Dental Implants in Blairsville, PA
You 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.
Your Dental Implant Consultation
Dr. Adam or Dr. Christina will determine if you are a good candidate to have an implant placed. To do this, they will review your medical history. There are several medical conditions that can affect the positive outcome of implant placement.
Following this review, the dentist will make sure you have enough bone structure to have an implant safely placed. Dr. Highberger does this by examining the site in your mouth as well as using different dental x-ray images. It is important that you have enough bone to accept the implant.
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.
Once in place, the implant will be allowed to heal for three to six months in your jawbone. 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, Dr. Adam or Dr. Christina 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 places implants in our office. For more complicated cases, he may refer you to an oral surgeon to ensure the best results.
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.