Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants – State College, PA
Flawless, Healthy Smiles for Life
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that replace the root systems of lost teeth. This represents a significant improvement over traditional tooth replacement methods that only restored those parts of teeth visible when patients smiled. At the State College, PA dental office of Kevin P. Labosky, DMD, we encourage any patient missing one or more teeth to schedule a dental implant consultation. We’ll examine your smile and discuss all of your treatment options. If we discover that dental implant supported tooth replacement is the best option for you, Dr. Labosky will partner with one of our local specialists to surgically place implants and provide a natural looking and feeling prosthetic tooth or teeth. Call our team to schedule your dental implant consultation.
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 supported 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-retained replacement teeth.
Indications for Dental Implants
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 Several 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 numbers 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-retained 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.
How Dental Implants Work
If you’re considering dental implant supported tooth replacement, you should know that the process is complicated and can include multiple treatment phases. We may need to begin with preparatory services like tissue grafts or tooth extractions. Then, the implant is surgically placed. Once the implants have fused with the gum line, we’ll design and place a restoration. The entire process can take months, but the end results will last for decades, making dental implants well worth the time for many patients.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants is one of the many factors that can influence a patient’s decision to receive an implant-retained restoration. 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 treatment consultation. Some of the many factors that impact the costs of dental implant tooth replacement include:
- Need for preparatory tooth extractions, tissue grafts, and other services
- The number and location of missing teeth
- The number of dental implant posts and the material they’re crafted from
- The type of dental restoration – crown, bridge, partial, or full denture
- Dental insurance benefits (implants aren’t covered but many other aspects of dental implant restoration are)
- The use of dental sedation to ensure comfort during your restoration plan