Dental Implant Restoration in Allentown, PA
Are missing teeth are causing you to hide your smile and avoid your favorite foods? Dental implants offered at Evolve Dental Care are a highly effective tooth replacement option that restores your ability to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.
Dental implants may seem like a recent innovation, but over the past 25 years, they’ve proven to be the most effective option for replacing missing teeth. In fact, as many as three million Americans now have dental implants according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth with crowns, bridges, or dentures.
How Dental Implants Work
The primary difference between dental implants and replacement options like bridges or dentures is that a dental implant acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth. A small titanium screw is surgically placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal. This process is known as osseointegration, which simply means that the implant is absorbed by surrounding tissue, ensuring a secure, stable bond.
Once healing is complete, we’ll attach a customized abutment to the implant. The abutment is a small connector piece that’s secured to the root portion of the implant. The abutment is used to attach the restoration to the implant. Unlike stock abutments that are modified to fit the implant, a custom abutment is created specifically for you.
Finally, we’ll take an impression of the tooth and send it to our highly respected dental lab where your new restoration will be fabricated. The restoration is the third piece of the implant and the portion that’s visible in your mouth.
How We Use Implants to Replace Teeth
- Replace a Single Tooth — If just one tooth is missing, we recommend that a single implant replace the root part of that tooth. A dental crown will then be attached to the implant to replicate the appearance of an actual tooth.
- Replace Multiple Teeth — Replacing several missing teeth with an implant-supported dental bridge is very effective. We don’t need a single implant for each missing tooth. Instead, we place an implant on either side of the gap, affix crowns to these teeth, and create an artificial tooth that sits between the crowns.
- Replace All Teeth Permanently —Dental implants can be used to support a complete arch of upper or lower dentures that are permanently fixed in your mouth. In some cases, we can support the denture with as few as four implants. If we find there’s not sufficient bone density, we may need to add more implants for complete stability.
Call Evolve Dental Care for More Information
Are you a candidate for dental implants? What approach will best serve your needs? Please call Evolve Dental Care, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and discuss implants as well as your other tooth replacement options.