Kingston, PA, patients ask, “Where can I find dental implants for my missing teeth?”
While losing a tooth as a child is a fun, picture-taking moment, tooth loss as an adult often causes patients to feel self-conscious and can have serious oral health impacts. Dr. Stephen Lawrence and Dr. Jordan Simon from the Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, PA, have helped countless patients understand their tooth replacement options, including dental implants. They address many common questions and help patients feel more confident about replacing missing teeth.
Why do adults lose their teeth?
We may think that our permanent teeth will last forever, but tooth loss can be caused by several factors, including:
- Tooth decay – A cavity that goes undetected and untreated won’t get better. Instead, it will continue to damage your tooth. As the damage increases, it becomes harder to treat with a filling. When a tooth is severely damaged, a dentist may recommend extraction.
- Gum disease – Advanced gum disease can cause a breakdown of the gums that support your teeth, causing them to become loose.
- Accident or trauma – Accidents can happen to the most careful dental patients. Teeth can be broken or damaged after biting into something hard, like ice or sourdough pretzels. They can also be impacted by a fall, a car accident, or an injury that involves the mouth.
How can I replace my missing tooth?
There are many options for tooth replacement, including dentures, crown and bridge appliances, and implants. Each treatment has advantages and can be used for one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or a complete arch of upper or lower teeth. Patients who want a nearly permanent solution often opt for implants.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is inserted through the gum into the jawbone. A replacement tooth, or crown, is attached to the top of the implant, giving patients both the look and function of a natural tooth.
Do dental implants hurt?
The dental implant process will require several trips to the dentist over several months. However, each step of the process is performed using local anesthesia so that patients remain comfortable.
Are dental implants expensive?
A consultation with your dentist will be required to understand the investment needed for dental implants. At Lawrence Dental, each patient is provided with a customized treatment plan that considers your budget, lifestyle, and timeline.