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If you have gaps in your smile, it could affect more than just your appearance and self-confidence. Gaps can cause your teeth to shift and your jawbone to atrophy, causing issues with your bite and even causing sagging facial skin or premature aging in some cases. Luckily, John Sartorio, D.M.D dentist in Pittsburgh, PA can help you fill in your gaps to look and feel great with dental implants. 

What is a dental implant? 

Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root, permanently anchoring into the jawbone underneath your gap to integrate into your smile. Their design and permanence set them apart from traditional tooth replacement options like bridges or dentures. An implant has three main parts: a fixture, an abutment, and a prosthetic. Your dentist implants the fixture directly into the jawbone, allowing the bone to grow around the fixture as the implant site heals to hold it in place. The prosthetic is made from porcelain and looks like a natural tooth. It fits over the fixture to replace the missing tooth. The abutment holds these two parts together and allows your dentist to remove or replace the prosthetic if need be. 

How can my dentist help my smile? 

The teams at John Sartorio, D.M.D are experts in providing their patients with compassionate, professional care. This empathetic approach to dentistry allows your dentists to ensure that patients feel as though their questions are met with friendly and knowledgeable answers and that your dental procedures are the best, most state-of-the-art treatments available. Together with your dentist, you can find the best course of treatment for your smile, whether you need a dental implant to replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth. 

Dental Implants in Pittsburgh, PA

If you think you could benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist will help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to clean them as you would your own teeth. Simple brushing and flossing paired with regular dental examinations and cleanings is plenty to keep your smile healthy and clean for the long haul. 

Types of implants

Various types of implants include full upper and lower, anterior, posterior, and single-tooth:

Full upper replacements

The upper set of teeth is replaced with implants. Procedure steps include:

  • Missing tooth roots are replaced with implants, which are covered under the gum line.
  • A healing period of six months allows implants to take.
  • The implants are uncovered and extensions attached.
  • Replacement teeth are affixed to the implants and extensions.

In some cases, full upper replacements can be removed.

Anterior replacement

Implants are used to replace the front teeth (also called incisors and cuspids). Procedure steps include:

  • Missing tooth roots are replaced with implants, which are covered under the gum line.
  • A healing period of six months allows implants to take.
  • The implants are uncovered and extensions attached.
  • Replacement teeth are affixed to the implants and extensions.

Full lower replacement

The lower set of teeth is replaced with implants. Full lower replacement usually only uses six implants (near the front), which are used to anchor a denture. This obviates the need for denture adhesive.

Posterior replacement

Implants are used to replace the bicuspids and molars (the back teeth). Procedure steps include:

  • Missing tooth roots are replaced with implants, which are covered under the gum line.
  • A healing period of six months allows implants to take.
  • The implants are uncovered and extensions attached.
  • Replacement teeth are affixed to the implants and extensions.

Single tooth replacement

Procedure steps include:

  • Missing tooth root is replaced with an implant, which remains covered under the gum line.
  • A healing period of six months allows the implant to take.
  • The implant is uncovered and an extension attached.
  • Replacement tooth is affixed to the implant and extension

 

Do you want to replace missing teeth?
Call
John Sartorio, DMD in Pittsburgh, PA at (412) 831-8700
to learn how dental implant can help restore your smile!