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We want to make it easy for you to become an informed participant in your oral health care. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to help you feel comfortable asking us whenever you have a question. No question is ever silly, and we are here to help you with any concern you happen to have.
We've gathered some of our most commonly heard questions here for you to look through. If your question isn't answered here or you'd like more information, don't hesitate to give us a call!
If a tooth needs to be removed or has already been removed, we can choose from three primary methods for replacing it:
Dental implant – Using this method, a custom-crafted dental crown is affixed to a carefully placed titanium post, essentially replacing the missing tooth without affecting any other teeth.
Fixed bridge – An esthetic artificial porcelain tooth is permanently held in place by attachments to the adjacent teeth.
Partial denture – This removable appliance fills in the space left by the missing teeth and is held into place by clips around your other healthy teeth.
Which one of these is right for you? That depends on a number of factors. Each of these methods has its own virtues, and we’d be happy to discuss your options with you. As we help you make your decision, we’ll keep in mind your own personal preferences, your long-term goals, and your financial needs. Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, each option can blend in beautifully with your existing dentistry.
If you are missing a tooth, please call our East Norriton dental office today so we can schedule an examination and consultation.
When a tooth cannot be saved and needs to be extracted, a dental implant is a great option to replace it. In a few situations, an implant can be placed immediately after the tooth is extracted, and a temporary crown attached to it. This is a great situation for a front tooth, where it is not ideal to have a missing tooth for a period of time. More commonly, however, the implant is placed in the area where the tooth is missing and allowed to heal for a period of a few months. At that time, a permanent crown is then attached to the implant. During this period of healing, a temporary appliance (similar to a retainer) is worn to fill in the space. If the tooth being replaced is a posterior tooth that cannot be seen during smiling or talking, a temporary is often not needed.
Some situations require a bone grafting procedure prior to the placement of a dental implant. This is typically a simple procedure that is often performed at the time the tooth is extracted. It requires the application of a paste, which contains bone-forming minerals, to the extraction socket. This improves the density and quality of the bone as it heals, resulting in better integration (healing) of the implant. It often lengthens the total treatment time by a few months, but improves the final result.
Dental implants are becoming the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post that heals into your bone and gums to replace the root of a tooth. A crown can then be attached to that implant to provide a new tooth that is as close to a real tooth as modern dentistry can offer.
Crowns are not the only option for restoring a dental implant. Patients who are missing several teeth or who are completely edentulous (missing all their teeth) can also benefit from dental implants. We can use dental implants to hold a fixed bridge in place or even secure a set of dentures so that you never have to worry about them coming loose again.
Even better, because dental implants become a part of your anatomy, they function similarly to your natural roots and help stimulate the jawbone, reducing recession and bone loss. This is a huge advantage of dental implants that can’t be replicated with other tooth replacement options that are designed to sit above the gumline.
Are dental implants right for you? Call and ask for a consultation with Dr. Christopher Wahlers. He will examine your teeth and gums and determine whether you could benefit from a dental implant.