Dental Implants in Indiana, PA

CBCT Implant PlanningYou may have heard information about dental implants somewhere outside the dental office and wonder exactly what they are.

Dental implants are the state of the art way to replace missing teeth. They are made out of a very biocompatible material called titanium. Titanium is used in several other medical applications including knee and hip replacements.

Let’s talk about what the process involves of replacing a tooth with a titanium dental implant.

Why choose EMFD to have your implant placed?

As with anything, different places utilize different techniques to place dental implants.  At EMFD, we have invested in leading-edge technology to assure your implant is placed and restored in the safest and most predictable way.

We start by taking a low-dose 3-dimensional scan on every potential implant candidate with the practice's CBCT.    This piece of equipment is not in a lot of general dentistry offices, but is crucial to help plan the angulation of your implant as well as to assure that the implant will not interfere with important anatomic structures like nerves and sinuses.  This not only makes the surgery significantly safer, but also allows us to digitally place the implant prior the appointment, providing more accurate and predictable results.

Placing Your Dental Implant

Once approved, you will be scheduled to have your implant placed. During this procedure, you will be thoroughly numb and comfortable – most patients report no discomfort while having an implant placed.  Also, EMFD uses a very reputable company for implants and parts.  Avoiding after-market implants and parts often leads to a better long term prognosis as you begin to chew and function with your implant.

Once in place, the implant will be allowed to heal for three to six months. During this time, your bone will grow into the threads of the implant, making it very stable.

The Final Step – Your Dental Restoration

Following adequate healing time, we will have you return to place the final crown on the implant. Single unit crowns or multiple unit bridges can be used with implants. 

Do you struggle with keeping your dentures firmly in place? Dental implants can also be used to help secure dentures, making it a lot easier for you to eat and speak.

If you have any questions about the implant process, our doctors will be glad to provide thorough answers in a consultation appointment. Please call our Blairsville, PA dental office today to learn more!

Dental Implant FAQs

Will my insurance cover the placement of the dental implant?

Maybe. Some dental insurances cover implant placement, while others do not.  At East Market Family Dental, we will check with your particular insurance company before treatment to see whether coverage is provided.

Will I have my implant placed at your office, or do I have to be referred somewhere else?

Dr. Adam Highberger, Dr. Marco Pilotta, and Dr. Dan Stoner are all certified and experienced with placing dental implants in our office. 

If I go somewhere else to have the implant placed, can I have the crown, bridge, and/or dentures made at your office?

Yes. If our dentist does not place the implant, you will still return to our office to have the final restoration placed.

How much pain will I have during or after the surgery?

Typically, patients report no pain in conjunction with implant surgery. You can rest comfortably knowing that you will be thoroughly numb during the surgery. Following the procedure, you should be very comfortable and experience only minor soreness.