Do I need dental implants?

If you are considering your options for tooth replacement to restore the function and aesthetics of your smile, you may be told by your dentist that you may want to think about the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement solution that is often considered by patients who are seeking a more permanent fixture in the smile. They can replace one, several, or even all the teeth by acting as a support for a conservative full denture. Regardless of their use, they can be a great alternative to other treatments such as removable partial dentures or dental bridges. Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell of McDowell Dental Group in Abington, PA can consult with new and current patients regarding the best solution for their needs. 

What is a dental implant? 

The dental implant is a tooth root replacement. It is made of a biocompatible metal such as titanium and is placed with oral surgery into the bone of the jaw. It can then be restored over the top abutment as needed for the patient’s unique situation. The implant can hold dentures in place, be restored with a dental crown for a single tooth, or may act as the foundation for one or both sides of a dental bridge to replace one or more teeth in a row. This versatility makes them a wonderful option for many individuals. 

When should I consider dental implants? 

Patients who are missing one or more teeth may want to ask about the placement of one or several dental implants to act as a foundation for restorative solutions. Dental implants are a great choice for patients who have sufficient bone and want to maintain their bone structure after tooth loss as they combat natural bone resorption. Additionally, dental implants do not require any additional care, making them just as easy as the rest of the smile to brush and floss. 

How do I obtain more information about dental implants? 

Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA encourage patients who are interested in learning more about tooth replacement options such as dental implants to book a consultation visit with the team to find out if they are a proper candidate. Call (215) 885-0555 to schedule an appointment at 1047 Old York Road.

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