Even just one missing tooth can cause multiple problems for a person’s health and confidence, and those issues only get worse as more teeth are lost. If you find yourself hesitating to smile or avoiding your favorite foods because of missing teeth, Center One Dental is able to provide the solution you need: dental implants in Canonsburg. Implants are the only treatment that replaces the entire tooth from the root up, providing the most complete and natural-looking results possible. Whether you are missing a single tooth or need full dentures, they can help you reclaim your smile. To learn more about what they can do for you, contact us today.
There are two parts to natural teeth: the crown and the roots. Traditional tooth replacement options such as dentures or dental bridges only replace the visible crown of missing teeth, which leaves them less stable. On the other hand, dental implants recreate the entire structure of a missing tooth for incredibly lifelike results!
A dental implant itself is a small titanium post that can be inserted in into the jawbone where a missing tooth once was. There, it integrates with the tissue to essentially replace the tooth’s roots. Just above the gumline, a small connector piece called an abutment is attached to the dental implant, which will be covered by a beautiful, custom-made restoration. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing and how many dental implants you’re getting, this could be a crown, bridge, partial, or full denture. The end result is a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural.
When a patient chooses to get dental implants, the treatment is completed in four main phases. Each phase plays an essential role in the long-term health and success of your tooth replacement. When you first arrive, our team will gladly go over each step in great detail so you can be as informed as possible ahead of your procedure. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look at the steps below to help you prepare before you get to our office!
The first phase is the initial consultation, where you meet with Dr. Raj Vekariya to ensure that dental implants are right for you. During your exam, he’ll make sure that you have sufficient bone tissue available by capturing detailed X-rays of your jaw. He’ll also check to see if any tooth decay or gum disease is present as both of these conditions will require preparatory treatment before implants can be placed. If you are an eligible candidate for dental implants, we’ll get you scheduled for the next stage of your dental implant treatment.
Next is the surgical placement, in which the implants are positioned in the jawbone where the teeth have gone missing. Thanks to his expertise in implant dentistry, Dr. Raj can handle this part of the procedure right here in our Canonsburg practice to make your implant journey nice and smooth. His expert touch and available dental sedation options ensures patients feel little to no discomfort either during or after the procedure. In fact, many are surprised just by how easy the treatment was to complete! He’ll also go over proper aftercare steps for you to follow, ensuring the smoothest recovery process possible.
For the next phase, your jawbone will need time to fuse with the dental implant, which usually takes between 4-6 months. This is a step known as osseointegration and it is incredibly important to keep the implant stable in the jaw for decades to come. After the implant has been fused with the bone tissue, you will come back to our office to have the abutment placed. This small connector is intended to create a foundation between the restoration and the implant itself. After a few more weeks of healing, you can receive your permanent restoration.
Finally, you’ll return to our office for the last phase of treatment, which is restoration. We’ll secure your crown, bridge, or denture in place and you’ll be ready to go out and enjoy your brand-new smile! Your restoration is made from highly natural-looking materials, ensuring it looks as lifelike as your existing teeth and gum tissue. You’ll take care of your tooth replacement much like your natural teeth, which means daily brushing and flossing is a necessity. Of course, you should also visit us every six months for a checkup so we can examine your implant and its dedicated restoration.
Contrary to popular belief, dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth anywhere in the mouth! Once we’ve confirmed that you’re a good candidate, we’ll design your dental implant treatment around how many teeth you’re missing.
An implant-retained crown allows us to restore a single missing tooth in a way that is practically identical to nature. A custom-made, all-porcelain crown will be fitted to the implant post using a metal connector called an abutment, and once this is done, it will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. We’ll shape and shade the crown so that it perfectly blends with your smile, and thanks to the titanium root, you can trust it to be just as strong as your natural teeth as well.
For patients who are missing several teeth in a row, we can also use implant crowns to construct a dental bridge. Two implant crowns can be placed on either side of the gap in a person’s smile, and they are then bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it.
Are you sick and tired of your denture slipping and sliding around your mouth? If so, we can use dental implants to give you a set of teeth that are always rock-solid. We can make a prosthetic that snaps directly onto multiple implants placed within the jaw to give you a secure mold that a removable denture simply can’t match. Implant dentures also maintain their fit for much longer, and they even allow patients to have a significantly stronger bite force.
Alternatively, if you are missing an entire row of teeth, we can use All-On-4 dental implants to replace the missing structure with an implant denture in just one well-planned appointment. This unique method uses just four strategically placed implants to support a denture you’ll never have to worry about moving around in your mouth. With this treatment, you can literally wake up one morning with an incomplete smile and go to bed that night with a full set of teeth.
Mini dental implants are a great option for patients whose jawbones are too thin or brittle to support traditional implant posts. Mini implants are shorter and thinner than regular posts, but they can still be used to support a denture with a hold much more stable than a traditional one. As a plus, due to their reduced size, they can usually be placed and restored in less time than regular implants.
Patients who are interested in dental implants need to have a strong jawbone with adequate density to support them. If a patient does not, Dr. Raj can help build up the jaw’s height and thickness using a bone graft. With either a patient’s own tissue or donated tissue, he can apply it directly to the areas where he intends to place an implant so a patient can safely rebuild their smile.
It’s common to need a bone graft before getting dental implants. Your jawbone could be thin and need this treatment because of:
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves building or adding bone to the jaw either by making use of natural bone taken from another location or by using synthetic bone material.
At Center One Dental, grafting is performed by Dr. Raj at our Canonsburg, PA clinic using local anesthesia and sometimes sedation as well to get rid of anxiety and discomfort. After the procedure, antibiotics and pain medications are prescribed. You may be asked to rinse your mouth with anti-bacterial mouthwash. Eating hard foods and putting pressure on the graft should be avoided in order to allow proper healing. You will be required to visit our office for follow-up appointments in order for us to ensure that the healing process is on the right track. Once the grafted bone has healed and fused, the area will be ready for the placement of dental implants.