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Dental Implants

Replace Missing Teeth with the Next Best Thing

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Your teeth may be relatively small, but missing even one can have a big impact on your confidence, health, and the rest of your smile. Your remaining teeth may shift out of place, the supportive gum and jawbone tissues will begin to break down, and many day-to-day tasks like speaking and chewing will likely become difficult. Traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges only replace the visible portion of your smile. However, if you want to replace missing teeth with the next best thing, there’s no better option than dental implants in Lansdale!

Just like a natural tooth, a dental implant restores missing teeth both above and below the gumline. This lets you enjoy all the benefits of a complete smile without any of the drawbacks or shortcomings of other tooth loss solutions. In addition, here at Brookwood Dental Associates, we’re proud to complete the entire treatment under one roof! To see if dental implants are right for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call today to schedule your consultation!

Why Choose Brookwood Dental Associates For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Model of natural tooth next to a dental implant in Lansdale for comparison

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted directly into the jawbone to replace the roots of a missing tooth. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, the implant post gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue once placed in the jaw in a process called osseointegration. This restores the function of the roots of the missing tooth, including creating a sturdy foundation for the replacement teeth and stimulating blood flow in the jawbone to keep it strong.

On top of the implant post is a small connector piece called an abutment, which is used to hold the final restoration firmly in place. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, this restoration could be a crown, bridge, or denture. Custom-made from impressions of your mouth and the highest quality materials, your new pearly whites will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Rebuilding your missing teeth from the roots up gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural!

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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Unlike many other dental practices, our team at Brookwood Dental Associates is able to perform every step of the dental implant treatment process under one roof. That’s because we have in-house specialists who have undergone advanced training in multiple areas of dentistry, including the surgical placement of dental implants. As a result, your treatment is more streamlined, convenient, and affordable than it would be at another practice where you would be referred to a separate oral surgeon.

Although it takes longer to receive dental implants than it does dental bridges or dentures, rest assured that this solution is well worth the wait. To learn more about how dental implants work in Lansdale, review this basic outline below, or contact us to set up a consultation.

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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First, an implant dentist in Lansdale will need to examine your oral cavity to determine your eligibility for dental implants. If we detect signs of jawbone deterioration, gum disease, or severe tooth decay, you might require bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or tooth extractions, respectively, before you can move forward with the dental implant process.

Should you require one or more of these preparatory procedures, it will increase the length of your treatment. However, it will also make your new teeth more likely to be successful in the long run.

Dental Implant Surgery

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We can perform this relatively straightforward procedure right here in our office. After numbing your mouth with local anesthesia, we make small incisions in the gum tissue and position the implant posts in a way that provides optimal support for your replacement teeth. Once the implant posts are in place, we cover them with protective caps that promote healing and allow your gums to reshape themselves around the post.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

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Over the course of the next three to six months, a process known as osseointegration occurs. This is what makes dental implants so successful. Osseointegration is the fusing of the implant post to the supportive bone and gum tissue in the mouth and jaw. Because of osseointegration, dental implants in Lansdale are able to mimic the natural function of tooth roots and provides incredible stability for replacement teeth. 

After osseointegration has occurred, you’ll return to our office to receive your abutments. These small metal fixtures are installed on top of your implant posts and allow us to secure your custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture into place.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

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Finally, it’s time to receive your new pearly whites! We partner with experienced dental lab technicians, who will ensure that your restoration matches your original teeth in shape, size, and color based on impressions that were taken during your initial consultation. Once we place your restoration atop your implants, we’ll make sure that everything looks and feels natural. After we bond it into place, you’ll be free to start enjoying your new and improved smile!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth, but luckily, dental implants are the next best thing. They combine the lifelike appearance of traditional tooth replacements with the stability that comes with recreating the lost tooth roots. It’s no wonder more than 500,000 dental implants are placed every year! Here are some of the remarkable benefits of dental implants in Lansdale that you can look forward to.

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Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Enhanced chewing – Missing several teeth or wearing an unreliable denture means that trying to chew certain foods is more trouble than it’s worth. Dental implants are firmly embedded in your jaw, so they help you regain almost all of the chewing force you used to have. You should have no problem enjoying your favorite delicious foods and maintaining a balanced diet.
  • Effortless confidence – When you live with empty spaces in your mouth or a constant fear that your denture is going to fall out, it can be difficult to feel comfortable flashing your grin. You can count on dental implants to look and feel as natural as your original teeth, allowing you to feel confident in all social situations.
  • Easy maintenance – Cleaning dentures can be tedious and time-consuming, but that’s not the case with dental implants. To keep them in pristine condition, all you need to do is brush and floss, as well as maintain your routine checkups with your implant dentist in Lansdale.

Health Benefits

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  • Jawbone health – After a tooth is removed, the area of the jawbone that the tooth’s roots once supported starts to deteriorate. Fortunately, dental implants function like tooth roots and stimulate the bone. Not only does this keep your jawbone strong enough to support your remaining teeth, but it also prevents your facial structures from wrinkling and sagging over time.
  • Oral health – Unlike traditional dental bridges, implants can support themselves without requiring healthy tooth enamel to be removed. They also decrease the risk of gum disease since they’re so easy to maintain.
  • General health – Studies show a link between gum disease and several systemic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Because dental implants reduce the risk of oral infections, they may also lead to better overall wellness.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Reliability – There’s no need to worry about dental implant surgery; this procedure has a success rate of more than 95%.
  • Longevity – As long as you take good care of them, dental implants in Lansdale could potentially last for 30+ years or even the rest of your life!
  • Saved money – While dental implants may seem pricey up front, they might actually help you save money in the long run. Dentures and bridges must be replaced every five to seven years, and they require special cleaning products (and adhesives, in the case of dentures). Over the years, you’d end up spending more money on traditional tooth replacements than you would by choosing dental implants right off the bat.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Dental implants are the premier tooth loss solution, and practically any healthy adult missing teeth can benefit from them! Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of pearly whites, we can create a custom treatment plan to help complete your smile. The number of dental implants and the type of replacement tooth or teeth that you need will depend on how many teeth are lost. In most cases, we’ll recommend the following:

Missing 1 Tooth

Following the loss of a single tooth, one dental implant can be placed. Then, a custom dental crown will be crafted to complete the restoration.

Missing Multiple Teeth

To replace two or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge anchored in place by two dental implants may be recommended. These prosthetics consist of a row of replacement teeth fused together. Then, two implant posts are placed to anchor either end of the restoration.

Partial dentures can also be used to replace consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth. A partial denture is made up of a gum-colored base that is molded to fit between remaining teeth and support replacement teeth. A partial denture can usually be supported by two to four dental implants.

Missing All Teeth

To replace a full row of missing teeth, an implant denture will be recommended. Typically, just four to six dental implants can be used to support the full denture. An implant-retained denture will look and feel more like your natural smile, allowing you to confidently speak and smile. You can also eat all of your favorite foods without fear that your denture will slip or slide. Depending on your unique goals, we can provide a fixed or removable implant denture. Both prosthetics have the benefit of improved stability and longevity compared with traditional removable dentures.

For patients interested in dental implants who have experienced significant jawbone loss, an All-on-4 denture may be a better option. As the name indicates, the majority of All-on-4 dentures are supported by just four dental implants. All-On-4 dental implants make the most of naturally denser structures in the jaw to support a full denture.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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If you understand the phrase “you get what you pay for” then you already have a solid understanding of what to expect in terms of costs for your dental implants. We recommend thinking of it as a long-term investment for your oral and overall health. Many factors go into your consultation, so we encourage you to keep reading to learn more about the process to better set expectations.

During your tooth replacement consultation, we’ll walk through each step of the implant-retained restoration process, including the costs, in order to help you budget for this procedure. Since our office performs placement in-house, your fees will be more compact and convenient.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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The cost of your dental implant supported tooth replacement plan will vary dramatically from case to case. Some of the variables that impact the costs of your dental implant tooth replacement plan include:

  • The number of lost teeth
  • The type of restoration – crown, bridge, or denture
  • The materials and technologies used to craft dental implants
  • The use of dental sedation to ensure comfort during dental implant surgery
  • The need for preparatory services like tooth extractions, tissue grafting, or gum disease therapy

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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The number of dental implants you need to make your smile complete will directly influence the cost of your treatment. Furthermore, choosing dental implants made from titanium vs. zirconia will also determine your final price tag. There are also different brands and manufacturers that maintain their own unique fees, much like how different makes and models of cars do. Regardless of the final options you choose, our dentists will always be upfront about why they use some materials and manufacturers of implants over others.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

Different types of dental implants in Lansdale and restorations on blue background

Part of making your smile complete is not only about the parts of the implant that integrate with your bone and soft tissue. It’s also about finding the right restoration for your needs. For example, single tooth replacement requires the use of a dental crown. However, if you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, a bridge will be needed, which will be more expensive.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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The reality is most of the time, dental insurance doesn’t cover dental implants. This is mainly because most major insurance providers don’t consider them a medically necessary treatment. However, there are exceptions to the rule, so always check with your provider directly. Our team will gladly review the details of your plan and confirm which parts can receive coverage. This includes portions or percentages of the restorations itself and preliminary treatments.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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While we are happy to accept many dental insurance plans, we understand if you do not currently have dental insurance at this time. The good news is we have a flexible financing option available for those looking to pay for care without paying a large upfront cost along the way.

Third-party financiers like CareCredit ensure patients can make smaller, more manageable monthly payments over the course of several months or years. Not only can you expect little-to-zero interest on these payments, but you can easily begin the qualification process with help from our dental office!

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

Smiling, happy and healthy woman with dental implants in Lansdale

Did you know that after 10 years, dental implants have a success rate of 90-95%? If you’re wondering how you can enjoy your newly replaced teeth for decades to come, the answer is properly caring for your new smile. By committing to the appropriate steps for dental implant aftercare, you can expect your permanent posts to remain firmly in place for 30 years or even a lifetime! Considered the most crucial aspect of wearing dental implants, you’ll need to know how to maintain them and ensure their longevity. To do this, allow our team to provide helpful tips and suggestions that will leave you feeling more confident in the future of your smile.

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Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

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It is true that dental implants cannot decay, but it’s also true that your natural, healthy teeth can. If you’re not careful, neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to an infection developing in your teeth and gums. As a result, plaque and inflammation can spread beneath the gum line and attack your bone, causing it to weaken over time. This can lead to loose teeth and dental implants. To avoid this potential problem, make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash regularly.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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While sugars and starches may taste good, the truth is that they can wreak havoc on your dental implants. Although you don’t need to worry about decay, they can cause problems for your gum health, which can negatively impact the lifespan of your implants. Instead of stocking your cabinets with candy, chips, and other junk foods, make the switch to healthier alternatives. Dairy, leafy greens, lean proteins, and of course, fruits and vegetables are a great way to incorporate valuable nutrients into your diet, giving your natural teeth, gums, and implants a fighting chance.

Break Bad Habits

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Prone to chewing on pens or pencils when stressed? Enjoying the taste and practice of eating ice? Can’t seem to kick the habit of smoking? All these bad habits can harm your oral and overall health in more ways than one. However, when it comes to your dental implants, they won’t stand a chance if you continue to practice these poor habits. Smoking can hinder the healing process and cause your implants to fail during osseointegration. Eating ice, chewing on pens and pencils, and using your teeth as tools can break and damage your implants. Instead, make some lifestyle changes that will better protect your implants.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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Are you an avid athlete? Do you tend to grind your teeth while asleep? If so, you’ll want to consider how a customized nightguard and/or sportsguard can safeguard your smile. These customized oral devices can protect your teeth from injury as well as your soft tissues. If bruxism (teeth grinding) is the problem, a mouthguard can also help to minimize stress and pressure placed on your jaw and facial muscles, reducing the potential for chronic jaw pain. If sports is what you love, covering your teeth while on the field can reduce your chances of visiting the emergency dentist.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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At Brookwood Dental Associates, we recommend that you continue your six-month dental checkups and cleanings even if your dental implants in Lansdale replace an entire row of teeth. Why? Because these visits allow us to check for any signs or problems that might be developing within your mouth or on your implants. Minor cracks and fractures can be a starting point for additional issues, so it’s best to catch them early on. You can also schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you or if you believe something might be wrong with your implants.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Providing comprehensive dental implant treatment in one location means being able to answer any questions you have about the procedure. We encourage you to make a list of questions or concerns you have before your initial consultation; that way we can discuss whatever’s on your mind before moving on with the rest of the process. Check out the FAQs section below to see if we’ve answered your questions on this page already. If not, you can call us any time for more information.

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Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Many hear the term “dental implant surgery” and assume it will be painful. This is not true. For one, the mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic beforehand in order to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. For another, the jawbone does not have many nerve endings in the first place. As such, implant surgery does not normally hurt, although you may experience some soreness in your mouth over the next few days. Be sure to take pain medication as directed, and apply a cold compress to the mouth if you need to. Call us after two or three days if the pain is getting worse instead of improving.

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

An implant failure is usually related to either peri-implantitis or failed osseointegration. Peri-implantitis, which can occur if you don’t brush and floss around your implant regularly, is an infection that can destroy the gums and bone holding the dental implant in place. Osseointegration can fail if you have low jawbone density. In other cases, failure might be caused by grinding your teeth frequently, using tobacco products, failing to practice good oral hygiene or attend regular checkups, certain medications, and health conditions such as diabetes that can interfere with the healing process. Potential complications will be identified at the beginning of the process, and we’ll give you tips for minimizing the risks involved.

How Will I Know if There’s a Problem with My Implant?

Implant failure is very rare, but you do need to be able to identify the signs of a potential failure so that you can make an emergency appointment immediately. The common signs include severe pain around the implant that doesn’t fade over time, inflamed or swollen gums around the implant or implants in question, or a sensation telling you that the implant is loose. If you notice any of these symptoms, try to be very gentle with your implant until you can get to our office for an examination.

Am I the Right Age for Dental Implants?

Implants are only recommended for patients with fully developed jaws; otherwise, it could interfere with further bone development. For that reason, we may recommend other forms of tooth replacement for patients under the age of 18. In some cases, the jaw takes until the mid-20s to fully develop, and it generally takes longer for men than women; we will examine your jaw carefully before deciding that implant placement is viable. There is no upper age limit for implants, although you are more likely to have health issues that could interfere with implant placement in your later years.

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