Dental Implants – Allentown, PA
A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
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 procedures. 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 implant 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.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants can bring you many advantages, but here are some of the most popular:
- Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, keeping it healthy and strong.
- Because they fuse to your jawbone, dental implants allow for maximum biting power to eat all of your favorite foods.
- Maintenance and care are similar to your current at-home brushing and flossing routine.
- 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.
Indications for Dental Implants
One of the many reasons that we offer dental implants is their versatility. They can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even full smiles. We restore our dental implants with various options depending on your needs.
Missing Single Tooth
Our expert dentists will use an implant-retained crown to seamlessly complete your smile. This restores its appearance, function, and single-tooth implants help prevent the need for more major dental procedures in the future by stopping the shifting of your remaining teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing multiple teeth consecutively, we will use an implant-retained dental bridge to literally bridge the gap in your smile. Using an implant on either side, Dr. Young or Dr. Enea will give you a natural-looking and stable prosthetic.
Missing All Teeth
Are you missing all or most of your teeth? Our team combines custom-made dentures with dental implants to give you implant-retained dentures. This allows for the replacement of all of your teeth at once with the stability and health benefits of dental implants.
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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implants will depend on a wide-range of factors, which is why it’s hard to give an estimate without examining your mouth first. However, the main variable is how many teeth you’re missing, which will influence how many implants you need. That will also tell you which type of restoration you need, which is an additional cost to the implant itself. The best way to get a fair and precise estimate is to visit our office for a consultation. 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.
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Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants in Allentown are a lifelong investment. Although you are excited to rebuild your smile, it is natural to have several questions about the treatment. At Bradford Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want you to feel confident in your decision. We thoroughly explain the treatment process and take the time to answer your questions during your initial consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about dental implants to help you make the right choice for your smile.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Dental implants can last for several decades with the right foundation and the proper care over the years. Their long-term success relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts and remaining infection-free. As a result, you are not a candidate for dental implants if you have active gum disease. The infection can compromise the health of your jawbone and prevent your body from healing properly, but do not worry. You can become a candidate for dental implants using periodontal therapy.
How can dental implants stop bone loss?
When you lose a tooth, the crown is not the only thing missing. You also lose the root. Now, your jaw is no longer stimulated in the area, which causes the bone to deteriorate. Over time, this leads to several oral health issues, such as additional tooth loss.
Traditional dental prosthetics only replace the crown of a tooth, but dental implants go a step further. Surgically placing the titanium implant post into your jawbone allows it to act as a new tooth root. This stimulates your jaw to encourage new bone growth. The preserves your jawbone’s density to protect your oral health.
Can I get dental implants if I have bone loss?
Dental implants fuse to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This creates a stable foundation for your replacement teeth; however, you must have adequate bone density to support the posts.
If you lost your teeth from gum disease or you have had missing teeth for several years, there is a good possibility your jawbone’s density is compromised. As a result, you may need bone grafting to become a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist in Allentown assess your jawbone during your consultation to determine if you need the additional procedure before placing your implant posts.
How long will the entire process take?
The process to receiving dental implants can take considerably longer than when choosing traditional treatments, but it is time well spent. On average, you can expect the entire process to take 3 to 6 months, but the duration varies depending on your individual treatment plan, such as if you need additional procedures.
Still Have Questions?
If you have questions about dental implants, do not hesitate to contact our office. We take the time to answer your question and address your concerns, so you can feel positive about your decision to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your own.