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Dental Implants – York, PA

An Ideal Solution for Completely Replacing Teeth

While the immediate impact a missing tooth will have on your appearance and your ability to chew is obvious, it can be easy to overlook the consequences that the jawbone will suffer once the roots that provided it with stimulation are gone. The body will believe that the area is no longer needed and allow the bone to break down. To avoid this issue, Dr. Cyriac is pleased to offer dental implants as a solution for replacing the entire tooth structure and keeping your smile whole. If you have an empty space that needs to be filled or dentures that need an upgrade, call York Smile Care today to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants in York, PA.

Man with dental implant replacement teeth smiling

Why Choose York Smile Care for Dental Implants?

  • Get Teeth in a Day
  • Sedation Dentistry Available
  • Entire Implant Procedure Performed Under 1 Roof

What Is a
Dental Implant?

Animated natural tooth and dental implant supported replacement tooth

An implant is a metal post that has been surgically positioned in the jawbone in order to support a dental prosthetic. The post is placed directly in the jawbone and is hidden by the gums as well as the false tooth or teeth it supports. The goal of implants is to give your new teeth stable support; when they’re anchored to the post, they won’t slip or shift in your mouth when you try to chew food or speak.

Benefits of
Dental Implants

Woman sharing smile after dental implant tooth replacement
  • Improved Overall Health: Implants can be surgically inserted into the jaw without making changes to natural teeth, and they help maintain a strong, healthy jawbone.
  • Natural Look and Feel: The restoration will be designed to resemble real teeth as closely as possible, and the implants will make them feel like they’re a natural part of your mouth.
  • Improved Function: Dentures attached to implants won’t slip and cause you to slur your words, and they can be used to chew all your favorite foods as well.
  • Boosted Confidence: Many patients with implants find it much easier to smile and have improved self-esteem after the procedure is completed.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Man sharing healthy smile after dental implant tooth replacement

Your gums need to be free of infection, and your jaw needs to have enough bone density to carry an implant post. As long as you meet these requirements, you should be eligible for dental implant surgery. The process can change somewhat depending on how many teeth you’ve lost.

Missing One Tooth

Animated implant supported dental crown

A single gap can be filled with one dental implant. A dental crown will serve as your new tooth; it will be custom designed so that it matches the color of your other teeth and fits perfectly in the empty space. Keep in mind that it will take some time after implant surgery before the restoration itself is placed. The implant won’t be ready to bear the load of a crown until it has fully fused with the surrounding bone.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated implant supported fixed bridge

We can replace any number of teeth with implants, but the approach we take can change depending on where the empty spaces are located. If you’ve lost teeth in two different locations, you’ll naturally need an implant and crown for each of them. However, if three or more missing teeth were all next to each other before they came out, they can all be replaced at once with a pair of implants and a dental bridge.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated implant supported dental crown

Traditional dentures rely on the suction between their acrylic base and your gum tissue to stay in place. That means they may not fit properly if your mouth changes shape as time goes by. You can get four or more dental implants to act as roots for your dentures, ensuring that they’ll stay in place. Some implant-retained dentures are removable, but in many cases, they’ll simply remain in your mouth at all times where you can easily brush and floss them.

All-on-4/ Teeth-in-a-Day

Animated all on 4 dental implant denture placement

Teeth-in-a-Day or Same Day Teeth is a great option if you have failing dentition or missing numerous teeth or no teeth at all and wearing an ill-fitting denture and suffering from it. After thorough examination and CBCT scan study depending on bone volume Dr. Cyriac will place 4 to 6 implants per arch and a fixed dental bridge is screwed on to the implants on the same time/day. With the All-on-4 approach, you can enjoy a complete smile on the same day as the surgery. By placing the four implants at specific angles so that they fuse with the areas of the jaw where the density is highest, they’ll be able to support an entire arch right away.

All-on-6 Dental Implants

Aniamted all on 6 dental implant denture placement

All-on-6 dental implants are similar to All-on-4 implants, accept 6 implants are placed in the jaw instead of 4. Dr Cyriac recommend this depending on availability of bone volume, this more implants increased strength to the arch of teeth being placed. Precise planning needs to be done to position the implants correctly for the optimum fit. Once they are placed, the teeth are then mounted on the implants. The first set of teeth are generally provisional while the implants are healing and fuse to the bone. Permanent option usually done any time after 6 months. The teeth are strong and natural-looking and feel natural.

Start to Finish Convenience

Model dental implant supported denture

Dental implants are meant to last a long time – potentially the rest of your life. For such an important procedure, you need to be able to turn to an expert that you know you can trust. Dr. Cyriac has placed more than 2000 implants and uses advanced technology such as a 3D CBCT scanner to make the surgery as precise as possible. As such, he can place and restore your implants under one roof without sending you to a separate specialist.

The Dental Implant
Process

Dental team member working on denture

At York Smile Care, we take a thorough history and perform a comprehensive clinical exam and take digital X-rays before performing dental implant placement. Optimum health of the jawbone is essential for the success of dental implants in the future. However, our experts can perform a specialized procedure of artificial bone grafting before dental implant placement if deemed necessary. Profound local anesthesia will be given before starting the surgical procedure. The whole process will take place half an hour, and your mouth will need a few months to recover afterward. Socket bone will develop a connection with the dental implant during this time frame.

The second appointment will involve taking digital X-rays to confirm implant success. An impression of the area will be taken for the fabrication of the dental crown prosthesis for replacing the natural tooth’s crown. Dental implants have an excellent success rate. These provide a natural feeling due to their fixed nature and transmission of sensations to surrounding soft tissues and bone just like natural teeth. These promote the growth of new bone and help in speech, eating, and chewing food.

Bone
Grafting

Animated bone graft visible in gum line

To improve the odds of a successful implant procedure, it may be necessary for us to add some bone density to the jaw if it has deteriorated due to tooth loss, gum disease, or injury. If we place bone tissue taken from another part of your body into your jaw, the surrounding bone will start to regrow. After a few months, it should be possible to perform the implant surgery as long as the mouth has completely healed.

Sinus
Lift

Animated sinus lift bone graft process

A sinus lift is a very special kind of bone graft performed at the position of the molar and premolar teeth in your upper jaw. In addition to adding bone density, the procedure is meant to lift the sinus membrane so that there’s enough room for the grafting material as well as the implant post. We may suggest a sinus lift if your upper jaw has deteriorated, but sometimes, it may be necessary if you simply have a large sinus cavity or a thin jawbone.

Platelet
Rich Fibrin

blood platelets

At York Smile Care, Dr. Cyriac uses PRF for most of his bone grafting and sinus lift procedures. Platelet Rich Fibrin (or PRF) is a derivative of the patient’s own blood. Blood is rich in platelets, and it contains growth factors which helps in wound healing and tissue generation. This property of PRF helps in faster wound healing and bone regeneration. We draw a small amount of your own blood(20 to 60cc) and before it coagulates immediately centrifuged for about 10 minutes which separates the platelets and red blood cells. This procedure helps accelerate overall healing, as well as helps the success of bone grafting and tissue regeneration at the surgery site.

3D CBCT Scans for Implant Placement

3 D C B C T scanner for guided dental implant placement

Successful dental implant surgery relies on very careful placement of the dental implant posts in the ideal spot. To aid this process, Dr. Cyriac will use dental cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT for short. It creates a 3D image of the mouth that provides us with far more information about the teeth, jawbone volume, sinuses, and nerves than a regular X-ray could. This also helps us identify potential complications so that we can avoid them.

Understanding
the Cost of
Dental Implants

Older man checking in at front dental office for dental implant tooth replacement

Will you need one implant or several? What kind of restoration is needed? Are you getting traditional implant-retained dentures, or do you want to undergo the All-on-4 procedure? Will bone grafts or a sinus lift be necessary? These questions and more need to be asked before we can figure out the final cost of your dental implants. When considering price, it’s helpful to remember that implants are a long-term investment in extremely durable, high-quality new teeth.