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Dental Implants Specialist

Brighter Smiles Family Dental

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lebanon, PA

About 178 million adults have one or more missing teeth, and approximately 40 million have no natural teeth at all in America today. Dental implants can permanently restore your teeth, and they look and feel very natural. At Brighter Smiles Family Dental in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Elaine Hoppes-Goroshko, DDS, and the dedicated dental care providers handle implant restorations after your surgeon places the implant fixtures. Use the online booking tool or call the office to arrange your implant consultation now.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. The implant is a titanium post topped by a screw, which is anchored in your jaw. Your Brighter Smiles Family Dental provider attaches the crown or other prosthetic replacement option to the implant. 

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

If you're missing at least one tooth and you'd prefer a permanent replacement, you could be an excellent dental implant candidate. Generally, only adults are good dental implant candidates. An implant placed in a child's jaw that's not finished growing could shift, recede, or develop other issues.

Dental implants candidates need enough jaw strength to support the implant post, so if you have bone loss due to disease or trauma, implants might not work for you. In some cases, bone grafting or other bone restoration procedures can add enough jaw density to support implants. 

Dental implants aren't right for everyone, and if they don't work for you, the Brighter Smiles Family Dental team can recommend alternatives like dentures or bridges.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants look and feel just like your teeth because your Brighter Smiles Family Dental provider designs a personalized crown restoration to fit on top. Some of the other ways dental implants are beneficial include:

  • Restore normal chewing
  • Restore normal speaking
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Help maintain face shape
  • Prevent natural teeth from moving

Dental implants offer incredible longevity, too. In general, dental implants last a lifetime if you take good care of them.

How does the dental implant process work?

The Brighter Smiles Family Dental team coordinates the entire dental implant process. It starts with implant prep, which generally includes tooth extraction, teeth cleaning, periodontal disease treatments, or anything else you need to get ready for the surgery. 

Next, you'll see a local oral surgeon, periodontist, or prosthodontist for implant placement. After implant placement, you'll typically have a healing period of at least a few months. As you heal, your implant post and jaw bond together to give you optimal stability. 

Your Brighter Smiles Family Dental provider designs your implant crown restoration using precise impressions of your mouth. After the dental lab makes your custom crown — a process that can take a few weeks — your provider secures it to your implant, and you're done. 

Book your appointment at Brighter Smiles Family Dental through the online scheduler or by calling the office today.