Dental Implants – Bensalem, PA
Finally, A Reliable Solution for Your Missing Teeth
Each of your teeth plays an integral role in maintaining your ability to chew food effectively, pronounce words and smile with confidence. Therefore, if any number of them are missing, life suddenly becomes more difficult, but there’s a remedy. When you visit our dentists at Perfect Smiles of Bensalem to have your smile reconstructed, you’ll once again have a smile that functions and feels like new. Contact us today to experience the multiple advantages of receiving dental implants in Bensalem, PA!
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Bensalem for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored In-House
- CT/Cone Beam Scanner for Safe, Precise Implant Placement
- Flexible Dental Payment Plans Available
What Are Dental Implants?
One thing makes dental implants different from other tooth replacement methods like dental bridges and dentures – dental implants recreate the root section of missing teeth in addition to the visible crown. A dental implant consists of a titanium post (which mimics the root), a restoration that sits on top (this could be a crown, bridge or even a full or partial denture), and an abutment (a piece that connects the implant to the restoration.)
After we have surgically placed the implant post in your jaw, it stimulates the bone to grow around it in a process known as osseointegration. This is what allows dental implants to be so successful – they essentially become part of your body! As a result, they provide stability, longevity, functionality, and reliability that traditional tooth replacements simply cannot.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Getting dental implants requires a multistep treatment process that may take anywhere from a few months to a year or longer. However, because this solution can last a lifetime, patients often find that dental implants are worth the wait! Additionally, our team at Perfect Smiles of Bensalem can surgically place implants in-house; you won’t have to visit a separate specialist.
Although each patient’s tooth replacement journey differs, the dental implant process generally has four basic steps:
- Consultation – Our dentists examine your smile and determine your candidacy for dental implants.
- Surgery – We place the implants at precise locations and angles in your jawbone.
- Osseointegration/abutment – The implant fuses with the jawbone, which takes several months. Afterward, we install the abutment on top.
- Restorations – We place your final crown, bridge, or denture on your abutment, completing your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
While there are different ways to replace missing teeth, there is one that stands in a class of its own: dental implants. By choosing to have your teeth replaced with this solution, here are some specific advantages you can expect to enjoy:
- Tooth and Root Replacement – As mentioned earlier, a dental implant does more than just replace a tooth; it also restores the missing stability of the tooth root.
- Longevity – With proper care, a dental implant can last 30 or more years.
- High Success Rate – At the 10-year mark, the average success rate of dental implants is 95%.
- Restored Functionality – With a new dental implant, you can expect to regain up to 75% of your original chewing capacity.
- Symmetrical Smile – You don’t have to settle for only the usage of your teeth; you’ll also have a beautiful new smile with dental implant placement.
- No Damage to the Surrounding Teeth – Whereas other replacement methods, like traditional bridges, rely on the surrounding teeth to stabilize the new fixture, the dental implant process requires no alterations of any of your other teeth.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Another attractive feature of the dental implant treatment is that it’s versatile in nature. That means any number of missing teeth can be replaced. It all starts with a visit to our Bensalem dental office, at which time Dr. Gutman will perform a complete and thorough examination to fully assess the current condition of your teeth and your oral health in general. Then, based on your specific needs, one of the following routes will be taken.
Missing One Tooth
To replace a single missing tooth, we’ll first place the dental implant and then allow time for you to heal sufficiently. Later, we’ll invite you back to the office to have a titanium abutment placed that provides a secure way for the final restoration (porcelain crown) to be attached.
Missing Multiple Teeth
A traditional way to replace several missing teeth is with a dental bridge or a partial denture. The problem with both is they rely on the other teeth to either be bonded or clasped to. An implant-supported bridge or partial is a better option because it allows a set of prosthetic teeth to be securely and permanently fastened.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing a full set of teeth, the last thing you want is a separate dental implant placement for each tooth. Instead, Dr. Gutman will strategically place four to six implants per arch. By them being attached to the jawbone at the safest and most advantageous angles, they provide a secure way to fully reconstruct your smile.
We’ll design a custom set of dentures with snaps on their underside that allow them to attach to the abutments. That means you won’t have to worry about any slips or the embarrassment of the appliances falling out your mouth.
Missing Teeth with Low Jawbone Density
Do you have minimal bone tissue that makes it difficult to receive dental implants? Mini dental implants are substantially thinner and easier to place inside of bone tissue, even for those who have been missing teeth for a very long time! It’s a great alternative for those looking to replace teeth via dental implants despite long-term bone loss.
We also offer All-on-4 dental implants. The All-on-4 implant treatment allows us to place four implants throughout the mouth in a way that maximizes bone tissue. This lets us place a full denture on top of these implants the very same day.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
As with most purchases, you get what you pay for when it comes to dental implants. This tooth replacement solution comes with many unique benefits, making it well worth your investment. There are various factors that contribute to the overall cost of your dental implants in Bensalem. Read on to learn what you can expect!
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Before your dental implant surgery, any preexisting issues must be treated, including problems like gum disease and necessary tooth extractions. Typically, this will increase the price of your treatment. Next, your surgery will incur its own cost, and you may pay more based on the type of anesthesia used. An advantage of dentistry at Perfect Smiles of Bensalem is that we place and restore your dental implants, giving you compact fees instead of multiple bills from your dentist in addition to an outside dental implant specialist.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Usually, you can expect a higher cost if you are getting multiple implants. However, your price will also depend on the type of dental implants you receive. They are made of titanium, zirconia, and other materials. Just like with other items you may shop around for; some implants are better than others. We are always transparent with our patients about using high-quality dental implants for the highest success rates.
Final Dental Implant Restoration
In addition to the type of implants you get, the restorations necessary will also affect your cost. For a single missing tooth, a dental crown supported by an implant is usually a great option. If you’re missing multiple teeth consecutively, we can use a dental bridge to literally “bridge” the gap. And for those missing all or most of their teeth, we can use an average of four to six dental implants to support a denture for a stable full smile replacement.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Typically, dental insurance won’t cover dental implants, but this will depend on your plan. In some cases, certain portions of the procedure may be partially covered, including the initial consultation, treatment of preexisting issues, and the final restoration. Our friendly front desk team will do their best to maximize your insurance benefits while minimizing your out-of-pocket spending. We are always happy to communicate with your insurance provider directly to file claims.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, we want our patients to have access to the best dental services at fees they can afford. If you don’t have insurance, there is no need to worry! We offer an amazing dental implant special where patients can get the entire dental implant tooth replacement, abutment, and restoration for just $2,650. We also accept alternative financing options through CareCredit. With this affordable solution, patients can make low-to-no interest monthly payments based on their specific needs.
Dental Implant FAQs
As you might have guessed, dental implants are a major investment. That’s why you should do as much research as you can before committing to this treatment. Reading the information on this page can help, but you probably have questions that we haven’t addressed yet. For your convenience, we’ve answered a small number of frequently asked dental implant questions below. Of course, if you would rather speak directly with a member of our team, please give us a call!
Will people be able to tell that I have dental implants?
Unless you tell them, others shouldn’t be able to tell that your dental implants aren’t your “real” teeth! Your implant dentist in Bensalem will fully customize the crown, bridge, or denture that goes on top of your implants to match the size, shape, and color of the teeth you used to have. Additionally, your implants are embedded in your jaw, so you won’t have to worry about them slipping or shifting as you would with dentures alone.
What can cause dental implants to fail?
Dental implant failure is extremely rare; it happens in fewer than 5% of cases. That said, your implants may fail if they cannot fuse to the jaw due to low bone density. Another common cause of dental implant failure is poor oral hygiene, which can lead to inflammation of the gums supporting the implants. For these reasons, it’s important that you have a healthy jawbone and have established good oral hygiene habits before receiving dental implants. We’ll discuss the ways in which you can minimize dental implant failure as we go through the treatment process.
How can I tell if my dental implant is failing?
The most common signs of dental implant failure are intense pain around the implant, swollen or inflamed gums, or a feeling that your implant is loose or shifting. If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to call us right away. The sooner we can treat the issue, the higher chance we have of salvaging the implant.
Is there anything I shouldn’t eat with dental implants?
For the first week or so after dental implant surgery, you should avoid consuming anything particularly chewy, sugary, acidic, or alcoholic. After you’ve fully healed, you should be able to eat virtually anything you want with your dental implants in Bensalem. With that in mind, be careful around sticky foods that could loosen or dislodge your restoration. Very hard foods, like ice or nuts, can also damage your implants in the same way that they can damage real teeth.
Am I too old to get dental implants?
After your jawbone has finished developing (which may take until a person’s mid-twenties), then age should no longer be a factor in your candidacy for dental implants. However, it is important to note that advanced age comes with a higher risk of other medical conditions that could complicate dental implant treatment, such as bone loss or diabetes. Our dentists will go over your medical history and determine what we need to do to make your treatment as safe and successful as possible.