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Improving Dental Implants for Allentown Families

Losing one or more teeth is devastating, both for a patient’s oral health and their self-esteem. Dental implants sound scary, and we’ve all heard horror stories of painful, expensive dental procedure experiences. You can trust Dr. Young and Dr. Enea to make dental implants a less stressful experience. We’re happy to recommend a trusted specialist in the area to handle the surgical portion of your dental implants procedure. Then, you’ll return to our office so that we can complete your new implants with new, personalized restorations, giving you back the complete, natural look you’ve been sorely missing.

Why Do I Need a Dental Implant?

Dentists will do everything in their power to save an existing tooth through dental cleanings, fillings, root canals, and crowns. Sometimes, however, a tooth is too damaged to be saved and must be removed before decay spreads to the surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Single-tooth implants help prevent the need for more major dental procedures in the future; dental implants are also used to help anchor full bridges and dentures. A dental implant is more secure and stable than a traditional cemented crown or removable dentures, and reduces possible gum tissue irritation. When properly maintained with oral hygiene and biannual dental checkups, dental implants can last 40 years or more, making them an effective long-term treatment for patients.

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a screw-, cylinder-, or blade-shaped titanium implant that crowns, bridges, or dentures are inserted into after the implant is surgically installed. Dental surgeons will administer anesthesia to ensure patients don’t experience pain during the procedure. They then remove the old tooth, clean the socket, and drill a small hole in the jaw bone for the implant base. The implant is inserted, followed by a protective cover screw and stitches. Most implant bases need to heal before the implant itself can be installed, sometimes for up to six months, allowing the jaw bone to heal around the implant base. Prior to implant surgery, the replacement tooth or teeth will be crafted using molds and scans of the mouth, and colored to match the patient’s other teeth.

Finally, dentists will open the gum tissue over the implant base and place the tooth replacement(s) into the base using an abutment. The crown, bridges, or dentures are then shaved and filed to perfectly  align with the patient’s existing teeth. The result should be indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide the patient with a reinvigorated, pain-free mouth.

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Dr. Young and Dr. Enea have over 30 years’ combined experience in family and restorative dentistry, and are proud to take care of patients in the Allentown, PA area. We’ll work with you and your insurance to give you personalized, comfortable care that makes a true difference in your long-term health.