Dr. Musto

Practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants

920 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 203, Forty Fort, PA 18704

507-283-3611

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that can look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The ability to eat virtually anything is regained. Teeth appear natural and facial contours are preserved, which restores the confidence to smile. The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone fuses to the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

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Dental Implants Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image on the right. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.

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Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Dr. Musto have received extensive training in Implantology and are abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, you will need a clinical and radiographic examination, including a current health questionnaire. A C.T. scan may be required in areas of severe bone loss, anatomical restrictions or full mouth implant placement. During the consultation, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and any insurance questions at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is very limited. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are titanium metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts (abutments) are attached to the implants and provide anchors for the replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. During the first stage, implants are placed within your jawbone. When the procedure is completed, sutures are placed. You will need to be seen seven to ten days after surgery to remove the sutures, evaluate your healing, and review oral hygiene. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and ranges from three to six months. The length of required healing is based on a variety of factors, including bone density and aesthetic considerations.

For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are at or beneath the surface of the gums and gradually fusing with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. Caution must be used when wearing the temporary denture during this time period, excessive forces can cause implant failure. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has fused to the jawbone, the second stage begins. The implants will be uncovered and the attachment of small healing collars completed. At this time, impressions for temporary crowns are taken and posts or attachments are connected to the implants. Temporary teeth replacements are then placed over the posts or attachments. Any necessary gum tissue grafts will be completed. Then, your general dentist will be able to start making your new long term teeth restorations. The entire procedure usually takes six to twelve months on average. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.