Replace Missing Teeth
Tooth Implants in Doylestown, Meadowbrook, Langhorne, and Philadelphia
Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.
Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate? That’s the natural consequence of missing teeth — the jaw literally melts away. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Dental implants are more easily placed when teeth are first extracted because bone replacement becomes more complex as time passes. The great news? Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance. Your dentist and the implant surgeon will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning tooth replacement.
We invite you to read our Dental Implant patient reviews!
Tooth Replacement Options
You can select from a number of different options to replace your missing teeth – from temporary to long-lasting solutions.
A good candidate is anyone missing one or more teeth, or who is unhappy with their dentures. Age is not a factor. However, smoking, diseases such as diabetes, and radiation therapy to the area, have been shown to lower the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of your jaw will be taken to evaluate whether they will accommodate implants. Detailed x-rays may also be required to determine if other tests or procedures are needed to place implants properly.
A fixed bridge is a connected set of replacement teeth. For support, it is cemented into position on top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The protective outer layer of these teeth is usually removed or ground down prior to attaching the bridge.
A fragile, temporary and inexpensive solution is a removable plastic tooth with a plastic retainer, often called a “flipper”.
A less fragile option is a removable partial denture cast in metal and plastic. It is held in place by wire clips. A removable partial denture can be removed and reinserted when required by the patient.
The most common solution, for people missing all teeth in one or both jaws are complete dentures. Some people adapt well to dentures. Others find them uncomfortable, even intolerable, because of differences in jaw size and shape.
Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
We invite you to read reviews from our satisfied patients! To leave your feedback, please use our online Patient Review form. For assistance, please call us at Doylestown Office Phone Number (215) 938-7860.
Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Associates
Patient Review By Frederick G
On my initial consult in August, Dr. Sock reviewed the condition of the root of my tooth (#22) which was decaying below the gum line, and confirmed my dentist's conclusion that a root canal was not an option. The tooth required extraction. Dr. Sock then explained the entire process: after extraction, the tooth cavity is filled with ground up bone, and allowed to integrate into the jaw bone for several months. Then he carefully inserts a titanium implant, which, after healing several months, is then capped with a crown by my dentist. Prior to installing the implant, a 3-D conical beam x-ray is taken by Dr. Sock in order to accurately position the implant in the location where the tooth was extracted and bone graft was completed. What I really liked about this process is that Dr. Sock took his time to explain in detail the entire process, and go over the specific procedure he was going to perform each visit. What really amazed me was how "painless" he made the extraction and bone graft, and then the implant. I even told him that both the extraction and implant procedures were less painful than a tooth cleaning or getting a tooth filled at my dentist! I will recommend him (and this practice) to all my family and friends whenever they require an extraction, implant, or any other type of dental surgery. He and his staff are very caring and go out of their way to make the whole process as smooth and painless as possible!! Excellent work!!
- Frederick G
Patient Review By PBHS T
I was able to get scheduled very soon after I first called in. And once I arrived at the office, the entire process from start to finish was prompt, professional, and expertly done. I am happy to recommend this practice to anyone.
- PBHS T