Dental Implants Complete Your Smile

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Have extractions created smile gaps which mar your oral function and personal appearance? Have you considered how your facial structure actually deteriorates due to tooth loss? If so, why not ask your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, about dental implants, the best tooth replacement option available today? He'll be happy to give you the details.

Dental implants are amazing

That's no exaggeration. Dental implants behave, look and even feel just like natural teeth. A single-tooth implant has three basic parts:

  • A titanium screw or cylinder inserted into the jaw bone by your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist
  • An abutment post made of a durable metal alloy
  • A custom-fabricated porcelain crown which shows above the gums, normalizing chewing and smile appearance

Dental implants may support fixed, multi-tooth bridgework, and full dentures, too, with a process called All-on-4 (specifically, four titanium implants).

Implants strengthen your jaw and more

How do dental implants from your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist do that? The secret lies in a bonding process called osseointegration.

Through this natural phenomenon, human bone adheres to the titanium screw forming a nearly inseparable bond. And, once the surgical site has healed, that bond continues to improve as biting and chewing exert pressure on the implant.

Other tooth replacement options, such as conventional bridges and dentures which set on top of the gums, cannot improve jaw bone quality. So, if you're eligible for the treatment, your implant(s) will deliver:

  • Excellent oral function
  • Clear speech
  • Youthful facial contours and healthy bone and gum tissue
  • Dental aesthetics which are completely realistic

The implant treatment

Dr. Machiko evaluates his implant patients with a complete oral examination, review of medical history and three-dimensional scans. Good overall health is essential to implant success as is sufficient bone in your jaw to anchor your new teeth.

If you qualify, Dr. Machiko performs the entire oral surgery and implant restoration right in the office. The implant placement takes about an hour, and healing/osseointegration takes several weeks. When that's complete, you'll return to the office so your dentist can uncover the implant and bond on the abutment and porcelain crown. All-on-4 dentures proceed on a similar schedule.

Caring for dental implants

Expect your implants to last for the rest of your life, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. To prolong their life, it is important to:

  • Brush and floss as your dentist and hygiene instruct to keep implant sites clean and healthy
  • Get six-month cleanings and check-ups at the office
  • Stop smoking because tobacco usage harms implant sites and may cause implant failure

Learn more

Have a complete smile once again with state-of-the-art dental implants from Dr. Gary Machiko. Contact his friendly office team in Pittsburgh, PA, to arrange your personal consultation with this award-winning dentist. Phone (724) 719-2866.

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