Alfredo Alexander, DMD
Restorative & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth and are a popular choice among residents in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are also an area of specialty for Alfredo Alexander, DMD, at his self-titled practice. To learn what dental implants can do for your smile, call the office to check appointment availability. Online scheduling is also an option for booking a visit at Alfredo Alexander DMD and takes very little time to complete.
Dental Implants Q & A
Why replace missing teeth?
When most people think about missing teeth, they only consider the cosmetic issues. While a gap in your smile can certainly prevent you from wanting to show off your smile, there are also serious health issues related to missing teeth.
Each of your natural teeth is anchored directly into your bone tissue. When you bite down or chew, that bone is stimulated, which keeps it healthy and strong.
Losing a tooth also means losing that stimulation. The underlying bone can begin to wear away in a process known as resorption. That can weaken the connection between your bone and remaining teeth, causing a cascade of tooth loss.
Missing teeth also change the dynamics of your bite. Your remaining teeth can be placed under undue pressure, which can cause damage and increase the risk of more tooth loss. You might also find yourself limiting your diet to avoid hard or crunchy foods, which can impact your overall health.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. Because implants are positioned directly within your bone tissue, they keep your jaw healthy and strong.
Implants consist of a post portion placed within your bone tissue, and a crown portion that serves as the visible part of the implant. Some systems use a small connector piece called an abutment to join the post to the crown, but others connect directly.
You can have a single dental implant to replace one missing tooth or multiple implants. A system called All-on-4Ⓡ anchors a full span of upper or lower crowns using just four implanted posts.
What is the process for getting a dental implant?
The planning stage is perhaps the most important part of getting a dental implant. Advanced digital imaging and software determine the best angle for placing your post. On the day of your visit, you’ll receive numbing medication to ensure you remain comfortable from start to finish.
An incision is made in your gums to gain access to the underlying bone. Drilling a small pilot hole allows the post to be implanted at a precise angle. Next, your gums are closed over the post and a period of healing begins.
Once your bone tissue has fused to the implanted post, you’ll return to have the crown portion of the implant attached. That completes the restoration, and you’ll leave with your new smile in place.
Alfredo Alexander DMD offers an in-house periodontist to perform dental implant procedures. The practice also offers implant restoration services if you encounter problems with an existing implant.
When you’re ready to learn more, call the office or click to book your personalized consultation.