Dental Implants

illustration of osseointegrated dental implants in boneDental implants are the first choice for dental care. This “Dental Implants Q and A” answers common questions.  Read this guide to dental implants for patients with missing teeth.

Learn about dental implants and treatment at Pi Dental Center.

  • What are dental implants?

Osseointegrated dental implants are effective in over ninety-six percent of all patients treated. Pi Dental Center is one of the leading centers for implants in the United States. 

A natural tooth comprises a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum). The root in the jawbone actually holds the natural tooth in place. An implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Titanium is clearly the most compatible with our human body and proven choice for implants. We place the implant in the upper and lower jaw’s bone and functions as an anchor for the replacement tooth. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge, or overdenture just like roots hold natural teeth in place.

Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto the remaining natural teeth. They may support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many or all of their teeth.

With over a quarter-century of clinical success, Swedish and American research has proven that the Brånemark System® is a viable solution for the replacement of missing teeth.

  • Dental implant experience

What to Expect

There are usually two things that stand between a patient and a new smile with dental implants. One is making the financial investment, and the other is fear of the unknown.

The Pi Dental Center is dedicated to removing fear from the dental implant procedure. Our board certifies prosthodontists begin by providing as much information as possible to our prospective patients via our online presence, our printed materials, and our knowledgeable telephone staff.

Walking through our glass doors, every patient considering a dental implant procedure should feel a sense of welcome and confidence that is uncharacteristic of most healthcare facilities. Step one is to remove all uneasiness.

Your First Visit to Pi

The first visit is a comprehensive examination of the teeth, including radiography and “impressions” (which create stone models of your teeth). The doctor will design an ideal customized treatment plan for your dental implant procedure and usually at least one viable alternative. We will present this plan to the patient in a written document during this appointment or at the patient’s convenience on another date. A staff member will thoroughly explain the plan and answer all questions.

There is no time limit on this initial visit. The more you understand, the better our relationship will be.

Your Second Visit Is the Life Changer!

If the patient elects to pursue dental implant care, the next appointment is the Teeth in a Day® experience. Every patient leaves this appointment with attractive, non-removable temporary teeth. The length of this visit depends on the number of implants placed and the complexity of the placement; however, an average procedure runs 2 to 3 hours, including the placement of the teeth on the implants. The recent development of the AvaDent® fully milled monolithic provisional prosthesis now adds additional strength to the temporary implant-supported teeth.

Most patients choose to have the implants surgically placed with local anesthesia (awake), but for those who prefer to sleep through the procedure, we provide the services of a first-class general anesthesia team.

The staff will be ready with ice packs to reduce the degree of facial swelling after surgery and will carefully explain the healing “tips” for quick recovery. Most post-operative discomfort from the dental implant procedure is because of swelling, so patient cooperation with ice minimizes the impact.

Some patients go back to work the next day and never miss a beat. Others like to see it through with rest and pampering for several days. Normally, we schedule a brief appointment one week after the dental implant procedure to remove sutures; most patients are completely comfortable by this visit.

All Comfortable From Here

The next phase involves no appointments unless a patient inadvertently breaks a temporary tooth or develops an unexpected complication. The titanium implants bond to the natural bone and form the solid roots that will accept the permanent teeth. This process takes from 3 to 5 months and is pain free. We scheduled your oral hygiene exam and cleaning appointment midway through the 3 month healing period. During this visit, the hygienist cleans the provisional teeth and instructs you on effective home care oral hygiene techniques.

Once the implants have fused to the bone, a completely diagnostic visit is scheduled. This visit may be lengthy, but it is also pain-free. It allows the doctor and the laboratory time to design each minute detail of what will become the final smile. The temporary teeth are then reapplied and the lab goes to work to create the masterpiece.

The Final Smile

Approximately six weeks later, the patient is scheduled for the delivery of the final teeth. Replacing the temporary teeth with a permanent smile is quick and painless.

It is more about the face in the mirror, the cameras flashing, and the rejoicing at the end of the journey. Nothing is left but to flash the solid, healthy, confident smile that often changes a whole life. Future appointments are simply for routine check-ups and regular hygiene maintenance.

It should be noted that at Pi Dental Center, everything happens under one roof with the same team for all phases of your dental implant procedure. We have served thousands of dental implant patients from across the globe. Our center is one of its kind.

More “Dental Implant Q and A”

Laboratory technology allows us to create each new smile with extraordinary sensitivity, customization, and detail. Without a doubt, our doctors and technicians take pride in their ability to build smiles distinctively suited to each face and personality.

Call Pi Dental Center to learn more about treatment options, schedule an appointment. We hope this Dental Implant Q and A has been helpful.

Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA