Dental Implants on the Main Line
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are today’s golden standard for replacing missing teeth because they not only look like your natural teeth, but they feel like them as well. An implant tooth consists of a titanium screw that serves as a root replacement and a crown which is the artificial tooth that shows above the gum line.
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The Dental Implant Process
At Main Line Dental Group, we perform every step in the implant process, and we tailor treatments to the unique needs of each patient. When you come in for a consultation and meet with Dr. Williams, the top dentist in the area, we immediately begin customization according to the type of implant you need, the condition of your jawbone, etc. We partner with a group of specialists, including an oral surgeon and a periodontist, specialists in conditions of the mouth, jaw, and face, including gums and bones, to ensure you receive the best, most comprehensive care possible.
At the initial consultation, we perform a comprehensive dental exam, collecting pertinent information about your oral cavity with X-rays, 3D images, models we make of your jaw and teeth, and medical and dental histories and conditions.
As we create a treatment plant that includes details unique to your situation, such as the number of teeth you need replaced and the current condition of your remaining teeth and jawbone, we tailor it meet your oral needs and goals.
Dental implant surgery is fairly invasive, so we encourage you to take your time and not be in a hurry to rush through it. The series of out-patient procedures that span the implant journey must be spaced out properly to ensure adequate healing and the growth of new bone in your jaw. The stages are as follows:
- Removal of damaged tooth, if necessary
- Bone grafting to prepare your jaw, if necessary
- Dental implant placement
- Bone growth and healing
- Placement of crown fabrication
- Placement of crown restoration
Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
In addition to being the option that most closely resembles natural teeth in look and feel, implants are instrumental in restoring and maintaining jaw health. The stimulation that implants provide the jaw as you chew prevents oral bone loss and preserves gum tissue. Dental implants also preserve the natural contours of your face and improve your appearance. When teeth go missing, adjacent teeth begin to shift, but implants prevent any resulting damage and misalignment to occur.
One of the life-changing advantages provided by implants is their ability to integrate with your jawbone. The biocompatibility of the material we use allows the implant to fully integrate with bone and form a mechanical bond. The implant is the base upon which we build your replacement tooth. And this permanent stability can be used to support a new single tooth, multiple teeth, or an attachment of dentures.