Dental Implants Oxford, PA

Do you have missing teeth? Are you self-conscious about your smile? Ask Dr. Stefan Speck about dental implants at Oxford Family Dentistry in Oxford, PA. Dental implants are dental restorations that replace one or more missing teeth. Patients with single missing or lost teeth can receive single dental implants. If patients have rows or full arches of teeth missing, they can receive implant-secured dental bridges or dentures.

Tooth Implants in Oxford, Pennsylvania

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants may be used to:

  • Improve speech
  • Prevent facial sagging
  • Support gum and natural tooth health
  • Bite and chew naturally
  • Improve patient’s self-confidence

If you have one or more missing teeth and are interested in dental implant treatment, contact Dr. Speck for a dental consultation. He helps his patients find the right type of dental implant restoration for their restorative needs.

Dental Implant Treatment

To begin dental implant treatment, Dr. Speck takes digital x-rays and thoroughly examines the teeth and gums. He will determine if patients need additional treatments before dental implant treatment. If the remaining teeth and gums are healthy, and there is sufficient tissue in the jaw bone, Dr. Speck will take dental impressions of the teeth which are sent to a dental lab. These impressions are used to fabricate dental crowns, dentures, or dental bridges that will be secured by the dental implants.

Then, an oral surgeon surgically inserts the dental implants into the jawbone. During a process called osseointegration, the titanium implant posts fuse with the jaw bone tissue. After this 3 to 6 month process, the implant posts are capped off with an abutment and dental crown.

Dental Implant FAQs

Learn more about dental implants with answers to common questions about this restorative treatment:

Am I a candidate for dental implant treatment?

The best candidates for implant treatment are in good oral health and have sufficient bone tissue in the jaw. However, Dr. Speck will provide gum disease treatment or recommend bone grafting if needed. Patients will also need to keep up with their oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing between their dental implants.

How long do dental implants last?

Due to their durability, dental implants are permanent restorations. As long as patients keep their dental implants and any of their remaining natural teeth clean, their implants or implant restorations will last many years.

Can dental implants “fail”?

Dental implants have a success rate of 90 to 95 percent. However, there are several factors that contribute to the rare cases of dental implant failure. Patients who smoke or use tobacco products have a higher chance of implant failure. This is because smoking restricts blood flow to the gums, making it difficult for the implants to heal properly. Certain medical conditions including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis also slow the healing process.

The most common cause of implant failure is gum disease. Patients who develop an infection after their dental implant treatment will notice a change in their implants.

Restore Missing Teeth Today

Are you looking for a stable tooth restoration? Ask Dr. Speck about dental implant treatment today. Request a dental appointment with Dr. Speck on our website or call our office at 610.753.4506.