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Like Getting Your Teeth Back

We know that it can be traumatic if you have lost one or more teeth or are facing the loss of a tooth. It’s a major loss, and it can have a big emotional impact, including losing your functional bite and full smile. Dental implants can help. They look just like your natural teeth and can function like them, too. It’s almost like getting your natural teeth back!

Dr. John H. Tucker offers outstanding implant dentistry at Tucker Dental Excellence. Since the 1980s, Dr. Tucker has worked with dental implants, and his innovative approach helped shape modern implantology. In addition to developing implant technologies, he was a consultant for numerous dental supply companies developing their own technologies. His extensive training gives him the expertise to help you get beautiful, functional replacement teeth with dental implants. Dr. Tucker is a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Society of Osseointegration. The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics awarded him a mastership.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. The implant is made of a material that isn’t just biocompatible–your body will integrate it with the jawbone. Most implants use titanium for the tooth root, but some advanced ceramic implants are available, too.

On top of the dental implant, Dr. Tucker will attach a restoration that replaces the visible and chewing part of the tooth. The restoration you receive depends on how many teeth you replace and how many implants you receive. It could be anything from a single dental crown to a full implant denture that replaces an entire arch of teeth.

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All-on-X Implants

All-on-X implants are a unique method that replaces an entire arch of teeth (either the top or bottom set) at once using just a few implants. Four, six, or eight of these anchors will secure an implant denture.

With this approach, you may be able to go into your implant procedure with decayed and damaged natural teeth and leave with attractive, functional replacements. You can get a full set of replacement teeth in just one day.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are today’s most recommended tooth replacement option because they offer many benefits.

  • Look like natural teeth
  • Function like natural teeth
  • Don’t damage natural teeth
  • Require no special care
  • Can last a lifetime

Dental implants look just like natural teeth. They look so much like natural teeth that most people won’t be able to pick out the implants and the natural teeth.

Unlike dentures, dental implants also function like natural teeth. They let you bite and chew normally–you won’t have to give up any foods.

Implants support themselves, minimizing the risk of damaging your natural teeth, unlike dentures and bridges. With implants, you won’t elevate the risk of future tooth loss, as can occur with those alternative tooth replacements.

Maintaining dental implants is straightforward. Treat them akin to natural teeth: brush, floss, and attend regular dental checkups. With proper care, implants can endure a lifetime—50 years or more. However, the restorations on them may have a shorter lifespan—crowns, bridges, and dentures typically lasting 10-30 years.

The Dental Implant Process

The dental implant process starts with a consultation and exam where Dr. Tucker will determine whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. Basically, you need to:

  • Have missing or failing teeth
  • Be an adult with a mature jaw
  • Be healthy enough for surgery

If you are a dental implant candidate, Dr. Tucker might determine that you need additional procedures before you get implants, such as gum disease treatment or a bone graft to make sure there’s enough bone to support your implants.

When you are ready for surgery, the implant or implants will be placed in the jaw. If the implants are stable enough, you can get a provisional restoration immediately. However, if the implant isn’t ready for a restoration, you may get healing caps or have your implants covered by your gums to protect them.

Over the next few months, your body will rebuild the bone around the implants, bonding to the artificial roots. When this process is complete, Dr. Tucker will place your definitive restorations.

Implants can be combined with other procedures in full mouth reconstruction.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The dental implant procedure is customized for you. The type of implant, the type of restoration, and numerous potential support procedures like gum disease treatment and bone graft mean that the cost can vary widely, from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Before you agree to the procedure, you will get a comprehensive estimate of the cost. If you need financing, we work with CareCredit. Dental insurance may also cover some of the dental implant cost.

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How to Maintain Your Dental Implants

Care for your dental implants like you would for your natural teeth. Brush your implants twice daily and floss them at least daily to remove bacteria. Dental implants can’t get cavities but are vulnerable to gum disease. It’s the leading cause of implant failure, just as it’s the leading cause of tooth loss.

Flossing around your implants might differ slightly from your natural teeth. We might recommend different tools to ensure you get the implant clean, but it’s not more difficult. After a short time, it will feel normal.

If you are at high risk, we might recommend more regular dental checkups than every six months to ensure you’re not developing gum disease.

Wear a mouthguard during sleep if instructed, and always wear one when participating in sports. A custom mouthguard is recommended.

If you take care of your implants, they will serve you well. Implants regularly last for decades: over 50 years in some cases.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation

Dental implants are your best choice if you’re looking for functional, attractive tooth replacement, and Dr. Tucker is an outstanding implant dentist.

To learn how he can help you restore your smile, please call (814) 836-7777 to request an appointment at Tucker Dental Excellence in Erie, PA.

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