Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Allentown, PA
If you’re missing one or several permanent teeth, your oral health is at risk. However, dental implants can restore your smile and prevent further complications. At Suburban Dental in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Stephen Charnitski, DMD, and his professional dental team offer single or multiple dental implants and full mouth reconstructions that last for many years. To learn more, call today or book a consultation online.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts placed into your jawbone to serve as highly durable anchors for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. The Suburban Dental team can provide full mouth reconstructions with implants.
Dental implants replace your tooth roots to preserve your smile and improve your ability to chew food and speak well.
Dental implants don’t need your surrounding teeth for support. Your bone grows around the implant, securing it in place.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants might be right for you if you’re missing one or several permanent teeth. You also need to have healthy gum tissue and a strong jawbone to support the implants. If not, you may first need to have a bone graft.
Your provider evaluates your oral health before your procedure to determine the necessary steps to improve your condition.
What is it like to get dental implants?
Getting dental implants takes more than one visit and often several months.
During your first visit, your provider takes X-rays and impressions of your teeth and jawbone to determine spacing for your implant. Your provider numbs the targeted area and places the implant into your jawbone.
It can take up to six months to fully fuse. You may also need to have another procedure to place the post that holds the artificial tooth in place. Other implants may already have an anchor that can be attached and placed at the same time as your restoration.
Once the fit feels comfortable, your provider uses dental cement to permanently affix your artificial tooth to your implant.
How do I make my dental implants last?
Whether you have one or more implants or a full mouth reconstruction, you should treat your implants the same way you take care of your natural teeth. Your provider’s recommendations include:
- Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss at least once a day
- Use an antiseptic mouth rinse daily
- See your dentist every six months for a routine professional cleaning and exam
These steps can ensure that your dental implants and restorations stay strong and long-lasting.
To find out if dental implants might be right for you, schedule a consultation with the Suburban Dental team today. Call the office or book your appointment online today.