What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is placed into your jawbone and a crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant.

Dental implants are the strongest, most lifelike, and longest-lasting tooth replacement option available today. They are the best solution for replacing teeth that are missing or need to come out for any reason.

State-Of-The-Art Dental Implant Treatment

Dr. Siegel uses the latest technology to ensure you receive optimal results. His 3D CT scanner enables him to view your mouth and jaw in a full 360-degree view. This allows him to see where all your oral structures are and how much bone you have.

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Beautiful New Teeth

For over 35 years, Dr. Siegel has been creating lifelike artificial teeth to replace missing or broken-down teeth. He will plan your treatment so that your new implant-supported teeth are strong, durable, and look natural. Dr. Siegel’s vast experience in providing top-notch cosmetic dental treatments allows him to ensure a beautiful smile every time, with restorations that are securely attached to the implant.

Friendly & Comfortable Care

Dr. Siegel has a reputation for his caring and personable chairside manner. Patient education is very important to him, and he makes sure to explain your treatment process in detail and answer all your questions.

To help you relax both before and during the procedure, we offer a variety of comfort amenities, including water and coffee in our reception area, pillows, blankets, headphones, Tempur-Pedic® pads on our dental chairs and NuCalm® therapy.

X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation

One aspect that makes dental implants at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell so unique is our guided dental implant placement. X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation is like GPS but for placing dental implants. We’re one of the 1,450 dental offices in the world offering this advanced dental technology. X-Guide provides Dr. Siegel with more control over the dental implant procedure. The technology integrates seamlessly with Cone Beam Imaging to help navigate the implants to their ideal placement location during the procedure. X-Guide gives us more control over the precise location, depth, and angle of your implant. The technology helps us provide patients with beyond exceptional results that are long-lasting and have a reduced rate of complications.

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Why Have Dental Implants Become So Popular?

The main reason for their popularity among dentists and patients alike is because dental implants are the most durable and natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Moreover, they can last a lifetime when properly cared for, making implants a win-win solution for the dentist and patient.

Another reason that more and more people are opting for dental implant treatment is that thousands of people who had previously been denied implants are now candidates thanks to breakthrough advances in implant procedure and material. As an example, those suffering from extensive bone loss simply lacked sufficient bone mass to support one or more implants. However, new procedures for building bone have eliminated that problem.

Even certain physical conditions that had once been thought to prohibit successful implant treatment (such as diabetes, anemia and osteoporosis), are no longer an obstacle. While it is up to the dentist to determine whether implant treatment is the best option, most people who need one or more teeth replaced and are healthy enough to undergo surgery are candidates for dental implants.

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Are Dental Implants Better Than Dental Bridges Or Dentures?

In terms of aesthetics, health, and durability, implants have many advantages over conventional bridges and dentures.

  • Implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth
  • Implants help provide you with far greater chewing power
  • Implants help prevent the gum and bone loss caused by missing teeth
  • Unlike dentures, implants do not slip or irritate your gums
  • Unlike dental bridges, implants do not depend on adjacent teeth for their support and therefore put no undue stress on your natural teeth
  • Implants last longer than bridges or dentures
  • Implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth
  • Implants help provide you with far greater chewing power
  • Implants help prevent the gum and bone loss caused by missing teeth
  • Unlike dentures, implants do not slip or irritate your gums
  • Unlike dental bridges, implants do not depend on adjacent teeth for their support and therefore put no undue stress on your natural teeth
  • Implants last longer than bridges or dentures

Implant-Supported Options To Replace Missing Teeth

Conventional dental bridges and dentures are also options for replacing teeth. However, keep in mind that you may not be facing an either/or situation. Today, several options are available for implant-supported bridges and dentures. Depending on your smile goals and needs, your dentist can consult with you to find the best solution.

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Steps To Getting Dental Implant Treatment

1. Consultation & Exam

The first step is to have a consultation with Dr. Siegel who is qualified and experienced in implant treatment. He will meet with you to discuss your goals and do a full exam, including any needed X-rays, to get a full picture of the condition of your teeth, gums, and bone.

Should you lack sufficient bone, you may need a bone substitute to build up further or create new bone. Once the bone augmentation is done, there is a waiting period of 3 to 6 months for the bone mass to build up sufficiently.

Dr. Siegel will monitor your progress and give you the green light once bone it is deemed that you have a strong enough foundation for implant placement.

2. Implant Placement

Now it is time to receive the implant. This is done using a gentle dental implant surgery. Most patients report that they experienced little if any discomfort. If you still have a tooth, we will extract it first.

Once the implants have been placed, there is a 3- to 9-month waiting period during which cells need to grow around the implant. “Osseointegration” is the technical term for this process during which human bone cells attach to the dental implant, and it was the breakthrough that made implant treatment possible.

Provided the bone stays healthy, the implant will stay in place. You will likely be given some type of provisional replacement teeth during this period.

3. Placement Of The Final Restoration

Dr. Siegel places a small post called an abutment that will connect to each implant. At this point, he will get digital impressions of your teeth and your implant abutments.

Part of preparing the final restoration includes selecting a shade that blends in well with your natural teeth. The high-precision planning that goes into fabricating your final teeth offers amazing results in teeth that look, function, and feel like they are your natural teeth.