Dental implant procedure explained by West Chester dentist
While there have been many advances in dental technologies and treatments in the last several decades, perhaps one of the most transformative has been dental implants. This tooth replacement option provides unparalleled stability and function, and in addition to looking and feeling like a normal tooth, it offers many benefits for your oral health as well. Many patients have questions about the dental implant procedure before they undergo treatment. At Briglia Dental Group in West Chester, PA, we are always happy to walk through any questions you have to ensure you are completely confident in your path towards your healthiest, most beautiful smile.
First step: Evaluation and consultation
Getting a dental implant placed typically takes multiple visits over the course of several months; however, when patients experience the benefits of their new tooth, they find it is more than worth the wait! At your first visit, we will evaluate your teeth and current oral health and discuss the tooth replacement options that are best for your specific needs and treatment preferences.
Second step: Placing the implant
If you decide to move forward with a dental implant, the next step is to have the implant placed. After ensuring that the area is completely numb and you are comfortable, the implant is surgically placed into your jawbone. Once it is placed, it takes a few months to heal and integrate with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration—this is what makes the implant so stable in your mouth, as well as keeps your jawbone healthy and prevents degradation over time.
Final step: Placing the dental restoration
After your gums have healed, the final step is to place your dental restoration on top. Depending on your individual situation, this may be a:
- Dental crown– to replace a single tooth.
- Dental bridge- several implants can support a connected restoration called a bridge that can replace one or more missing teeth
- Denture- several implants can be placed that can stability and increase retention of a loose or wobbly denture .
If you have suffered from tooth loss, there is no need to hide your smile. At Briglia Dental Group, we offer multiple tooth replacement options and love helping restore our patients’ smiles! Call our West Chester, PA office today at (610) 615 0160 to schedule your consultation.