends in with the rest of your teeth.
If you are missing several teeth in a row, then a bridge supported by one or two implants can complete your smile.
You can get two dental implants to give your denture added security.
Here’s what to expect during your implant treatment experience at our Allentown dental practice:
A comprehensive dental examination is the first step. We will take X-rays and a three-dimensional CT scan of your jaw to evaluate your mouth and find out if dental implants are right for you. After we go over your treatment plan with you, we’ll start planning your surgery.
On the day of your surgery, the dentist will administer an injection of local anaesthesia to ensure that the treatment site is numb. Next, the dentist will open up the gums and then drill a small hole in the bone underneath. Then, after carefully placing the implant into the hole, the dentist will close up the gums around the implant so that it can begin healing.
You’ll need to let your implant heal for a few months before you can begin using it. In the meantime, we’ll be designing your restoration. Once your implant has successfully healed with the bone in your mouth, we will attach the restoration to your implant, and your new tooth will be ready.