Affordable Dental Solutions Offers High Quality Chester County Dental Implants
Our goal is to make our patients’ quality of life better with affordable implants and implant overdentures, as well as educating patients about the importance of implants for maintaining both the upper and lower jaw bones.
Your jaws exist to hold teeth into place, and when teeth are lost, the bone shrinks away. This continues over time and can make it difficult to properly fit dentures. Implants stop the bone shrinking in your jaw, thereby maintaining your ability to eat and speak, and the entire support system for your lower face.
If you’re looking for Chester County implants, we offer packages that include the implants, ball abutments and a stable denture. Four implants per arch are needed at a minimum, and we often place more implants without increasing the price tag simply because that’s in your best interest. Each and every case is thoroughly evaluated to assess factors such as cosmetic requirements and overall goals. We won’t do anything that affects the quality of your implants just to save a few bucks - our goal is to ensure long-term success of your dental restoration.
For your Chester County implants needs, your options include overdentures for the lower or upper jaws that are removable or hybrid (fixed but can be removed by our dentist). We can even offer a temporary fixed denture during the healing phase.
In addition, our dental implant dentist is highly trained in bone grafting procedures, sinus lifts, extractions, denture fabrication, cosmetics, and more. Always expect transparency, honesty, and respect - our team is dedicated to delivering the same level of care that we’d offer our own family.
Multiple tooth replacement
Implants can be used to replace several teeth, which eliminates the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth for traditional crown and bridge therapy. The implants are placed in the bone under the gum tissue. Temporary abutments are sometimes placed on the implants until healing is complete. After healing, the abutments are attached to the implants. Then, they hold a custom-made bridge that the dental lab molds and matches to your teeth.
In the final step, the custom bridge is cemented onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.
Implant-retained prosthesis (removable)
If all of your lower teeth are missing, two or more implants can be used to support a lower denture. If your upper teeth are missing, four or more implants can be used to support an upper denture.
The implants are positioned just below the gum tissue and given time to fuse with the bone. Temporary abutments may be placed on the implants until the healing phase is complete. Your existing denture can be modified so that it can be worn without disturbing the implants during the healing process.
The new denture will have attachments which snap or clip it into place. Your new teeth are firmly supported by the jaw, stimulating it and halting bone loss. You will be able to remove the denture easily for cleaning.
Implant-Supported Prosthesis (Fixed)
If all of your lower or upper teeth are missing, a permanent bridge may be attached directly to the implants. The number of implants is determined by the specific requirements of each case.
The implants are positioned just below the gum tissue and given time to fuse with the bone. Temporary abutments may be placed on the implants until the healing phase is complete. Your existing denture may be modified so that it can be worn without disturbing the implants during the healing process.
You will be fitted for a custom bridge that will be cemented directly onto the implants.
Your new teeth are firmly supported by the jaw, stimulating it and halting bone loss. Your dentist will be able to remove the prosthesis when necessary for cleaning and maintenance.
Are Dental Implants right for you?
Generally if you are in good oral health, you will be a candidate for dental implants. It is necessary to have sufficient bone in your jaw to hold the implant. A CT scan is taken to determine the amount of bone in your jaw. Your dentist will help you determine if implants are best for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the ideal way to replace missing teeth and to ensure proper support for a full or partial denture. Dental implants are replacement teeth that will look and feel just like your natural teeth. They can be placed into the upper or lower jaw to permanently replace your missing teeth.
What is the procedure for Dental Implants?
At your first surgical visit, the implant or implants will be placed into your jaw bone. Four to six months must pass before the restoration phase can begin. This time will ensure the implant has integrated to the bone.
When your implant is ready to be restored, a small piece called an abutment is placed on top of the implant. A porcelain tooth that looks and feels like your natural teeth is then attached to the abutment. The total time from start to finish for an implant is anywhere from four to twelve months depending on your jaw and healing.
It is possible to place multiple implants or single implants and immediately attach needed teeth to ensure you will never be without teeth.
Planmeca Imaging Solution
We want you to receive the best dental care possible, and that’s why we invested in the latest technology in dental diagnostics.
- Lowest radiation possible
- Quick, easy and comfortable scan of the mouth, face and jaw
- Immediate virtual diagnosis and treatment planning in one visit
- More security and less time during surgery
- Allows patients to understand their treatment with greater clarity and accuracy.
Guided Implant Surgery
The placement of each implant is important when doing full mouth restorations and individual implants. We make sure that the biting forces are directed along the long axis of the implant to prevent extra stress from off-angle forces; this gives the implant itself a better long term prognosis as well as the crown, bridge, or denture. Using a surgical guide is an excellent way to ensure that each implant is placed exactly where we intend it to be. To make each custom surgical guide, a 3-D image is reviewed with our implant lab and the implants are virtually placed within this image. Our implant lab then fabricates a “stent” (or guide) that will snap onto your teeth securely, and this stent guides the implant placement to exactly where it was planned in all three dimensions. Having a surgical guide is particularly useful for full arch cases and for patients who have a limited amount of bone in the area. Our doctors will review each case individually and recommend surgical stents as needed. http://www.mcenterusa.com/mguide.htm
Permanently cemented Bridgework
(Starting at $15K for the lower, 18K for the upper)
For patients who don’t like to take their teeth out at night and who like the more natural appearance of porcelain, this is an excellent treatment option. It begins with at least 5 implants for the lower or at least 7 implants for the upper. After healing and several phases of cosmetic try-ins to ensure the patient loves their smile, a metal framework bridge with porcelain teeth is permanently cemented onto the implants. Advantages to this method of restoration are that it has a more realistic appearance, it is never removed, and it has excellent chewing efficiency. If any chips occur in the porcelain, they can easily be repaired in most cases by simply preparing that tooth to receive a porcelain crown, much like you would do on a natural tooth. The porcelain fused to metal bridge requires more support, so we plan accordingly with number and size of the implants we use to create the structure.
Implant-Supported Fixed Dentures
(starting at $20k lower, 22k upper)
If you don’t have enough bone to support the number of implants required for a permanently cemented bridge, but still desire teeth that don’t come out at night, you may be a candidate for this option. The lower jaw requires 4-5 implants and the upper jaw 4-6 implants. The final restoration after healing is made out of acrylic like a conventional denture, but it isn’t extended nearly as far along the tissue as a normal denture. Also, it contains a titanium bar that is then screwed into the implants themselves. This type of restoration can be removed by the doctor but not by the patient, so it can be removed for repairs but not on a daily basis for cleaning. A definite advantage to this option is that it allows patients to have non-removable teeth with fewer implants or less stress to the implants. A nightguard should be worn by these patients to decrease the wear to the acrylic teeth and the stress to the acrylic substructure.
Options while Healing
All three of the above final restoration options can either have a healing period that consists of wearing a conventional full denture OR a non-removable temporary denture. A screw-retained temporary requires a certain bone density and a patient without severe bite forces, and the patient is placed on a soft diet for several months to protect the implants as they heal. This treatment involves slightly more risk to the implants themselves and also involves an increase in fee. A common treatment that helps alleviate cost and also keeps risk to a minimum is to have a conventional healing denture for the upper jaw and a screw-retained temporary denture on the lower.
Extractions, Bone grafting
If extractions are required, or if the amount of bone is insufficient for implant placement without additional grafting, or if there is extensive infection to be managed, the length of treatment time may increase and there may be additional fees. We will not compromise treatment that we hope will last 30 years because we want to save 3 months of healing time!
A Replacement for Denture Adhesive
For current denture wearers who are tired of using adhesive but are otherwise happy with their dentures, there is an option to place several implants to help “tack” down the denture. Two or more implants in the lower and four or more implants in the upper jaw are placed, allowed to heal, and then the current denture is modified so that it will snap onto the implants. The end result gives you confidence without adhesive, but doesn’t differ greatly from the denture experience with which they are familiar. The other added benefit is that the bone around the new implants will recede at a significantly slower rate than the jawbone of a conventional denture wearer. Cost: starting at $2999