Dental implants are one of the most effective and long-lasting options to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They help patients maintain a stable and comfortable bite, reducing the risk of additional tooth loss down the road. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw where teeth are missing. They are constructed from titanium posts which will fuse with bone tissue over a matter of months. After healing, the implant is restored with a permanent dental crown or used to secure a permanent denture.
Dr. Alexandra Monroe has advanced training in the placement of dental implants. She works with patients on an individual basis to develop personalized treatment plans and create beautiful new smiles after tooth loss. We offer complete and comprehensive care for dental implants in our Media dentist office. Dr. Monroe can address the loss of soft tissue as a result of missing teeth as needed to create a stable oral foundation.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer you a number of important benefits compared to other restorative options such as dentures or dental bridges. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth since they are secured to the jawbone and are capped off with a dental crown. Other restorations that are not implant-secured tend to slip over time, often causing you to slur or mumble when you speak. Because dental implants fuse with your jawbone, they become a permanent restoration and eliminate the slippage issues associated with removable bridges and dentures.
Dental implants function just like your natural teeth and do not have any dietary restrictions. Implants prevent bone loss, which reduces the risk of additional tooth loss down the road. When properly cared for, dental implants can last for the rest of your life.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants:
- Maintain healthy teeth and gums
- Have sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the implant
- Do not suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune diseases
However, if you do not have enough bone structure to accommodate the dental implant, a bone graft may be performed to allow you to undergo the procedure. In addition, patients who have gum disease will need to be treated prior to receiving dental implants.
Your Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Monroe work closely with patients to create a personalized treatment plan and timeline that suits your needs. She has post-graduate training in the placement of dental implants and can offer complete care under one roof. Our in-house digital technology includes the ability to provide 3-D scanning for a thorough evaluation of your oral structure. This is an important part of the dental implant process and the foundation of a stable and predictable result.
A dental implant consists of a tiny titanium post inserted into the jaw bone which serves as an artificial root. It will take about three to six months for the implant to heal and integrate into the bone. When creating the dental crown that will be used as your new prosthetic tooth, Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe work with a local lab in order to maintain the best aesthetic result. Your new prosthetic tooth will look and function exactly like your other natural teeth, and the dental crown that caps off the implant will blend in seamlessly with your smile. If you are securing a denture or dental bridge with implants, they will be fabricated in a lab. Once the implant has integrated into the bone, we will attach the abutment to the implant post.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Dr. Monroe will provide post-treatment and ongoing care advice on an individual basis, tailored to your needs and overall dental health. For most patients, dental implants are cared for like their natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will help prevent common dental problems and maintain the stability of your new implant(s). We recommend a Waterpik toothbrush for thorough cleaning around all surfaces.
Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Dr. Gregory Hillyard or Dr. Alexandra Monroe’s Media, Pennsylvania dental office at 610.756.0649.