Permanently Replace Missing Teeth
Implant Dentistry in South Philadelphia
If you are suffering from tooth loss, this can negatively affect more than just your dental health. Missing a tooth can make daily tasks like chewing, speaking, and smiling very difficult, and your emotional well-being can suffer as a result. Dental implants offer a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth and they are the only restorative option that prevents jaw bone resorption after tooth loss. Call today to schedule an implant consultation and take the first step to get your smile back!
Precision & Expertise
Dental Implant Placements
We use state-of-the-art technology and digital imaging tools to capture accurate, precise images of your mouth, jaw, and face. Our South Philadelphia dentists use this information to plan your implant placement procedure and ensure a smooth treatment. We will ensure that your implant is placed perfectly and bonds properly with your surrounding bone and gum tissue to provide a permanent solution for your missing tooth. With sedation available for our patients, we will keep you feeling comfortable and safe throughout your entire placement process.
Caring for Your New Smile
Maintenance of Dental Implants
One of the best things about dental implants is that they do not require special care once they have healed. To care for a single-tooth implant, all you have to do is brush and floss normally, and come to see the team at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates for regular six-month cleanings and oral exams. It’s that simple!
Restore Missing Teeth with Crowns
Single-tooth implants consist of two parts: the implant itself (a small, rod-shaped piece of titanium that is surgically placed into your jaw) and a restoration (a porcelain dental crown). After your placement procedure, your implant bonds with your jaw bone. Once it completely heals and osseointegrates, the implant functions as an artificial tooth root. The crown then attaches to your implant to restore your tooth. Together, your implant and crown will work together to restore the form and function of your smile.
What to Expect
The Dental Implant Process
The implant process begins with a comprehensive oral exam at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates. We will examine your mouth and take x-rays and images to determine if your jaw and gum tissue are strong enough to support an implant.
If so, we will begin creating your implant placement plan. During your placement procedure, one of our dentists will clean and numb your mouth, then create an opening in your gums and jaw bone. Your implant will be placed precisely into this opening and the treatment area will be cleaned, disinfected, and sutured shut.
Initial healing takes only about 1-2 weeks. However, it takes about 3-6 months for your implant to osseointegrate and bond with your bone. During this 3-6 month period, you’ll come back for checkups at our office, and we will begin taking impressions and images of your mouth to create your custom dental crown. At your final appointment, your crown will be attached to your implant permanently to fully restore your smile.
Candidates for Implants
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
As long as you have a relatively healthy mouth and a strong jaw bone, you are a good candidate for dental implants. However, if your jaw bone has weakened due to tooth loss or if you are currently suffering from a condition like gum disease, you may require preparatory treatments before implant surgery can begin. To find out if implants are right for you, schedule an appointment at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates today.
Know Your Options
Implants Vs. Dentures
Compared to both partial and full dentures, dental implants are superior in every way. One of the biggest benefits of implants over dentures is the natural look and feel of dental implants. Unlike dentures, dental implants are surgically implanted and secured into your jaw bone. This means that your implants will never shift or move while you eat, speak, or chew. Your implants and restorations will look and feel completely natural, unlike dentures.
Dental implants also stimulate and protect your jaw bone, unlike dentures. Like a natural tooth, the implant transmits the force from biting and chewing into your jaw, which keeps it strong. Dentures, on the other hand, do not do this, which means your jaw will weaken over time.
It’s also much easier to care for dental implants. Most implant-supported restorations, such as dental crowns, don’t have to be removed, and you can care for them just like you would care for normal teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is all you need. In contrast, dentures must be removed and cleaned regularly.
Finally, dental implants last much longer. Most implants last at least 30 years with proper care, and most patients will be able to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. Full and partial dentures, on the other hand, usually last only 3-8 years at most.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants Vs. Natural Teeth
Dental implants are the type of dental restoration that is the most like a natural tooth. Just like a natural tooth, they consist of two primary parts. The implant mimics the structure of a tooth root, while the implant-supported restoration functions as an artificial tooth.
Once the implant has been placed, it has the unique ability to “osseointegrate” with your natural jaw tissue, bonding to it permanently. For all intents and purposes, it will become a natural part of your mouth. If you want a dental restoration that looks and feels just like a natural tooth, there is no better choice than a dental implant from Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates.
Putting You First
Our Certified Implantology Dentists
Unlike some other dental offices that offer dental implants, our team of dentists is qualified by the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists). Both Dr. Michael Barnes and Dr. Kate Cooper are fully trained and certified by the ICOI, and have learned about the most cutting-edge, advanced techniques for better results when placing dental implants.
You can trust our team of experienced dentists and dental assistants to provide you with the best possible service, and deliver excellent results whether you’re getting a single dental implant, or getting a set of full-arch dental implants.
Our Advanced Technology
For Better Dental Implant Results
We use the most sophisticated dental technology to provide you with high-quality dental implants in Philadelphia. This includes guided implant surgery, which uses advanced digital imaging to create surgical guides, which ensure the precise and accurate placement of your implant during your procedure.
Our team also uses digital impressions of your teeth which are taken with a hand-held scanner, rather than dental putty. This ensures unparalleled precision, and allows you to stay more comfortable during the implant planning process.