Dental Implants – Washington, PA
Rebuild Missing Teeth for Life
Lost teeth can result in much more than an off-balance smile – it can negatively impact oral health, damage self-confidence, and even reduce a person’s overall quality of life. At Bartusiak Dental Care, we’d like to introduce struggling patients to a solution that’s truly state-of-the-art: dental implants. Dr. Bartusiak has decades of experience in the specialty field of implant dentistry, and he will take the time to ensure lasting success for your revitalized smile through this modern service. Interested in a consultation? Don’t hesitate to contact us in Washington, PA.
Why Choose Bartusiak Dental Care for Dental Implants?
- Dr. Bartusiak Has Taught Implant Dentistry for 20+ Years
- Surgical Implant Placement & Restoration in One Convenient Location
- Experience the Latest in Digital Technology
Benefits of Dental Implants
At Bartusiak Dental Care, we believe that dental implants have several advantages over traditional methods of tooth replacement. With dental implants, there is no irritation to surrounding teeth or soft tissue. There is no interference with speech. Best of all, there is no risk of the implant “slipping out” like with dentures, which allows patients to eat whatever they want (within reason – even real teeth should never crunch down on jawbreakers). Dental implants also have the added benefit of helping to prevent jawbone deterioration, which can lead to many other problems, including further loss of dentition.
Dental implants look, feel, and function like real teeth. They are surgically placed permanently where the missing tooth was, where they require basically the same day-to-day dental hygiene that regular teeth do. Furthermore, almost anyone can have dental implants – the main requirement is adequate jaw bone density for the metal rod portion of the implant. A natural-looking customized crown is placed atop the rod, which is the visible portion of the dental implant.
Indications for Dental Implants
If you’re missing one or more teeth, then there are a number of ways you can deal with it. The easiest thing to do is just ignore it, but we don’t recommend that. When you’re missing a tooth, you’re more likely to get gum infections and your teeth are going to gradually shift towards the empty space. To maintain the health and aesthetics of your remaining teeth, we strongly recommend having your missing tooth/teeth replaced. The most effective way to accomplish this is with dental implants. Here are just some of the ways we can go about it:
Missing a Single Tooth
If only one tooth has been lost, an individual implant can be comfortably paired with an all-ceramic dental crown. Unlike traditional bridges, this reconstructive technique won’t hurt the health of surrounding natural teeth – instead, the new “tooth” slides right into place without trouble.
Missing Multiple Missing Teeth
All-ceramic dental crowns can also be paired with multiple implants throughout the mouth to provide effective, lasting coverage. Alternatively, an implant-retained dental bridge can work well for big gaps that consist of several missing teeth. Dr. Bartusiak will place two implants – one on either side of the gap – and then anchor the lifelike prosthetic in place over them for optimal fit and function.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Contrary to popular belief, patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth can still be great candidates for dental implants. Dr. Bartusiak can pair a small number of strategic implants with a full, implant-retained prosthetic that provides reliable, cost-effective coverage throughout the mouth. These dentures can be permanently fixed in place so that they feel just like natural teeth, or they can be left removable so that patients who are used to traditional dentures can feel more comfortable.
Instead of having to travel to separate specialists for each different stage of the dental implant procedure, why not stay comfortable and cut down on time right here at Bartusiak Dental Care? Dr. Bartusiak has been surgically placing and restoring implants for many years now, and his proven track record of success will serve your smile well throughout each stage of treatment. Our goal is to not only meet your needs, but exceed them as well with the exceptionally high level of clinical detail and skill you deserve.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
One of the questions our team hears most from patients regarding dental implants is “how much is this going to cost me?” This is completely fair to ask, and we want you to feel confident regarding your future treatment from the get-go. Keep in mind that every patient’s dental implant needs are different and that there are lots of components that go into this type of complex treatment. For instance, there’s the surgical placement of the implant(s), the type of restoration created, the possible addition of an abutment (connector), and more. After undergoing a dedicated dental implant consultation with Dr. Bartusiak, we can provide a much more confident price estimate.
While dental implants may seem like a significant investment of time and cost at first, they are designed to last for several decades or even the rest of a patient’s life! They also likely won’t require costly repairs or replacements like more traditional services, which means they’ll pay for themselves before too long.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
If you’re considering dental implants, you may be curious about certain aspects of the procedure or how they will affect you. Dr. Bartusiak wants all his patients to feel confident in their investment and new smile, which is why he has provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Washington. Keep reading to get the information you need to start your journey toward a strong, beautiful, and healthy smile!
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
After learning about dental implants, you may be wondering if they’re right for you. This tooth replacement is incredibly popular, but there are ideal candidates. Implant patients will typically have a commitment to good oral healthcare, a strong enough jawbone to accommodate implants, and of course, they’re missing at least one tooth. However, those who are routine tobacco users or have uncontrolled diabetes may not be ideal candidates for dental implants. The best way to know if this treatment is right for you is to visit Dr. Bartusiak for a consultation. After carefully examining your smile, he’ll be able to make the proper recommendation.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One of the reasons why dental implants have become the new standard for tooth replacement is their longevity. With proper care, dental implants can last for 30 years, or even a lifetime. The biocompatible titanium allows the implants to fuse with your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your body. This osseointegration process is what helps implants last for so long, and it’s also why patients can enjoy a firm and stable smile.
Does the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?
Many patients hear about the dental implant process and automatically assume that it’s painful due to the surgery aspect. However, Dr. Bartusiak, an expert dentist in Washington, ensures that all of his patients are numb and relaxed before beginning. He even offers sedation dentistry for a greater sense of relaxation. Plus, patients who have undergone implant surgery compare the feeling to a simple tooth extraction. The most discomfort you will feel is some slight soreness after the procedure, which can be managed by following our aftercare instructions.
How Should I Care for My Dental Implants?
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, which is why their maintenance is similar to what your normal oral healthcare routine should be. Make sure you’re brushing twice a day, for two minutes each session to remove plaque and bacteria from your smile. You should also floss in between teeth once a day to remove any lingering food debris. Some dental implant patients use a water flosser because it provides a more thorough cleaning.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office!