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Dental Implants - Lehigh Valley

Fill in the Gaps For Good

 

Dr. Salivonchik crafts custom dental solutions for every single patient in need. If you have one or more missing teeth, he may recommend state-of-the-art dental implants. A periodontist places the implants, and Dr. Salivonchik creates and places custom-made replacement teeth on top of them. This collaboration ensures that our patients receive the highest level of care that we can provide. As our patient, you’ll enjoy our undivided attention before, during, and after your smile’s transformation. In the end, it will seem like your teeth were never missing in the first place! To schedule a consultation and learn more about what dental implants could do for you, contact us today.

Why Choose S. John Salivonchik, D.M.D., P.C. for Dental Implants?

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants will improve your smile’s appearance, comfort, and function. You won’t experience the jawbone loss that occurs when teeth are missing, and you needn’t worry about embarrassing slippage that sometimes accompanies traditional replacement teeth methods. Many patients report that they look younger with dental implants, due to the support provided to facial skin and muscles.

Indications for Dental Implants

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One of the best parts about dental implants is that they are so versatile. Dr. Salivonchik can use them to reliably replace any number of teeth for your particular situation:

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Missing One Tooth

Unlike with a traditional bridge, in which a replacement tooth is secured using crowns on the adjacent teeth, a single dental implant crown can be positioned between two healthy teeth without affecting them at all, better preserving someone’s natural smile.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

For patients missing teeth throughout the mouth, multiple dental implant crowns can help close the gaps. If a patient has a gap due to consecutive missing teeth, just two implants can be used to support a prosthetic that restores up to four teeth, providing a more efficient and affordable solution.

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Missing All Your Teeth

Even a full or partial denture can be held in place using dental implants to help patients missing several teeth. Because the prosthetic is attached to the jawbone, patients don’t have to worry about their prosthetic shifting unexpectedly. Plus, implant-retained dentures have also been shown to maintain their fit for much longer compared to traditional ones.

Dental Implant Placement & Restoration

After a thorough evaluation to determine your candidacy for dental implants – including the use of advanced technology to assess jaw structure and measure bone density – our implant team will map out each step in your smile’s restoration. Some patients require bone or sinus grafting to alter bone structure prior to implant surgery, as well as general dentistry services to improve oral health. No matter your needs, Dr. Salivonchik and our periodontist will ensure you receive the care you need.

Dr. Salivonchik will assess whether to wait until osseointegration occurs (the 3-month to 6-month process during which your jawbone fuses with the implant posts) to place your replacement teeth, or whether you qualify for immediate attachment of your prosthetic(s). Regardless of the process for which you qualify, you’ll never be without teeth during the dental implant process.

Partners with the Best

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To begin the dental implant process, our periodontist places one post for each missing tooth or a few precisely positioned in the jawbone to secure a denture, partial, or bridge. Dr. Salivonchik designs your custom replacement teeth, and a skilled artist at a highly respected dental lab fabricates the final restorations.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Every dental implant treatment is fully customized based on a patient’s unique needs, so as a result, there is no fixed price for the procedure. Factors such as how many implants a patient is receiving, what kind of restoration is needed, and any necessary preparatory procedures can all influence the final cost. So, how much will it cost YOU to get dental implants? We can let you know at a one-on-one consultation where we can answer this and any other questions you might have.

While dental implants can be a significant investment, they often end up costing patients less compared to traditional bridges and dentures. Why? Largely because of their longevity. With a regular restoration, a patient will have to pay to have it replaced multiple times over the years, but with implants, they are often just a onetime cost, able to last for the rest of a patient’s life with maintenance.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants in the Lehigh Valley is an excellent investment; however, it’s normal to have several questions before you’re ready to commit to the procedure. Dr. Salivonchik will explain each phase of your treatment and address your concerns. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear regarding dental implants.

Can I get dental implants if I have periodontal disease?

Although gum disease is preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. It can be treated in the early stages without causing any long-term damage. Unfortunately, it often goes undetected until it causes irreversible complications, like tooth loss.

If you’ve lost teeth from gum disease, you are not a candidate for dental implants until after the infection has been treated. The long-term success of dental implants relies on your jaw’s ability to support the posts and remaining infection-free. As a result, you will need additional treatments before your placement surgery, like bone grafting or periodontal therapy.

Am I too old for dental implants?

Age isn’t necessarily a determining factor for your candidacy for dental implants. As long as you’ve finished growing, age doesn’t matter when it comes to replacing your missing teeth. Instead, Dr. Salivonchik bases his decision on several other requirements, such as your oral health and lifestyle habits.

Does it hurt to get dental implants?

The process of replacing your missing teeth with dental implant will require an oral surgery. Don’t worry, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort while the posts are inserted into your jawbone because sedation or anesthesia is used.

You can expect there to be some discomfort during the recovery, but most patients say it isn’t any worse than having a tooth extracted. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to make yourself more comfortable during the recovery process.

Can dental implants fail?

Dental implants have a very high success rate, but they can fail. Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%. Most often, it’s the result of an infection called peri-implantitis. It is like gum disease, so it can destroy your oral structures, including those that support your dental implants.

Thankfully, there are several things you can do to lower your risk of implant failure, such as:

Even with the best prevention, a complication can still arise. If you experience any pain, swelling, or a feeling that the implant is loose, contact our office right away. Dr. Salivonchik will get to the root of the problem to save your smile.

If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask during your initial consultation. Dr. Salivonchik will ensure you’re confident in your decision to rebuild your smile.

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