Dental Implants


What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jaw bone to mimic tooth roots. A prosthetic tooth, dental bridge, or denture is later attached to the implant to replace natural teeth that are missing or have been lost due to trauma or decay.  Functionally and esthetically, dental implants are the closest and most ideal replacement to natural teeth.

A medical history, examination of the mouth, and x-rays, including 3-D diagnostic imaging, are used to help determine a patient’s candidacy for dental implants and to plan the size, location, and number of implants needed to achieve the desired result. The procedure itself is straightforward, and the recovery time is typically minimal. Most post-op discomfort is well managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Once the dental implant has stabilized (typically between 3-4 months after placement), a custom-made prosthetic is attached. For a single tooth replacement, this would be an implant-supported dental crown. An implant-supported bridge or denture will be placed to replace multiple teeth in the same arch. The entire process from start to delivery of the final restoration(s) typically takes four to eight months.

Dental implants in Southampton, PA, are worth considering if you miss one or more teeth. Dental implants can give you back your full smile, improve oral health, and look and feel natural. Contact Sleek Smile Studio to find out more.

Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth and are wondering if dental implants are the right treatment for you, the following are common reasons patients get implants:

  • Dental implants are the closest replacement for natural teeth in both form and function.
  • Easy to maintain with good home oral hygiene and regular dental hygiene visits.
  • Implant-supported dentures are much more comfortable and sturdy compared to traditional dentures.
  • Allow for the replacement of a single missing tooth without affecting otherwise health teeth nearby.

Want to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants?  Schedule a consult with Dr. Paola Bukovcan at Sleek Smile Studio to discuss this and other options for replacing your lost or missing teeth.