Dental Implants Doylestown PA
Missing Teeth Solutions | Philadelphia PA Area
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone attaches or integrates with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Mendlowski or by a Periodontist or an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon suggested by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first two to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually integrate or bond with the jawbone. A temporary crown (provisional tooth replacement) can be immediately fabricated during this surgical step. This will depend on location of the implant and the quality of bone that surrounds the implant. Dr. Mendlowski working together with the surgeon will make the proper decision regarding immediate tooth provisionalization of the newly placed implant. In other surgical instances, a waiting time after implant placement is needed to enable predictable and successful implant healing before restorative protocols may proceed. During these waiting times, Dr. Mendlowski can utilize a variety of techniques to temporarily replace the missing teeth until permanent crowns can be made. These techniques can include temporary bridges and a variety of removable appliances.
After the implant has integrated to the bone, the second phase begins. Dr. Mendlowski will be able to begin making your new permanent crowns. An impression must first be taken. This followed by fabricating and connecting abutments or attachments to the implants. The permanent teeth replacements are then made over these abutments. The total completion time for these steps is variable and depends on health status or condition of the patients remaining bone, the location and number of implant fixtures and finally the nature and severity of the patients occlusion. Total time needed for this can be as little as two months and generally it is no more than six months to achieve completion. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Finally, using the latest digital technology available in todays implant dentistry, Dr. Mendlowski is proud to offer advanced implant restorative services that are completed in one day. In other cases, by using Noble-Guide* protocol, this service of full arch implant restorations can be accomplished in as little as one hour. In an initial diagnostic appointment, the entire mouth is digitally scanned. The integrated digital information is then transferred to computer for case design ideal implant size and location are determined. From the design plan a special surgical guide is fabricated along with an accurate tooth prosthesis which is ready for delivery. The patient is reappointed and receives the needed implants and teeth all in one visit approximately one hour. Please see the smile gallery to view an authentic case example.