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You might be surprised to learn that dentists have been using dental implants to replace lost teeth for more than four decades. Implants are so versatile that they can be used to replace one tooth or a whole set of teeth. Perhaps you’re interested in dental implants, but are they right for you? Dr. Robert Hoffmaster at Hoffmaster Dental in York, PA, specializes in dental implants.
Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?
Dental implants are not only popular with York, PA, dental patients, but also with dental patients throughout the United States and Europe. Dental implants are durable and if you take care of them, they can last a lifetime. They are also the closest replacement you can get to your natural teeth in terms of functionality, comfort, convenience, and appearance.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are not for everyone, but if you are interested in them as an option for your missing teeth, talk to Dr. Hoffmaster and he will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for dental implants. To help you figure this out, here are some things you should discuss:
- Your medical history: This is important because if you have a history of bone disease, liver disease, periodontal disease, or you have recently had radiation or chemotherapy, you may not be a candidate for dental implants.
- Your bone quality: Bone density differs from person to person. The condition of your bones will depend on your overall health, your age, your history of gum disease, and lost teeth. Generally, the denser your jawbones are, the more stable your implants will be. If you do have signs of bone erosion, you may be able to have a bone graft prior to dental implants.
If you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, Dr. Hoffmaster will explain the procedure and the timeline. How long it will take for the full treatment to be complete will depend on the number of dental implants you are having and the condition of your jawbone.
If you are a York, PA, resident and you would like to find out more about dental implants, you can call Dr. Hoffmaster on 717-846-9428 to request a consultation.
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth? Dental implants offered by your York, PA, dentist, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, provide several benefits that make implants an excellent choice.
5 reasons to choose dental implants
Dental implants can:
- Improve Your Appearance: Do you feel as if there's nothing left to smile about since you've lost one or more teeth? Dental implants replace your lost teeth, restoring your sparkling smile. Implants consist of titanium posts implanted in your jawbone during minor oral surgery in York. Implants bond to your jawbone and replace your tooth roots. As soon as the implants bond to your bone, they're topped with dental crowns, synthetic restorations that replace the tops of teeth.
- Make Eating Easier: Tooth restoration options that only restore the visible parts of teeth may cause your biting power to decrease. Since dental replace the crowns and roots of your teeth, they provide the strength you need to bite, chew and grind soft, hard, tough and chewy foods easily.
- Keep Your Jaw Strong: Your jawbone may begin to shrink after tooth loss, particularly if you've lost multiple teeth. The problem occurs due to a loss of stimulation from the tooth roots. Eventually, the muscles in the lower half of your face may begin to sag or your teeth may become loose. Dental implants constantly stimulate your jawbone, preventing it from shrinking or weakening.
- Offer an Alternative to Traditional Dentures: Dental implants are a good option no matter how many teeth you've lost. They can even be used with dentures. As few as four implants can be used to attach an implant-supported upper or lower denture. Dentures may be attached directly to dental implants or to a metal framework that is attached to the implants.
- Provide a Comfortable Restoration Option: Strong roots not only make it possible to eat a variety of foods but also make dental implants a comfortable option. In fact, your new tooth will probably feel very much like your natural teeth. Since your crown is connected directly to the implant, you won't have to worry about uncomfortable gum irritation either.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants. Call your dentist in York, PA, Dr. Robert Hoffmaster, at (717) 846-9428 to schedule your appointment.
Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.
But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.
A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.
That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.
You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.
Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.
How dental implants from our office in York, PA, can rebuild your smile!
If you are dealing with tooth loss, then chances are good that you are trying to figure out best restoration method—after all, the sooner you replace that tooth, the better it is for the health of your smile. Luckily, our York, PA office offers the next best thing to a real tooth: a dental implant.
Here are some of the top benefits of getting this treatment...
A realistic restoration: With dental implants, you will not be able to tell the difference between your restoration and the rest of your teeth. That’s because dental implants function just like a natural tooth does, and is designed to look just like one, too!
A lifelong tooth: If you care for your teeth properly and maintain good oral hygiene, your dental implants could last for several decades, which could equate to you having your new dental implant for the rest of your life. While dentures and bridges will need to be replaced every few years, once an implant is placed, it’s usually set for life.
Preserve your jawbone: Untreated tooth loss will eventually affect the health of your jawbone and cause it to deteriorate, which in turn can alter the overall shape of the face. All of your teeth work together to support the muscles of the face, but once you lose a tooth, this support dwindles and leads to sagging, sunken cheeks, and premature wrinkles. The only restoration that can actually prevent bone loss is a dental implant.
Enjoy your favorite foods again: Nothing is worse than sitting down to a night out on the town and realizing that most of the foods on the menu are going to be difficult for you to eat. Luckily, implants function just like real teeth and won’t move around while you chew, meaning that you can once again enjoy going out to dinner without ever having to worry about whether your teeth are up for the challenge!
Are you ready to find out if you could benefit from implants? If so, call Hoffmaster Dental's York, PA, office today at (717) 846-9428 to schedule your consultation!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”