Learn about How Dental Implants Work - Montgomery County, PA
Serving Ambler, Chestnut Hill, Lansdale, Philadelphia, & Blue Bell, PA
Even back in 1984, Dr. Di Girolamo knew that dental implants were going to revolutionize tooth replacement. Always dedicated to providing his patients with the most advanced technology, he attended the first seminar held on topic in the United States, and continues to champion this natural tooth replacement for those patients that would most benefit from it's many advantages.
He understands that losing teeth can be a traumatic experience. Dr. Di Girolamo focuses on replacing missing teeth with proven, minimally-invasive techniques that allow his patients to regain
maximum use of their teeth, while maintaining jaw strength, a natural appearance, and restored function.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.
Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and replaced with a three-unit "bridge."
Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, Dr. Di Girolamo inserts a dental implant into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. The implant becomes solidly fixed into your jaw bone (osseointegration). Your restorative dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth.
Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.
Replacing Several Missing Teeth
Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial or full denture.
Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with "floating" partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for denture adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided. With dental implants, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, allowing them to feel much more like natural teeth.
Natural tooth roots and dental implant posts are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and posts stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.
Dental Implants Prevent Loss of Jawbone
Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance by preventing loss of jawbone which often occurs when teeth are lost. Dental implants function like natural tooth roots. They stimulate the jawbone when you chew and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures.
The Success Rate of Dental Implants
After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
It is done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have lasted for more than 50 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants could last a lifetime.
A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, "Is there enough bone to support the implant?" Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago. For more information on bone regeneration, please see the articles on Bone Grafting and Sinus Grafting for Implants.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment typically begins with a visit with your restorative dentist. If they feel dental implants might be possible, they will refer you to a Dr. Di Girolamo for an examination and consultation.
Your Dental Team
Once the implant is placed, you will be sent back to your restorative dentist for a crown or replacement teeth. We take pride in working closely with your restorative dentist and achieving the best possible result.
For More Information
The following sites will provide you with more information on dental implants:
- MissingTeeth.org website for the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA).
- Academy of Osseointegration - What Are Dental Implants
- American Academy of Periodontology Article:
Dental Implants: Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own
- American Dental Association - Implants