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Dental Implants

Losing your teeth has several significant effects on your life. It becomes more difficult to bite and chew food, which can impact your digestion and your overall nutrition. You may develop a lisp or have other difficulties speaking. Your smile deteriorates, which can significantly affect your confidence. Additionally, tooth loss can also affect the health of your jawbone, causing bone loss. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help to restore the functions of your missing teeth, your smile, and your quality of life with dental implants.

What are Implants?

Dental implants are a modern-day treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing you with an alternative to bridges and dentures. Dental implants consist of three components.

  • Posts. The posts, typically made from titanium, are surgically placed into your jawbone. The bone then fuses to the posts, integrating them into the jaw. They become strong, stable roots that then provide secure support for your dental restorations.
  • Abutments. The abutments, or connectors, are placed on the ends of the implants. They are designed to provide stability for your restorations.
  • Dental restorations. The dental restorations are your replacement teeth. Made from ceramic, they are designed to look exactly like your real teeth. Ceramic perfectly mimics the properties of natural tooth enamel.

Types of Implants

Dental implants are very versatile. There are several different types of implants to meet a variety of needs.

  • Single tooth. A single tooth implant uses one post and one crown to replace a single tooth.
  • Multiple teeth. Also called an implant supported bridge, this type of implant replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth. The number of posts required depends upon your specific situation.
  • Full arch replacement. This type of restoration is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Typically, 6 to 8 posts are used to support your dental restorations.
  • All on 4. This type of treatment is used when you do not have substantial bone mass in your jaw to support a regular full arch replacement. Treatment is designed to avoid the need for a bone graft, using four strategically placed implant posts rather than the typical 6 to 8.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide several significant benefits including:

  • A completely natural appearance. The ceramic crowns look exactly like your real teeth, providing a seamless restoration of your smile. This can also significantly boost your confidence.
  • Much more natural feel. The restorations feel just like your real teeth. You do not need to adjust to a strange object in your mouth or relearn how to speak.
  • Greater comfort. The restorations are supported by the posts rather than your gums or adjacent teeth.
  • Ease of care. The restorations can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
  • Preservation of your jawbone. The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your real teeth. This stimulation stops bone loss in your jaw and prevents future bone loss, preserving the integrity and health of your jaw.

Downsides to Dental Implants

There are some downsides to dental implants to keep in mind as well.

  • They require a surgical procedure for placement.
  • With surgery, there is a recovery period. This can take several weeks to several months.
  • If you do not have sufficient bone mass in your jaw, you may require a bone graft, which requires additional surgery.
  • Dental implants typically cost more.

Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants can provide an incredible treatment for giving you your life back. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

Types of Dental Implants

X-Guide image from Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing a revolutionary alternative to bridges and dentures. Implants use small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone gradually fuses to the posts, enabling them to provide stable, secure support for your replacement teeth. Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can be used in some different situations. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help to determine the best type of dental implants to suit your needs.

Single Tooth Implants

A single tooth implant is exactly what it sounds like. A single post and a single crown are used to replace a single missing tooth. You can have more than one single tooth implant. The missing teeth can be in different areas of your mouth, or they can even be side by side. No matter where the missing tooth is located, whether it is toward the front of your mouth or hidden from view, it is important that it be replaced.

Multiple Tooth Implants

A multiple tooth implant is also commonly referred to as an implant supported bridge. This type of implant is used to replace two or more missing teeth in a row, replacing a traditional bridge or partial denture. The number of posts that are needed to support your missing teeth depends on several factors, including how many teeth are being replaced and the condition of your jawbone.

Full Arch Replacements

A full arch replacement is also called an implant supported denture. This type of implant is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, taking the place of a traditional full denture. This type of dental implant uses 6 to 8 posts to support your entire arch of teeth, whether the teeth are missing from your upper jaw or your lower jaw. Abutments, or connectors, are attached to the ends of the posts and are designed to provide stability for your new teeth. Your final restorations are screwed into place on the implant posts.

Bar Retained Implants

A bar retained implant, or bar attachment denture is another type of full arch replacement. It is commonly used when your jawbone may not be strong enough to support the necessary number of implants for a regular full arch replacement. This treatment uses only 4 implant posts. After these posts are placed, a titanium bar is attached to them. Your final restorations then clip into place on the bar.

All on 4

The All on 4 treatment concept is another alternative to a regular full arch replacement. Again, this type of treatment is used when your jawbone is not strong enough to support the 6 to 8 implant posts normally required to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. The implant posts are strategically inserted into your jawbone to maximize contact with your existing bone mass, avoiding the need for a bone graft. Two posts are placed vertically at the front of the jaw while the other two posts are placed at a 45-degree angle at the back of the jaw. Your final restorations are screwed into place much like a regular full arch replacement.

Mini Implants

Mini dental implants are a type of dental implant with a much smaller diameter than regular implants. They are often used when you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw although they can also be used to replace teeth in narrow spaces or teeth that are small. Mini implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Rather than a post and abutment, the post has a ball at the end, and your teeth are secured into place with a socket and an elastic O-ring.

Whether you are missing one tooth are many, dental implants can provide you with an incredible long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

The History of Dental Implants

X-Guide used for dental implant placement at Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center Dental implants are a truly unique, revolutionary treatment for replacing missing teeth. Implants involve the use of small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. The posts then provide support for your dental restorations or replacement teeth. Your bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they can hold your teeth securely in place. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we provide implants to meet some different tooth loss needs. While commonly thought to be a modern development, dental implants have a much longer history.

The Earliest Dental Implants

Dental implants have a rather long history dating back several thousand years. They have also been found in different cultures all around the world. The earliest types of dental implants have been found to have been placed after death with the belief that they were placed to make the body more presentable for the afterlife. One of the most intriguing discoveries was the mandible of a young Mayan woman. This mandible was found in 1931. It had carved bone and bits of shell where a tooth should have been. Originally, it was thought to have been placed after death, much like other forms of implants. However, in the 1970s, it was discovered that her bone had begun fusing to the fake tooth, demonstrating that it had been placed in her mouth while she was living.

The Discovery of Osseointegration and Modern Implants

Modern-day dental implants are the result of a discovery made in the 1950s. During this time, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon by the name of Per-Ingvar Brånemark was researching how bones heal and regenerate. At one point, he surgically implanted a piece of titanium into the femur of a rabbit. Later, when he tried to remove the cylinder, he found that the bone had begun fusing to it, and it could not be easily taken out. Brånemark had accidentally discovered the process of osseointegration.

This discovery turned into further research. Over the next few years, he used both animal and human subjects and eventually developed dental implants. The first implants were placed successfully in 1965. Even though surgery was successful, Brånemark did not stop there. He continued his research and development, eventually entering into a partnership with Bofors AB, a company now called Nobel Industries. This company helped him to manufacture and market his products. Later, Bofors AB founded Nobelpharma, now called Nobel Biocare. This company was founded to focus solely on dental implants. Today, over 7 million Brånemark implants have been placed.

The Future of Dental Implants

Even today, more research continues to be conducted with the goal to further improve the reliability of dental implants, their strength, and their success. There is even currently research being done into materials other than the titanium alloy that is already widely used. The goal of developing implants made with alternative materials is to make treatment available to more patients suffering tooth loss.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if they are the best possible solution for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation today.

The Best Materials for Dental Implants

At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we offer dental implants as a solution for replacing your missing teeth. This is an incredible treatment that involves the use of small posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. The bone then fuses with the posts, integrating them into the jaw. The posts essentially become strong, stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. Dental implants provide some substantial benefits over traditional solutions, including greater comfort and the preservation of your jawbone. Most dental implants placed are made from titanium. Today, however, other materials are being researched to make implants available to more patients.

Titanium Implants

Titanium is the original material used for modern implants. Per-Invar Brånemark discovered its use back in the 1950s when he was researching bone healing and regeneration. Eventually, he used it to develop the first dental implants. The first implants were made from pure titanium. This material, however, proved too soft. Eventually, a titanium alloy, titanium with trace amounts of other metals, was developed, greatly improving the strength of the implant posts. The posts have a rough texture, which has helped to greatly improve osseointegration, ensuring greater stability. Titanium dental implants have a 98% success rate.

The Development of Zirconia Implants

Even though titanium has such a high success rate, the material is not ideal for everyone. Some patients have allergies or sensitivities to metal. Other patients may not like the idea of having metal posts implanted into their body. The quest to make implants available to more patients suffering tooth loss has led to research into alternative materials. One of the most promising materials so far is zirconium oxide or zirconia implants.

Zirconia implants are commonly called ceramic implants. They are considered to be a metal-free, although they do contain trace amounts of metal, which are required for strength. The posts, unlike titanium, are white in color. Additionally, your bone fuses to this material just as it would fuse to titanium implants. While still new, the research for zirconia implants is very promising and has shown that this material can be quite successful.

Which Option is Best?

Both titanium implants, as well as zirconia implants, are considered biocompatible. This means that they are well-tolerated by the jawbone and the gum tissue, and they are very unlikely to irritate. Your jawbone can fuse to both materials, a process that turns them into stable roots that are then able to hold your dental restorations securely in place.

Titanium implants have years of research behind them. Because of this, the material is well understood and very predictable. Titanium implants are also very versatile. They are available as one or two-piece posts. Two-piece dental implants allow the posts to be placed at an angle, providing us with greater flexibility while still keeping your dental restorations in perfect alignment.

Zirconia implants are much newer, so the material is not as well understood as titanium. Additionally, zirconia implants are currently only available as one-piece posts. This means that they need to be placed precisely within your jaw. If there is not enough bone mass where the post needs to go, a bone graft may become necessary. However, zirconia implants are white in color, rather than the silver of titanium posts. In the event of gum recession or thin gum tissue, your implants are much less obvious. Zirconia is also considered a metal-free implant, providing a good alternative to those with allergies for, or concerns about, the metal in titanium.

While titanium implants are highly successful, this material is not the best option for everyone. With research into alternative materials, implants can become more widely available. For more information on dental implant materials, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900.

Who is a Candidate?

A Tooth loss is a serious issue that impacts every aspect of your life. Whether you lose a single tooth or several teeth, missing teeth leads to difficulty eating and speaking. Your smile deteriorates, which can significantly affect your confidence. Additionally, tooth loss leads to bone loss in your jaw. This bone loss alters the shape of your jaw, throwing off your bite. Dental implants are a highly popular treatment for replacing missing teeth that use small titanium posts to support your dental restorations. The posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. While dental implants have a very high success rate, it is still important to determine if it is the right treatment for you. Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center is here to help.

You Have Suffered Tooth Loss

Tooth loss has many causes. You may lose teeth as a result of gum disease, facial trauma, or other issues. Sometimes teeth fall out on their own, and sometimes they need to be extracted. Regardless of how a tooth is lost, dental implants can provide you with a long-term solution whether you are missing a single tooth or you are missing many.

Your Health is Good

Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. This surgery requires incisions in your gums and holes drilled into the bone. To undergo surgery, you need to be in good health. During your initial consultation, we perform a thorough oral exam and go over your medical history. Oral health issues such as gum disease need to be treated before getting implants. Chronic health issues need to be under control. Any type of infection or other health concerns can increase your risk for complications, both during surgery as well as during recovery.

You Do Not Smoke or Drink

Tobacco products and alcohol do not disqualify you from getting dental implants, but they can cause serious issues. Tobacco and alcohol can interfere with the ability of your body to heal properly after implant surgery. Tobacco limits oxygen in your blood and slows blood flow. Excessive alcohol consumption can prevent your blood from clotting properly. These habits can greatly slow the ability of your body to heal, which can greatly increase your risk of developing an infection.

Your Jawbone is in Good Condition

Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone. As you heal from surgery, your bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process turns the posts into stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. However, following tooth loss, your jaw begins to lose bone mass. Too little bone mass means that your jawbone may not be able to fuse properly, or at all. This can result in implants that are loose, or that may fail altogether. If your jawbone is determined to be too weak during your initial consultation, we may discuss options such as a bone graft to help restore strength to the jaw to increase the success of your implants.

Does Age Matter?

You are never too old to enjoy the incredible benefits that dental implants have to offer. No matter if you are in your 30s or your 70s, you may be a good candidate for dental implants so long as you meet other requirements. Just because you are in your senior years, that does not mean that your only option for replacing missing teeth is dentures. We can help you to determine if implants are the right solution for you.

If you have suffered tooth loss, dental implants can help to give you back your quality of life. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 to find out if they are the right treatment for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a unique treatment designed to replace missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone to support your dental restorations. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, a natural process called osseointegration. The posts then become roots that hold your restorations securely in place. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we provide dental implants to meet some different tooth replacement needs. While a more invasive treatment, dental implants provide several significant benefits over traditional treatments.

Get Back Your Beautiful Smile

Your dental restorations are made from ceramic. They are designed to look exactly like your real teeth. Additionally, ceramic can be stained and finished to match the color of your natural teeth, and the material reflects light just like natural tooth enamel. Perfectly restoring the appearance of your smile also provides the extra benefit of giving you back your confidence.

Eat All of Your Favorite Foods

After dental implants are placed, your jawbone begins to fuse to the posts. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw, essentially turning them into replacement tooth roots. After you have fully healed, your dental restorations are screwed into place on the posts, and they are held securely in place. Your new teeth will not slip out of place or fall out. You can bite and chew all of your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth shifting around. Moreover, because your abilities to bite and chew are perfectly restored, your digestion and overall nutrition are greatly improved.

Speak Confidently Again

Tooth loss affects your speech, often causing a lisp or other speech difficulties. While dentures restore your ability to speak, it takes time to adjust to speaking with the restoration in your mouth. Dental implants, on the other hand, feel exactly like your real teeth. They perfectly restore your speech without the need to adjust to anything.

Incredible Comfort

One of the biggest complaints about dentures is that they are not often very comfortable. For one, the restoration sits directly on your gums. This creates pressure on the delicate tissues. Not only can dentures cause pressure and restrict blood flow, but they can also slip out of place and rub your gums. This can lead to denture sores, which can be quite painful. With dental implants, your restorations are supported by the implant posts, rather than your gums. This means no pressure on the tissue. Additionally, because your restorations are held securely in place, you do not need to worry about uncomfortable rubbing and sores.

Preserve the Integrity of your Jawbone

While traditional restorations replace many of the functions of your missing teeth, they cannot restore the stimulation lost by your tooth roots. This means that the bone continues to deteriorate under your bridge or dentures. Over time, your restoration needs to be replaced to accommodate your changing bone. Dental implants are the only treatment option that offers the benefit of preserving your jawbone. The posts of the implants stimulate your jawbone, just like the roots of your natural teeth. This stimulation triggers your body to start sending nutrients again. This helps to stop, and prevent, bone loss in your jaw, allowing it to maintain its shape and strength.

With dental implants, you regain the functions of your missing teeth, your smile, and your quality of life. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants are the right solution for you.

Overview of Implant Placement

Losing your teeth is a serious event that causes several significant effects on your life. When you lose your teeth, it is important that they are replaced as soon as possible. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we provide dental implants as a way to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants are a modern treatment, providing you with an incredible alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Small titanium posts are surgically implanted directly into your jawbone. Once the posts are implanted, your bone fuses to them, turning them into stable roots that hold your dental restorations securely in place. Here is what you can expect during your implant placement process.

The Initial Consultation

Before undergoing dental implant surgery, we need to determine that it is the best treatment for you. The consultation also allows us to determine the optimal placement of your implants and if any other treatments are needed before surgery. During this consultation, we go over your medical history to determine if you have any conditions that might affect treatment. We also perform a thorough oral exam. We look over the visible structures of your mouth, looking for signs of decay, gum disease, and other issues. X-ray images are taken to look over the hidden structures of your mouth. With these images, we can determine issues such as bone loss, determining if you need a bone graft before implant placement.

Your Surgical Procedure

On the day of your surgery, you are first provided with a local anesthetic at the surgical sites. The anesthetic prevents you from feeling any pain during the procedure, increasing your comfort. If you are feeling exceptionally nervous, we can also provide you with sedation. Sedation options are discussed during your initial consultation.

Surgery begins with small incisions in your gums. This exposes your jawbone underneath. We then drill holes into your bone by your treatment plan and place the implant posts immediately inside. Your gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.

The Recovery Process

The exact length of your recovery depends on many factors. Typically, the process takes anywhere from several weeks to several months. During this time, your bone gradually fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. Several follow up visits allow us to monitor your healing to ensure that you are healing properly and that there are no issues present. We provide you with specific aftercare instructions following your surgery which will help you to deal with issues such as pain and swelling, what to eat, how to care for your surgical wounds, and when to call the office. Following these instructions will help to make sure that your recovery goes smoothly.

Getting Your Final Restorations

Once you have fully healed from surgery, we then begin the process for placing your final dental restorations. This process generally requires two additional appointments. During the first appointment, we remove the temporary teeth and place the abutments. Impressions are then taken and sent to our dental lab. The lab uses the impressions to custom create your new teeth. At the second appointment, after your restorations have been sent back to the office, we check them for fit and proper bite and then secure them into place with small screws.

While dental implants require a more involved procedure than traditional replacement options, there is an incredible number of benefits involved. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.

After Implant Placement

While a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have quickly become the most popular option, providing several benefits over traditional treatments. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we offer dental implants to meet multiple tooth loss needs. There are many incredible benefits, but the process of getting dental implants is a bit more involved than getting a bridge or dentures. Here is what you can expect after the placement of your implants.

Getting Temporary Teeth

Immediately following the placement of your dental implants, your gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed. These teeth are designed to restore many of the basic functions of your teeth while you heal. Your temporary teeth are tailored to meet your specific needs. There are some types of temporary restorations that are removable, while others are fixed into place.

The Recovery Process

As you recover from dental implant placement, your bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jawbone so that they can provide secure support for your dental restorations. We will provide you with specific aftercare instructions, which tell you how to deal with common post-operative issues, what to eat, and how to properly take care of your mouth. Following these instructions is essential for reducing your risk of complications. The exact length of time it takes to recover from implant placement varies from patient to patient. On average, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to recover completely.

Following the placement of your implants, pain and swelling are common. Pain can often be managed with over the counter or prescription pain relievers. During the first 24 hours after surgery, you can help to minimize swelling with ice packs. After 48 hours, when swelling peaks typically, you can help to bring it down faster with moist heat. During this time, it is important that you limit your activities, avoiding anything strenuous. Eating a well-balanced diet will help to ensure that you get the nutrients you need to recover properly, but you should stick to soft foods in the early stages. As you begin to feel better, you can gradually begin to resume your normal activities and your regular diet.

Potential Complications During Recovery

While following your aftercare instructions is essential for limiting the likelihood of complications, issues can occur. These issues include such things as:

  • Infections.
  • Dry socket. This condition is when a clot becomes dislodged. This is often caused by smoking.
  • Nerve damage to the jaw.
  • Damage to adjacent teeth.
  • Implant failure.

Your Final Restorations

Once you have fully healed from your implant surgery, we can then begin the process of creating and placing your final implant restorations. This process typically takes two appointments. During the first appointment, we remove your temporary teeth and place the abutments or connectors. Next, impressions are taken. These impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are used to custom create your new teeth. Once they are ready, we check them for fit and proper bite before securing them into place with small screws.

Caring for Your Implants

Taking care of your dental implants is important for ensuring that they provide you with optimal function and long-term results. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced, it is still important to brush and floss your teeth every day. While the restorations cannot decay, they can collect plaque and bacteria, which can contribute to gum disease. If gum disease develops and progresses, you could be faced with implant failure. In addition to brushing and flossing, you should also have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year.

How Long Do Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution. With a 95% success rate, they can last a lifetime after they have fully integrated into your jaw. Taking proper care of your mouth will help to ensure the longevity of your replacement teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants and want to find out if this revolutionary treatment is right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 to schedule your consultation today.

Teeth in a Day

When you lose your teeth, several problems occur. One of the most obvious effects is the deterioration of your smile. With your smile affected, your confidence plummets. Tooth loss makes basic tasks like eating and speaking more challenging. In addition to these effects, tooth loss also leads to bone loss in your jaw, an issue that causes the bone to begin changing shape and throwing off your bite. Dental implants are a very popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. However, the typical procedure uses temporary teeth while you heal, creating your final restorations only after you heal. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can eliminate the need for temporary teeth with Teeth in a Day.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a treatment designed to treat tooth loss. This treatment is a modern, revolutionary alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. Implants involve a surgical procedure to place small titanium posts into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. Once fully integrated, the posts are then able to provide secure support for your new teeth.

The Typical Implant Procedure

To receive dental implants, you need to undergo a surgical procedure. This procedure is done under a local anesthetic. Sedation can also be provided if you are feeling anxious. Surgery begins with small incisions in your gums, exposing your jawbone. Holes are drilled into the bone, and implant posts are inserted directly inside. Next, your gums are sutured closed.

Typically, once your gums have been sutured, temporary teeth are placed. These teeth stay in place during your recovery, a process that can take several weeks to several months to complete. During this time, several follow up visits are scheduled to ensure that you are healing properly. Once you have fully healed, the process for creating your final restorations begins. This typically takes two additional appointments. During the first appointment, the temporary teeth are removed to take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are used to design and create your final restorations. Once they are complete, a second appointment is scheduled to check the fit of the restoration and secure it into place.

Replacing Your Teeth in One Day

With Teeth in a Day, we can provide you with your final dental restorations immediately following your implant surgery. With this treatment, the need for temporary teeth and additional appointments is eliminated. However, how do you get your final restorations on the same day as your surgery? Rather than impressions being taken after you have healed, your impressions are taken before your surgery takes place. Specialized software is then used to custom design and create your restorations, which will then be waiting for you when you arrive for your implant procedure. Immediately after your gums are sutured closed, your final restorations are secured onto the posts.

Benefits of Teeth in a Day

Teeth in a Day provide all of the same incredible benefits as regular dental implants. They also have some of their unique benefits, including:

  • No need for temporary teeth.
  • Fewer office visits are required.
  • Patients generally experience less pain and swelling.
  • Healing is typically faster.

With Teeth in a Day, your need for temporary teeth is eliminated and your total treatment time is often shortened. For more information, and to find out if Teeth in a Day is right for you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The human body has an incredible ability to heal itself. Immediately following an injury, the body begins to repair itself, stopping the bleeding and generating new cell and tissue growth. This occurs following an accidental injury or a surgical wound. Following surgery, it is essential that you heal quickly and properly to avoid infections and other complications. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help to speed up the healing process with platelet-rich plasma.

Platelets

Platelets are tiny cells that reside in your blood. These cells are responsible for wound healing. When you are injured, the body triggers a message and platelets travel to the site of the wound. They work to form a clot, which stops bleeding. Platelets also contain growth factors, which work to stimulate new cell and tissue growth.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a product used in medical and dental fields to help speed up the natural healing process in your body while also reducing the risk for infections or other issues. PRP is made using your blood. We concentrate the platelets in a sample of blood, which provides additional platelets at the site of the injury. With more platelets, there are more growth factors to regenerate new cells and tissues.

The Making of PRP

Making PRP is a quick, simple process that can be completed in the same visit as your treatment appointment. We begin by taking a small sample of your blood. This sample is then spun in a centrifuge, which is right in our office. The centrifuge spins very rapidly, separating out the plasma from the red blood cells. After spinning, we remove the plasma layer so that it can be spun a second time. This concentrates the platelets, creating PRP. Once your procedure is over, we can take the PRP and place a thick layer over your sutured injuries. In addition to stimulating new cell and tissue growth, PRP also works as a biological bandage, sealing out bacteria and other debris to protect the wound during healing.

Uses for PRP

PRP has many uses in the field of dentistry and cosmetic surgery, including:

  • Following gum grafting surgery.
  • Repairing fistulas.
  • Following a bone graft surgery, including bone grafts for implants, a sinus lift, or repairing a cleft lip or palate.
  • Repairing bone following facial reconstruction or after the removal of a cyst.
  • eyebrow and scalp restoration
  • skin rejuvenation on the face, neck, and hand

What Benefits Does PRP Offer?

PRP has plenty of incredible benefits.

  • It is convenient. We draw your blood before we begin your procedure. There is no need for an additional appointment.
  • It is affordable. We only require a small sample of your blood. You also do not need to worry about going to a hospital or laboratory preparations.
  • You can heal faster following dental procedures. With a higher concentration of platelets at the surgical site, there are more growth factors, which can stimulate more cell and tissue growth. This helps to speed up your rate of healing.
  • There is a much lower risk of infection. PRP acts like a biological bandage, which seals out harmful bacteria and other debris. Also, with faster healing, there is less risk of bacteria entering the surgical wounds.
  • Using PRP is completely safe. Because we use your blood, there is no risk for disease transmission or other issues that might be associated with using donor blood.

For more information on PRP and just how it can benefit you, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

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Dental Implant FAQ

Losing your teeth has a significant effect on your entire life. Tooth loss makes simple tasks like eating and speaking much more challenging. Difficulties with biting and chewing can impact your digestion and overall nutrition. Your smile suffers, as does your confidence. Losing teeth even affects the health and shape of your jawbone. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we provide dental implants to meet some tooth loss needs.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a unique treatment for replacing missing teeth. With implants, we surgically place small titanium posts into your jawbone. As you heal from surgery, the bone fuses to the posts, a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so they can provide secure support for your dental restorations.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Candidates for dental implants are missing at least one tooth. Because they require surgery, it is important that you be in good overall health. Oral health issues like gum disease need to be treated first. Chronic health conditions need to be well managed. If you smoke, use other tobacco products, or drink, it is recommended that you quit. To determine if treatment is right for you, a consultation is performed during which we go over your medical history and conduct a thorough oral exam.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The exact amount of time it takes for your implant surgery to fully healing from surgery and the placement of your implant restorations depends on many factors. Surgery itself generally takes about 30 minutes to complete. There are many factors that determine your total treatment time, including the number of posts being placed if you need a bone graft first and more. Typically, treatment can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to complete. With a thorough oral exam, we can help to provide you with an estimated total treatment time.

Do Implants Hurt?

Getting implants requires surgery. Surgery is done under a local anesthetic, which helps to prevent discomfort during the procedure. Sedation can also be provided to relieve anxiety. Some pain and swelling are common following surgery. Pain can often be managed using over the counter or prescription pain relievers. This pain should fade over time.

How Much Do Implants Cost?

The exact cost of your dental implants will vary based on several factors. Common factors include if you need a bone graft, how many posts are being placed, the total number of appointments, and more. Today, more and more insurance companies are beginning to provide at least some coverage for dental implants. Check with your insurance provider to see if treatment is covered.

How Long Do Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss. They can be permanent. The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your real teeth, triggering the body to send essential nutrients required for jawbone health. However, it is important that you take care of your implants to ensure their longevity.

How Do I Take Care of My Implants?

Your dental restorations can, and should, be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced, these habits are still crucial. Although ceramic does not decay, it can still collect plaque and bacteria. These substances can irritate your gums, leading to gum disease. Untreated gum disease can compromise the integrity of your dental implants.

What if My Jawbone is Too Weak?

Your jawbone is crucial for the stability of your dental implants. However, after tooth loss, the bone begins to lose mass. This causes the bone to become weak. If the bone is too weak, your jaw cannot properly fuse to the posts. In the event that your jawbone lacks sufficient mass, a bone graft can often be performed to restore strength. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may also be a candidate for the All on 4 treatment concept, which can help to avoid the need for a bone graft.With dental implants, we can help to greatly improve your overall quality of life. For more information, and to find out if you are a candidate, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

The replacement of missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth as well as your quality of life. The most popular treatment option today is dental implants. This revolutionary treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for ceramic restorations. Your bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw and allows them to hold your dental restorations firmly and securely in place. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we offer dental implants for many different tooth replacement needs. While dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss, taking care of them is crucial for ensuring their longevity and your oral health.

The Importance of Implant Care

Taking care of your implants is just as important as taking care of your natural teeth. The restorations, which are made from ceramic, may not develop decay or cavities, but they can still collect plaque and bacteria. The restorations can also chip and fracture just like natural teeth in the event of facial or dental trauma. Plaque and bacteria that have built up on the surfaces of your restorations lead to irritation of your gum tissue. Irritation leads to inflammation, and your gums begin to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth. Pockets form and bacteria fall inside. Bacteria begin attacking your jawbone, causing it to grow weak. When the bone becomes weak, the stability of your implant posts and your dental restorations becomes compromised and can result in implant failure.

Routine Care at Home

As the care of your natural teeth, the care of your dental implants starts at home. It is essential that you continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to help maintain the health of your mouth. Brush for two full minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Use gentle circular motions and be sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and restorations. When you floss, work the floss gently back and forth between each tooth. Clean the sides of every tooth and remember to floss behind your very back teeth. Mouthwash can also be beneficial for removing any loose particles remaining in your mouth while also killing any lingering bacteria. Avoid biting and chewing on food and objects that are hard, such as popcorn kernels, ice, and pens. If you play sports, make sure that you always wear a mouth guard.

Regular Dental Visits

Along with your daily dental care at home, it is important to maintain regular dental visits every six months for professional cleanings and exams. Cleanings help you to maintain your oral health and prevent serious issues from occurring. We can remove all plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris from all surfaces of your natural teeth and your dental restorations. Exams are performed to spot signs of oral health issues in their earliest stages. In addition to spotting decay, cavities and gum disease, we can also spot issues with your implant restorations, such as wear and fractures. With exams, we can then provide you with the treatments you need to prevent more serious complications from arising.

If you have any questions or concerns about the proper care of your dental implants, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 for more information.

Dental Implants Vs Dentures

Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every part of your life. It is caused by some different reasons, including gum disease and facial trauma. No matter how you lose your teeth, no matter if they fall out on their own or they need to be extracted, missing teeth need to be replaced. If you are missing several teeth, or even a full arch, you have a few options with dentures or with dental implants. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we can help you to determine the best treatment to meet your specific needs.

What Happens When I Lose Teeth?

Tooth loss is a serious issue that impacts every part of your life. Effects of tooth loss include:

  • Decreasing the quality of your smile, which can have a significant impact on your confidence.
  • Difficulty biting and chewing, which can also impact your digestion and your overall nutrition.
  • Trouble speaking properly.
  • Your jawbone begins to lose mass and change shape. This affects the alignment of any healthy teeth remaining in the arch as well as the shape of your face.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures have been in use for hundreds of years for replacing missing teeth. Dentures, which are removable, consist of acrylic resin teeth set into a rigid, acrylic base. Made from impressions of your mouth, dentures rest directly on your gums, which provide support for your prosthetic teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth while partial dentures replace sections of missing teeth.

Benefits and Drawbacks to Traditional Treatment

Benefits of dentures include:

  • Appearing more natural. Modern dentures look much more natural and less bulky than older types of dentures.
  • You can eat and speak normally again.
  • Your smile, and your confidence, is restored.

Drawbacks of dentures include:

  • Requiring additional care each night that can become tedious.
  • They are supported by your gums., which can cause discomfort.
  • Slipping out of place or falling out.
  • Your speech may be altered until you relearn how to speak properly.
  • Bone loss still occurs. Your jawbone continues to weaken and change shape. Dentures need to be periodically replaced to ensure proper function and fit.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your dental restorations. As you heal from the surgical procedure, your jawbone gradually fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw and turns them into the roots that hold your new teeth firmly in place. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide several significant benefits, including:

  • Looking, feeling, and working just like your real teeth. Ceramic restorations look exactly like your real teeth, and your speech is perfectly restored.
  • Greater comfort. Your teeth are supported by the titanium posts rather than your gums.
  • Your restorations can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.
  • The titanium posts stimulate your jaw just like your natural tooth roots. This stimulation stops and prevents bone loss in your jaw, helping to maintain its shape and integrity.

While dental implants provide several significant benefits, they also have a few drawbacks as well.

  • Implants require a surgical procedure.
  • Surgery requires a recovery period, which can last several weeks to several months.
  • If you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw, you may require a bone graft first.
  • Implants may fail.
  • Dental implants can be expensive, and they may not be covered by insurance.
    • If you are missing teeth, it is imperative that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Replacing missing teeth restores not only the functions of those missing teeth but your oral health and quality of life as well. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.

The Effects of Tooth Loss

Your teeth perform many important functions every single day. To ensure the health of your teeth, it is essential that you take proper care of them. Taking care of your teeth, and your mouth, involves regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Poor oral hygiene can result in serious oral health complications, including tooth decay and gum disease. Even if you take good care of your mouth, issues like facial trauma can affect your teeth, causing damage like chips and fractures. Gum disease, decay, and severe damage can lead to tooth loss. Whether the teeth fall out on their own or they need to be extracted, tooth loss can have several significant effects on your life. If you have suffered tooth loss, Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center is here to help.

Impact on Your Smile

Your teeth play a critical role in the quality of your smile. One of the most obvious effects of tooth loss is the impact that it has on the quality of your smile, and your confidence. Missing teeth leaves gaps in your smile, which significantly affects your appearance. A smile with gaps in it could impact how others perceive you. Areas of missing teeth could also cause you to become self-conscious, leading you to hide your smile from those around you. While hiding a smile behind your hand might not seem like a significant action, it can relay the message that you lack confidence, and can, therefore, impact the impressions you leave with others.

Difficulties with Eating

Teeth are integral in biting and chewing. They are also important for proper digestion. Losing teeth affects your ability to both of these actions. When you are missing teeth, you might find it difficult, and even impossible, to enjoy many of the foods you once enjoyed with ease. It also becomes more difficult to thoroughly chew your food. Chewing is the first stage of digestion. Your teeth break down the foods you eat so that your body can more easily absorb the nutrients. If you do not thoroughly chew your food, your body cannot access all of the nutrients properly, which can lead to malnutrition.

Trouble with Speech

The teeth are important for controlling airflow when you speak. This allows you to communicate properly and effectively with others. Tooth loss can lead to speech issues such as a lisp. It becomes harder to form certain words and sounds the more teeth you lose. This can lead to communication issues.

The Effects of Tooth Loss on Your Jawbone

There is also a hidden effect of tooth loss. One of the essential, yet often overlooked, roles of your teeth is to provide stimulation for your jawbone. This stimulation tells your body that nutrients are required at the jaw and surrounding areas. When you lose teeth, the bone loses stimulation. The body thinks that fewer nutrients are needed for it begins to send less. This eventually leads to a loss of bone mass in the jaw. The jaw begins to weaken and change shape. This affects the alignment of healthy teeth remaining in the arch. It also impacts the shape of your face. Your facial features loose support, which leads to sagging, sunken skin and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Losing teeth significantly impacts just about every aspect of your life. No matter if you have lost one tooth or several, replacing missing teeth is essential. Call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 for more information and to schedule your appointment.

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Susquehanna Oral and
Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center

1701 Four Mile Drive,
Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (570) 323-1900
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