Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
If you currently have a lost tooth, then Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, can install a dental implant that not only restores your smile but your bite as well.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is considered to be the finest tooth replacement option available today in the field of restorative dentistry.
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- The implant itself, a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone
- A crown, which replaces the exterior of the lost tooth
- An abutment, which connects the crown to the implant
Why choose a dental implant?
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option available that protects a patient against jawbone deterioration. Any patient who loses a tooth eventually will experience recession of the supporting bone structure and jawbone because the tooth root no longer stimulates that area of the jawbone. The implant replaces that missing tooth root as well as the crown portion of the tooth. The results leave you with a natural look and feel to your smile.
Unlike other tooth replacements such as dentures or bridgework, an implant is long lasting and resistant tooth decay. An implant does not slip the way dentures can because an implant surgically anchored in the jawbone. It also is easy to maintain, just by brushing and flossing the same way you care for your existing natural teeth.
Implants also have a 95 percent success rate, easily the highest among all tooth replacements in the field of restorative dentistry. The best way to prolong the life of your dental implant is to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist for regular checkups and dental cleanings.
What can you expect from a dental implant?
Having a dental implant entails making multiple visits. At the first visit, the implant itself is surgically inserted into the jawbone. After the healing process, which takes anywhere from 3-6 months, the dentist will cap the implant with a crown, which has been designed to be as indistinguishable as possible from your other natural teeth.
Are dental implants right for me?
Implants are not a viable treatment option for children, or any patient currently suffering from gum disease. Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, will perform a comprehensive examination of your oral health before beginning the process of installing a dental implant. If you currently have both lost teeth and gum disease, then we can treat the gum disease before an implant is installed, although additional restorative treatments may be necessary before the implant procedure is completed.
To learn more about implants or any of our other tooth replacement options, contact our office by calling (814) 825-2615.