If you are missing a tooth, come to Dental Health Services in Harrisburg, PA and see if a dental implant is the right solution for you. Dr. Bryan Lauer specializes in restorative dentistry and providing dental implants for patients. Let us help you restore the health and aesthetics of your smile with a dental implant, a long-lasting solution for a missing tooth!
A Permanent Solution for Your Missing Tooth
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the gums to replace the root of the missing tooth. After this procedure, we wait a few months, and during that time, the post will meld with the jawbone. Once this has occurred, we use a crown to restore the function and appearance of the tooth. A dental implant acts and looks just like a normal tooth, and we custom-create the crown to make sure the restoration blends in seamlessly with your smile!
Should I Receive a Dental Implant?
When you have a missing tooth, not only does it affect the aesthetics of your smile, but it also can hurt your oral health. A gap increases your risk of developing gum disease and jaw bone deterioration. Plus, it can make it harder to chew and to speak and can cause the rest of your teeth to shift. A dental implant helps prevent all of the consequences that arise from missing a tooth.
However, only a patient with sufficient jawbone can receive an implant. If your jawbone is weak or small, it will be impossible to insert the titanium post without causing damage. Plus, you need healthy gums. Therefore, Dr. Lauer will work with you to determine if your jawbone and gums can support a dental implant. If not, we can create a bridge or a partial denture.