Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you want to fill the gaps in your uneven smile? Ask Dr. Jennifer Kalochie about dental implant treatment. Dental implants are a restorative dentistry option that replaces lost teeth at the root. Implants are made of a titanium metal post, abutment, and dental crown. Dr. Kalochie can help patients who need dental implants in her Yardley, PA dental office. She works with local dental specialists and labs to create comprehensive treatment plans and custom-made restorations for patients with missing teeth.
Dental Implant Treatment in Yardley, PA
Dr. Kalochie works with restorative specialists who use Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). CBCT scans are used to map out the best areas of the mouth to place the implants. Some patients will require bone grafting treatment to ensure that they have enough bone tissue to support the implant posts. Once we ensure that patients are in good oral health, we refer them to an oral surgeon.
Oral surgeons place the titanium implant posts beneath the gums and into the jaw bone tissue. Over a healing period called osseointegration, the implant posts fuse with the jaw bone, becoming a permanent part of the mouth. It can take anywhere from three to six months for the implants to heal. Once the implants fully heal, Dr. Kalochie restores the implant with a tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture. Next, she will take dental impressions to ensure that the restorations precisely fit each patient’s mouth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you want to know more about dental implants? Read answers to commonly asked questions about this restorative treatment here:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide many advantages to patients with lost teeth. Implants:
- Improve tooth and gum health
- Support full bite function
- Create a more even bite
- Enhance the smile’s appearance
Can dental implants fail?
Dental implants have a 95% success rate. It is rare for patients to experience implant failure. Before treatment, we make sure that patients have enough bone tissue to support their implants. Dental implants will not fully heal if patients smoke or use tobacco products during their implant treatment. Nicotine restricts blood flow to the gums. The jaw bone tissue requires regular blood flow so the implants can heal properly. Common signs of implant failure include gum recession and inflammation, pain around the implant, or loose dental implants.
How do I clean my dental implants or implant restoration?
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth and implant crowns twice daily. Gently brush on and around the base of the tooth crown. You can also floss with unwaxed or implant-specific floss. Keeping remaining teeth and gums healthy minimizes your risk of implant failure.
Request a Dental Appointment
Restore your missing teeth with dental implants today. Contact us at 267.592.3552. You can also schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Kalochie on our website. Do you have any questions about your dental implant treatment? Let us know and we will be glad to clarify them for you.