If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from one or more damaged or diseased teeth and require a tooth extraction, or you are missing a tooth or have severely misaligned teeth that make you self-conscious about your smile, you may be a candidate for First Choice dental implants. While a bridge can also fill a gap left from the missing tooth, there are considerations that should be kept in mind. A bridge must be removed at night while sleeping to be cleaned and it can be at risk of falling out, leading to potentially embarrassing moments. A dental implant is put into place and is considered permanent, just like your other adult teeth. If you are in or near the Philadelphia area, Dr. Barry Levin is the clear choice for dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant requires a fixed titanium post be installed by an oral surgeon in the gum and bone where there is a missing tooth or teeth. Existing teeth will need to be extracted. Because the post is supported by the bone, Dr. Levin will ensure you have enough bone density to correctly support the implant. The titanium post or multiple posts will be installed in the gum and bone and a temporary set of teeth will be attached. About four to five months will be needed for the surgical incision to heal, and at that time, a permanent set of dentures or crowns will be cemented to the post. You will now have a new set of permanent teeth that do not require removal at night.
The First Choice for dental implants allows you to walk out after your procedure with new teeth and a fresh smile. While you will need to return for your permanent teeth at a later date, you will be able to eat, talk, and function as normal.
Are you a good patient for a dental implant?
You are a good candidate for a dental implant if you are in good health, including healthy gums, and no health conditions that require ongoing medications that could interfere with the body’s ability to heal. Non-smokers are also better candidates for dental implants as they typically have healthier gums and heal from surgery more quickly. Children who have experience mouth trauma or have diseased teeth needing to be removed are not considered candidates for dental implants until after they have stopped growing. The jaw bone needs to be fully grown before installing the titanium post into it.
Patients in the greater Philadelphia area looking for the clear choice for dental implants should consult with Dr. Barry Levin to learn more about their options and if they are a good candidate for this procedure.