Dental Implants in Skippack, Lansdale & Souderton
Are you considering getting dental implants in Skippack, Lansdale or Souderton, PA? Dr. Hunter helps patients get back the smile they remember with dental implants.
Nothing can shake your confidence like having a smile you are afraid to show to the world. A gap — big or small — caused by missing teeth, whether due to injury, disease or decay, affects not only your self-esteem, but also your daily functions. Chewing becomes arduous, and you may even find yourself avoiding some of your favorite foods because you can’t properly chew them. Your other teeth can develop problems as a result of overcompensating for the ones that are missing. And the long-term effect of missing teeth is bone loss in the jaw, which can cause the overall shape of your face to sag and look older.
Dental implants in Souderton, PA are a great solution to these problems, both cosmetically and functionally. Not only do they look like natural teeth, they also function like them. In fact, dental implants have a 50-year-long track record of being the most dependable option for replacing missing teeth.
For over 30 years, Dr. Tuck Hunter has helped his patients go from broken to beautiful smiles through the use of dental implants as well as other cosmetic dental surgeries and treatments. A founding member of the Suburban Dental Implant Study, Dr. Hunter uses the latest in dental implant technology for replacement teeth that are both natural-looking and long lasting.
The Implant Placement Procedure
The implant placement procedure is a two-stage process requiring two visits to the doctor’s office. For root and plate form implants, on the first doctor visit, the doctor will place you under local anesthesia and then insert the implant into the jawbone, placing a temporary crown on it. Once this is done, the implant will need to heal and adhere to the jawbone, a process that usually takes between three and six months for root implants (depending on factors such as your overall dental health and the amount of teeth being replaced) and possibly a shorter length of time for plate form implants.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants
In general, you are considered a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have a missing tooth or teeth (several or all)
- Are in good overall health
- Have enough jawbone density to support an implant
Recovery from Implant Placement
In most cases, you will be able to return to normal activities immediately after the implant placement procedure, with minimal discomfort and swelling. Tooth brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately, but with gentle and careful care taken around the implant area. For the first 7-10 days afterwards, only soft foods should be eaten. It is also important to limit or avoid smoking altogether during the healing process.