Dental Implants – Springfield, PA
The Modern Standard
of Tooth Replacement
Traditional tooth restorations only replace the part of the tooth that’s visible in your mouth; they do nothing to make up for the loss of the tooth’s roots, which are responsible for stimulating the jaw to prevent bone loss. As a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Hinebaugh can fill the empty spaces in your smile with beautiful, state-of-the-art dental implants in Springfield, PA that replace your teeth’s entire structure. If your grin has a gap, contact American Dental Center today to set up an initial implant consultation.
Why Choose American Dental Center for Dental Implants?
- Expert Care from a Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Replacement Teeth That Look & Feel Natural
- No Referrals Needed—We Do Everything In-House!
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that’s placed into the jawbone. Since titanium is highly biocompatible, the post is able to join with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once it has, it can provide support for a crown, fixed bridge, or dentures (depending on how many teeth are missing and how many implants are placed). In other words, the implant itself effectively acts as the root for the restoration that will be used to recomplete the smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Enhance Your Appearance: Metal implant posts are hidden underneath the gum line, and the restorations used to top them are made out of tooth-colored ceramics. So, your new smile will be dazzling and look completely natural to the casual observer.
- No Slipping: Dentures can sometimes slip at inconvenient times, but with implants, your new teeth stay firmly in place whenever you talk or chew.
- Natural Feel: Implants effectively become part of your body and generally feel far more comfortable than traditional restorations.
- Durability: With minimal maintenance, dental implants can easily last for decades.
- Enhanced Oral Health: Dental implants help keep the jawbone healthy and strong, and they help ensure that the force of your bite is distributed evenly. Also, unlike traditional bridges, implants don’t require us to make any changes to your natural teeth.
- Convenience: Dentures typically need to be taken out of your mouth for routine cleanings, but if they’re permanently retained by implants, you can simply brush and floss like normal.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Patients with missing teeth, good overall oral health, and sufficient bone density in their jaw should definitely consider dental implants as an option. Of course, the specific kind of implant you get depends largely on the extent of your tooth loss and your personal situation.
Missing One Tooth
An implant can take the place of a single missing tooth anywhere in the jaw. You’ll also receive a crown that has been shaped and colored so that it resembles your natural teeth as closely as possible. Note that you’ll normally need to wait a few months after implant surgery for your mouth to heal before the crown can be placed.
Missing Multiple Teeth
You don’t always need an implant post for each individual tooth. If three or more teeth are gone, the gap they leave behind can be filled in with a dental bridge – essentially a pair of crowns that supports a prosthetic between them. While bridges are traditionally anchored to natural teeth, we can preserve dental structure by supporting it with two implants instead.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Virtually anyone can benefit from wearing traditional full dentures after they’ve lost all their teeth. However, if your dentures are placed on top of four to eight implant posts, you’ll be able to eat anything you want, and you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping or becoming ill-fitting later down the road.
Mini Dental Implants
If you don’t want to get traditional dentures that only last seven years on average, but are hesitant to have implant surgery done, you can enjoy the best of both worlds thanks to mini implants. These posts are significantly smaller than normal implants, so the procedure to place them into the jawbone is much less invasive, and recovery and discomfort are both minimal. Despite their reduced size, mini dental implants are still as long-lasting and durable as traditional implants.
If you don’t want to go several months without teeth while your implants heal, in some cases, we might be able to recommend the All-on-4 procedure. Four implant posts are placed into your mouth at specific angles that allow them to support temporary dentures right away, meaning you won’t have to wait to show off a new smile.
Start to Finish Convenience
While other dentists will need to refer you to a specialist for implant placement, Dr. Hinebaugh is uniquely qualified to handle every step of the implant process from the surgery to the restoration. With him, you can always know you’re leaving your new teeth in the hands of a dentist you already trust – no need to go to the trouble of driving to another location so that you can receive treatment from someone that you barely know!
We can’t move forward with implant placement if your jaw lacks the necessary density to safely support the posts. However, in many cases, you’ll be able to get dental implants once you’ve undergone bone grafting – an advanced procedure where bone tissue or a synthetic material is placed onto the jaw so that it’ll grow and repair itself. Depending on how much grafting is needed, you may be able to get implants immediately after the surgery, or you may have to wait several months.
It’s vital that your mouth properly heals after implant placement surgery, otherwise, your dental implants could fail. To help the recovery process go as smoothly as possible, Dr. Hinebaugh can use platelet-rich plasma/platelet-rich fibrin (PRP/PRF) therapy to encourage tissue regeneration. Both procedures basically involve taking a sample of your blood (which contains growth factors that promote healing) and applying it to the treatment site to help speed up healing.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
It’s impossible to name an average price for dental implants because there are so many variables that need to be considered. Factors that could affect the cost of implants include:
- The Number Needed: Will you need just one dental implant or eight? Dr. Hinebaugh will always aim for the most conservative number of implants needed.
- The Type of Restoration: A single crown will have a very different price tag compared to a bridge or denture.
- The Steps Required: Each stage of the dental implant process – including placement, abutment attachment, and restoration – carries a separate cost. We’ll also need to account for extractions, bone grafting, and other preparatory procedures that may or may not be necessary in your case.
We know that it’s important for the dental care you receive to be affordable; that’s why we’ll provide you with an accurate estimate during your initial consultation and work with you to figure out how implants can fit comfortably into your budget.