Dental Implants in Montgomery County, PA
Are you considering getting dental implants in Skippack, 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 at Skippack Village Dentistry 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 Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a number of benefits. By filling a gap left by a missing tooth, they restore the appearance of a complete and healthy smile. They prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the gap, helping you preserve an even and aligned bite. Implants are considered to be the most long-lasting solution to missing teeth thanks to their durability. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, fusing with the surrounding bone to create a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth. With dental implants, you can chew, speak, smile and laugh without worrying that your replacement teeth will slip or shift around in your mouth, which is a concern with conventional dentures. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not rely on the surrounding teeth for support, preserving as much of your natural teeth as possible.
Dental implants stimulate the jawbone to prevent it from shrinking. This is important to avoid the collapse of the facial structures. In addition, filling gaps left by missing teeth preserves your oral health as it minimizes the risk of gum disease and other dental problems.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth or all teeth in the upper or lower arch.
- Single-tooth implants consist of a single implant post to support a dental crown.
- Implant-supported bridges consist of one or more implant posts to support one or more artificial teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures replace an entire arch of teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. The dentures are typically supported by six to eight implants per arch. However, Dr. Hunter can use the innovative All-on-4 system to restore a full arch of teeth using only four implant posts. All-on-4 simplifies the implant procedure and recovery.
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 Dental Implant Placement
In most cases, you will be able to return to normal activities immediately after the implant placement procedure at Skippack Village Dentistry, 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 seven to 10 days afterwards, only soft foods should be eaten. It is also important to limit or avoid smoking altogether during the healing process. It may take some time to adjust to your implants and replacement teeth, but chewing, eating and speaking should become easier as you continue to heal over the next few days of surgery.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. The key is to brush and floss your teeth regularly and schedule six-month checkups with Dr. Hunter. At the time of your routine dental appointments, Dr. Hunter can monitor your teeth and, if needed, suggest at-home oral hygiene tips to help you keep your natural teeth and implants strong and healthy for years to come.
Dental implants do not require special maintenance and unlike natural teeth, they cannot develop cavities. But they are susceptible to normal wear and tear. Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth, biting down on hard objects (e.g., ice, bottle caps) or foods that can potentially crack or fracture your replacement teeth. It is also in your best interest to not smoke as smoking is a leading cause of implant failure.
Dr. Hunter can help you restore your oral health and confidence with dental implants. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hunter, please contact us at Skippack Village Dentistry by calling (610) 584-9666 or emailing us today.