Dental Implants in Lancaster County

Get dental implants in Lancaster County from Atglen Family Dentistry for a more natural, confident smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

They are essentially artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Implants fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth. If you have a missing tooth, a single implant, and dental crown can replace it.

In the dental implant procedure, the dentist drills a screw called the fixture into the jaw, and a small metal connector called the abutment attaches to the fixture. The outermost part of the implant, the prosthetic, resembles a natural tooth and fills in for the missing tooth for biting, chewing, and completing your beautiful smile.

Implants have many advantages. Compared to dentures, tooth implants more closely match the feel and function of natural teeth. Implants are made of durable materials such as titanium or zirconia. If properly maintained, a tooth implant should last decades, and sometimes, a lifetime.

Should I Get Dental Implants?

It is impossible to speak for any patient about the decision to get dentures, implants, or other dental appliances. Each person’s decision should be their own, made after consulting with a qualified dental professional. However, you might be a good candidate for implants if you:

  • are willing to pay more for the best dental care
  • are missing one or more teeth
  • have adequate bone density and no health problems affecting bone tissue in the jaw
  • are tired of ill-fitting dentures and the inconvenience of denture pastes and adhesives

To learn more about how implants affect your dental health, talk to a dentist with experience in dental implant surgery. If you are a good candidate for dental implants in Lancaster County, Atglen Family Dentistry can help you make an informed decision.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The first thing that will happen for any dental procedure is a consultation with the dentist to discuss your treatment options. The dentist might take digital dental x-rays to get a clearer picture of your bone structure, the three-dimensional shape of your mouth, and the structure of the site of the missing teeth.

The dentist will decide whether to recommend bone grafts to improve implant stability and discuss the need for nitrous sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthetic. The dentist will then schedule appointments to take impressions of your mouth and install the artificial tooth.

During the dental implant procedure, the dentist will make an incision into your gum to expose the jaw bone and drill into it, then attach the fixture. The dentist might add bone material to shore up the jaw at this time. The dentist will take another impression of the implant to create a dental prosthetic in the lab, fitting the gap left by your missing tooth.

In the aftermath of surgery, you are likely to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising at the implant site. The recovery time for dental implant surgery can be several months. Once the area has healed, the dentist can attach the prosthetic in a second phase of the procedure.

Comparing Dental Implants and Dentures

Many Atglen Family Dentistry patients choose between dentures and implants. Dentures are the more economical choice for patients concerning upfront costs since denture plates cost one or two thousand dollars. The process of creating dentures does not typically involve surgery unless the dentist needs to extract teeth.

Dentures do not last as long as implants, requiring additional time and expense of applying adhesive to keep them in place. Many patients find talking, chewing, and other activities to be more difficult with dentures than with implants.

Patients who have all their teeth extracted on the upper or lower jaw, or both, could consider dentures. They use screws to anchor the entire dental prosthesis (entire arch of replacement teeth) in place. The prosthetic typically snaps off for convenient cleaning while the fixtures remain anchored to the jaw bone.

Atglen Family Dentistry Is Your Top Choice for Dental Implants

Atglen Family Dentistry is a trusted source of dental implants in Lancaster, PA. We will do everything we can to make your procedure as painless and stress-free as possible.

Atglen Family Dentistry is a woman-owned practice, and Dr. Onyinye C. Myers and her team strive to exceed the dental health needs of every patient. For more information on the benefits of implant dentistry and to schedule your implant consultation, contact us today.