A dental implant is a small, titanium screw surgically placed in the jawbone below the gums. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can anchor a tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture for longer-lasting dental restorations. Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario restores dental implants and implant-secured dental restorations in Ardmore, PA. He works with oral surgeons to place the implants. Then, Dr. Bellisario and his team construct custom-made crowns, bridges, or dentures secured by the implants.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to traditional restorations, dental implants offer multiple advantages to our patients:
- Aesthetics: Dental implants are crafted to feel and look just like natural teeth. This is because they are made of long-lasting titanium and capped off with custom crowns. They also prevent facial sagging, a common problem for many patients with missing teeth. Implants prevent bone loss in the jaw, which can age the face.
- Comfort: Unlike removable dentures, dental implants feel comfortable in the mouth. After the dental implants are fully healed, they feel just like natural teeth. With implants, restorations like bridges and dentures require fewer repairs.
- Durability: Dental implants can last for many years with the right care. Removable dentures can slide around the mouth, even with adhesive. Patients do not have to worry about eating hard or chewy foods with implant restorations because dental implants function like natural teeth.
- Improved Oral Health: Dental implants reduce the risk of further bone loss. This is because they fuse with the bone tissue, becoming a part of the smile. Restoring one or more teeth with implants can prevent shifting teeth and tooth decay.
Treatment with Dental Implants
Prior to treatment, we will ensure that patients have enough bone tissue in their jaw to support their implants. Our office works with a local oral surgeon to place the implants. The surgeon inserts the titanium dental implants in your jawbone beneath the gums. During a process called osseointegration, the implants fuse with the jawbone. This process takes three to six months. Once we determine that your implants have healed, we will place an abutment and temporary crown. We will take dental impressions of your mouth used to make your crown, bridge, or denture. Once your permanent restoration is complete, you can enjoy your new, functional smile.
Same-Day Dental Implants
We offer same-day dental implants for individuals who need to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Also known as All-On-Four, this treatment uses four or more implants to secure a denture. The dental implants are placed strategically along the arch. Patients can enjoy their new teeth right away, as we can place a temporary restoration the same day that the implants are placed. When the dental implants are healed, we will provide you with your permanent prosthetic.
Restore Your Missing Teeth Today
Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Bellisario or call his office at (610) 839-8967. If you have questions about your eligibility for dental implant treatment, let Dr. Bellisario know at your next consultation. He will be glad to assist you.