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You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.

It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.

We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.

It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.

Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.

Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”

By Gilbert Dental Care
December 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.

Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.

If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.

If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.

Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.

What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.

You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Gilbert Dental Care
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you dealing with tooth loss? Find out how dental implant could restore your implants

While it’s normal for children to lose teeth it’s not exactly a happy occasion when this happens in adulthood. You may feel scared, upset or even lost about what to do next. This is where our Philadelphia dentists Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez come in. We can provide you with the restoration you need to replace missing teeth and to help you get your smile back. Find out how dental implants could treat your tooth loss.

Get a Full Smile Back

When you have gaps in your smile the first thing you want to do is fill those gaps with a restoration that will most resemble a real tooth. Look no further than dental implants. Implants are the next best thing to real teeth, as they function like tooth roots and they are even fabricated to mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth. Implants even offer a much better longevity than other tooth replacement options can.

Renew Self Confidence

Being embarrassed by your smile can lead to a lot of self-esteem issues. After all, every time you smile you know that people are noticing those empty gaps in your smile. Whether you find yourself avoiding social engagements or smiling less, our Philadelphia general dentist knows that the minute you get your dental implant you’ll feel instantly more confident with the way you look.

Prevent Bone Loss

Unfortunately, untreated tooth loss also leads to jawbone loss. The jawbone stays strong and healthy thanks to stimulation from tooth roots. Of course, if you are missing one or more teeth you can imagine that the jawbone can no longer get the ample stimulation it needs, which means that it will start to break down. While other replacement options like bridges and dentures won’t be able to preserve your jawbone, dental implants can. This is the only restoration that will be placed into the jawbone where it will fuse together with bone and tissue and provide the proper amount of stimulation the jawbone needs to stay healthy.

Fully Restore Chewing and Speaking

You know how challenging it can be to eat certain foods when you have missing teeth. You may also notice that you’ve developed a lisp or speech impediment due to tooth loss. Luckily, getting implants also means that your smile’s strength is fully restored. No more fighting with foods that you can’t eat and no more problems with your speech.

Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants? Want to chat with us about your tooth replacement options? Then what are you waiting for? Call Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia, PA today.