Dental Implants – State College, PA
Rebuilding Flawless, Healthy Smiles for Life
Did you know that around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? If you’re part of that statistic, you may not think that replacing missing teeth is a big deal, especially if the gaps in your grin are not noticeable. However, nothing could be further from the truth. On top of affecting your appearance and self-confidence, leaving an empty space causes your other teeth to shift, which leads to bite alignment issues. In addition, your remaining teeth have to bear more chewing force, putting them at risk for excessive wear, cavities, and gum problems. Fortunately, by replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you can protect your smile from further damage. If you'd like to find out how dental implants in State College can benefit you, contact us today. Dr. Kevin Labosky has over 20 years of experience as a restorative dentist and will create the perfect treatment plan for you!
Why Choose Kevin P. Labosky, DMD for Dental Implants?
- Partnered with a Network of Top-Rated Dental Implant Specialists
- Works with U.S.-Based Dental Labs
- Reasonable Pricing with No Hidden Fees
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is actually made up of three parts:
- A titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone via a surgical procedure
- A metal abutment fixture that fastens on top of the implant
- A custom-made restoration (dental crown, bridge, or denture) designed to mimic the appearance of your original teeth
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that can rebuild the entire structure of a lost tooth. As a result, they end up looking and feeling more like natural teeth than any other solution currently available. That’s why Dr. Labosky usually recommends dental implants for our patients with missing teeth.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
If you’re considering dental implant-supported tooth replacement, you should know that the process is complex and can include multiple phases. The entire treatment can take several months, but the end results could potentially last for decades, making dental implants well worth the time for many patients. Dr. Labosky will be able to come up with a more detailed and personalized treatment plan at your consultation, but the four basic steps of the dental implant process are as follows.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
To get started with your tooth replacement journey, you’ll visit us for a dental implant consultation appointment. We’ll examine your smile, review your health history, and discuss any past experiences with surgery and anesthesia. We may also need to perform one or more preparatory procedures – such as tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or bone grafting – to ensure your mouth is ready to accommodate the implants.
Dental Implant Surgery
For the surgical placement of your implants, Dr. Labosky will refer you to one of his trusted specialists in the State College area. That way, you can trust that you’ll be receiving the highest quality of care possible.
After numbing your mouth, the oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue. Then, the implant post is positioned into the jawbone. A cap is attached to the implant to protect the surgical site as it heals while also preserving the shape of the gum tissue until the replacement tooth is attached.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
After implant posts are placed, it can take several months (usually three to six) for the implant to fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissues. This process is called osseointegration. Once the osseointegration process is complete, we attach the abutment, which anchors the replacement tooth to the implant post.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
After the abutments are placed, we capture impressions of your prepared smile that will be used to design and craft your dental crown, bridge, or denture. Our dental lab uses the bite impressions, x-rays, and our smile design to custom craft your replacement tooth or teeth. Once this final restoration is received from the lab, you’ll return for your final visit with our team, so we can affix the replacement tooth or teeth to your dental implant posts, giving you back your picture-perfect smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Before you begin your dental implant tooth replacement plan, you may be wondering whether or not this complex treatment plan is worth the lengthy restoration process. We truly consider implant-retained prosthetics to be the gold standard in tooth replacement. Some of the many benefits that make these treatment options so effective include:
- Long lasting – Implant-supported restorations can last for three decades or longer compared with traditional restoration options that need to be replaced every ten years.
- Improved stability – Traditional dentures only give you back about 20% of your chewing ability. That means you can’t eat as many nutrient-rich foods. Implant dentures function much more closely to natural teeth, allowing you to consume all of your favorite foods.
- Comfort – Dental implants replace the missing tooth roots, mimicking the natural structure and function of your lost teeth. This ensures your comfort and avoids unnecessary pressure on and damage to surrounding structures.
- Confidence – Don’t worry about slipping and sliding dentures or unnatural-looking bridges. Instead, speak and smile with total confidence in any situation with implant-supported replacement teeth.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
The number of dental implants and the type of restoration we recommend will depend on your unique situation, specifically, the number and location of your missing teeth. While every case is unique, we will typically recommend the following:
Missing One Tooth
To replace just one tooth, we’ll use an individual dental implant post positioned to replace the lost tooth roots. Then, a custom crafted, tooth-colored dental crown will be permanently affixed to the dental implant, leaving you with a flawless smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For several consecutive teeth, an implant-supported fixed bridge will be used. Two implant posts will be positioned. Then, a row of replacement teeth will be anchored to the implant posts, one at each end. For both consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, we’ll utilize an implant supported partial. Based on the number of missing teeth, we may need two to four dental implants to provide support for the partial denture.
Missing All Teeth
If you are fully edentulous (without teeth), we can offer three implant-supported treatment options. Traditional implant dentures look much like removable dentures, but they are supported by four to six dental implant posts. These implant dentures are available in both fixed and removable options, depending on your specific needs. We also offer All-on-4 dentures. This innovative treatment option uses four uniquely positioned implants to replace missing teeth, utilizing the naturally denser portions of the jawbone.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants is one of the many factors that can influence a patient’s decision to replace their lost teeth. Every dental implant tooth replacement plan is unique to the patient, and the cost will vary based on a number of factors. In order to provide an accurate estimate of the out-of-pocket costs of your dental implant plan, we’ll need to review your individual case during a consultation.
The Price of Dental Implants
The main portion of the cost of your implant supported tooth replacement plan is the price of the implants themselves. Depending on the dental implant’s size, type, and material, the price can range between $500 and $3000 on average for a single implant post. This is before the added cost of surgically placing the dental implant. For patients who need more than one implant post, many manufacturers offer discounted rates for each additional implant post to make the overall treatment price a little lower. Unfortunately, dental insurance providers do not usually cover the cost of implants. However, you may be able to receive insurance coverage for other parts of your treatment plan.
Additional Factors Affecting the Cost of Dental Implants
In addition to the price of the dental implant and its placement, you will also need to consider a number of other factors, including:
- Preparation – preparing your smile for implant placement and restoration may include the removal of one or more teeth as well as bone or soft tissue grafting
- Sedation – to ensure your comfort throughout surgical implant placement, preparatory treatments, and every step of the tooth replacement process you may elect to receive sedation dentistry services
- Replacement teeth – the design, crafting, and placement of your dental crown, bridge, partial, or full denture will also increase the overall cost of treatment
Helping You Budget for Dental Implants
Our office provides affordable dental care for every patient, and that includes fitting the cost of implant supported tooth replacement into your budget. There are many ways we can help you budget for your treatment plan, including:
- We bill for each portion of the treatment plan on the day the service is provided rather than billing for the entire treatment plan upfront.
- We process and file dental insurance claims to maximize any available coverage.
- We are happy to work with CareCredit to provide low and no interest financing for qualified patients.
- If your benefit plan includes a flexible spending account or health savings account, you can also use these funds to cover part of your implant treatment costs.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you still have questions about dental implants? We have the answers. Because dental implants are a newer technology compared to dentures, it’s common to be uncertain about what they are or what the process is like. Dr. Labosky is partnered with local specialists to provide you with an easy implant surgery. If you’re considering this replacement solution, we want to ensure that you can receive helpful information even before visiting our office, which is why we have included a handy FAQ section below.
Does It Hurt to Receive Dental Implants?
Many people hear about the process of receiving dental implants and assume that it’s painful. However, your oral surgeon will ensure that you’re numb and calm before starting the procedure. Plus, there are sedation options for a deeper sense of relaxation. Additionally, your jawbone doesn’t contain many pain-sensing nerves, making the procedure more comfortable than you may expect. Patients will typically feel the most discomfort after the surgery and during the healing process. This pain can be easily managed through prescribed medication and aftercare instructions.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The dental implant surgery itself will only take a single appointment in many cases, but the time it takes for your implants to integrate into your bone can take three to six months. This osseointegration process is precisely what makes dental implants such an amazing replacement. Once they have fused to your bone, you’ll come back into our office, where we will place your custom-made restoration for a complete smile.
How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
The number of dental implants that you need will directly depend on the teeth that you’re missing. In some cases, like your back molars, multiple dental implants may be needed. It all depends on your smile, how many teeth you’re missing, and the health of your jawbone. Those with weaker jawbones may not be able to receive as many dental implants. Because of these variables, it’s hard to provide a fair estimate on the number of implants that you need without examining your mouth first.
How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?
Due to the high-quality titanium that dental implants are made of, they can last for a lifetime with proper care. Positive habits like a good oral healthcare routine, regular visits to our office, and avoiding tobacco use can increase the lifespan of your implants. The osseointegration process ensures that you can enjoy strong performance for years to come. Titanium is not only durable, but it’s biocompatible, which allows for strong and sturdy results.