Permanently Replacing Missing Teeth in Pittsburgh
Dental implants are substitutes for missing teeth and are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The individual who has lost one or more teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence. Implants are very small titanium anchors that are inserted into the regions of the jawbone where teeth are missing. Each implant functions as the root of a missing tooth. The bone fuses to the implant and this creates a strong foundation for various kinds of restorations (a single crown, multiple crowns, bridgework or dentures). In addition, implants help preserve facial structure (lip and cheek support), preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If you are one of the many people in the Pittsburgh area living with missing teeth, call us today to schedule your dental implants consultation!
If you feel that implant dentistry may be a choice for you, we ask that you undergo an evaluation by Dr. Supowitz. Your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Supowitz and a periodontist or oral surgeon referred by him. A collaborative team approach will help assure that your procedure is a success.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. The implants are placed in your jawbone beneath the surface of the gums and the bone gradually fuses to the implants. An immediate temporary restoration is fabricated and placed. After two to four months (dependent upon the treatment necessary), Dr. Supowitz will be able to create the final restoration (crowns, bridges, or dentures) that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
The entire traditional procedure usually takes three to six months to complete, dependent upon the individual’s specific dental treatment. Dr. Supowitz also offers the Teeth-in-a-day treatment concept when appropriate, in which he immediately places restoration(s) on the implant(s) upon their insertion. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life with either procedure.