With a success rate of 97%, Dental Implants are the longest lasting, most economical solution for missing teeth. What makes them so great? Well, to start, a dental implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth. This provides a more stable replacement option compared to other types of restorations.
A dental implant can help prevent bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing. A significant benefit of dental implants is that they can replace a missing tooth without involving adjacent teeth. And dental implants can be used to replace one, two or an entire set of missing teeth.
About the Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is a two part process that often involves two or more highly trained dentists and specialists. Your treatment will begin with Philadelphia dentist Dr. Pamela G Doray. She will provide a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to examine your mouth, teeth and bone structure to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
The first part of the dental implant procedure involves the extraction of the tooth (if it is still present) and implantation. A dental implant is made of titanium and serves as the replacement tooth root. It is surgically placed into the bone where it will integrate and become part of the living bone structure. This provides a sturdy, long lasting support for the prosthetic tooth that is not achieved with other replacement options.
The healing process for dental implant varies, but generally takes three to six months. During this time, you may have a temporary crown or bridge to restore aesthetics and function. The second part of the dental implant procedure involves the implant restoration. Dr. Doray will uncover the dental implant and attach an abutment. Next, she will secure the replacement tooth or teeth. In the case of a single missing tooth, Dr. Doray will use a dental crown. For two or more missing teeth, she may use a dental bridge or denture.
Dental Implants: Before & After Photos
Kat came to our Philadelphia dental office for a complete smile makeover. Dr. Doray recommended dental implants, crowns and whitening to restore Kat’s teeth to optimal esthetics and health. The result is a beautiful, natural looking smile.
How Much About Dental Implants Do You Know?
Which of the following statements are true:
- A dental implant can replace a missing tooth without involving adjacent teeth.
- Dental implants can replace two or more missing teeth.
- Dental implants help to preserve the jaw bone.
- Dental implant restorations are esthetic and very comfortable.
- Dental implant technology has improved dramatically in the last decade.
The answer: ALL of the statements are true!
Brush up on your Dental Implant knowledge. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Dental Implants from Philadelphia dentist Dr. Pamela G Doray:
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dr. Doray offers many types of dental implant systems and prices vary widely depending on the complexity of the case as well as the materials selected. You can expect dental implants to be in the neighborhood of $5000-$7000 per tooth.
Dr. Doray will perform a comprehensive consultation to evaluate your specific situation and provide you with a detailed treatment plan that includes associated costs. We offer several flexible payment options for dental implants including interest free financing through Care Credit.
Why is a dental implant often the ideal choice for replacing a missing tooth?
A dental implant is a single tooth solution for a single tooth problem. While a dental bridge relies on neighboring teeth for support, a dental implant can be placed without affecting adjacent teeth.
Because a dental implant is an actual root replacement, it helps to preserve bone which would otherwise be resorbed.
Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth by supporting a permanent bridge or denture. Dr. Doray will evaluate your condition, assessing the quality and quantity of bone as well as facial anatomy to determine how many dental implants will need to be placed.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The process for dental implants ranges from one person to another, but generally takes three to six months from extraction/implantation through final restoration. Learn more about the dental implant process
How does a dental implant work?
A dental implant is made up of three different components:
Implant – The actual implant is a replacement tooth root, most commonly made of titanium. You may be familiar with the concept of hip, knee or other joint replacements and a dental implant is similar in that it replaces the root which is the support structure for the tooth.
Abutment – An abutment attaches to the implant to connect the dental crown. This is placed on the implant after the implant has integrated into the bone.
Crown – The dental crown functions as the replacement tooth. This can be made from a variety of materials depending on the location of the tooth in the mouth and the aesthetic goals of the patient. Dr. Doray uses a variety of tooth like materials that provide a very natural looking restoration.
Will it hurt?
The implantation is actually a very gentle procedure because working on bone is actually easier than working on teeth. It is a totally pain-free experience and you will be able to return to work immediately following the procedure. It is normal to experience mild soreness after the anesthesia wears off. There will be little or no pain as the dental implant heals and integrates to the bone.
Will I be missing a tooth during the treatment?
Many patients are concerned about the appearance of a missing tooth during treatment, especially those who are missing teeth in the front of the mouth. Dr. Doray offers many options for temporary tooth replacement in the extraction site during the implantation and integration process.
Dr. Doray will evaluate your condition to determine the best options for your particular dental situation. In some cases, we can provide an ‘immediate loaded’ implant, where a temporary crown is placed at the same time as the implant.
Why Choose Dr. Pamela Doray for Dental Implants
Dr. Pamela G Doray has been restoring dental implants since 1986. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Doray is an educator for Biomet 3i, the third largest dental implant company in the world, which allows her to teach and mentor dentists who are learning to provide implant care.
Dr. Doray is a leader in Cosmetic Dentistry and on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is an experienced clinical speaker and involved in a number of pilot studies utilizing the latest digital technology in implant treatment. This experience and hands-on training allows her to provide patients with the highest level of care and state-of-the-art dental implant treatment at her dental office in Center City Philadelphia. To schedule a consultation or learn more about dental implants, please call the office of Pamela G Doray DMD at (215) 395-6076 or schedule a visit online.