DENTAL IMPLANTS IN PITTSBURGH
We are proud to offer dental implants as an option at our downtown Pittsburgh dental office. This procedure can completely restore functionality and esthetics to your smile, repairing damage from either old or recent tooth loss.
Missing teeth are just the beginning of a domino style toppling of your mouth's infrastructure. Where teeth have been lost, the jaw begins to slowly lose bone, and adjacent teeth become loose, shift, and eventually go the way of their neighbors.
Eventually, the entire remaining arch of teeth is compromised, and the patient can end up with few or no teeth left, sagging facial features, and impediments of speech as well as complete loss of functionality when it comes to biting and chewing.
This loss can have significant impact on the individual's life, from self-esteem issues caused by the change of appearance to health problems caused by lack of nutrition.
Dental implants are designed to remedy all of the above issues, restoring your mouth to functionality, resolving chewing and speech issues, and returning your smile to its former brilliance. Dr. Pounds works with renowned local periondontists and oral surgeons to give you back functionality and improve the esthetics of your natural smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Properly installed implants are next to impossible to tell from original teeth.
- Unlike bridges, implants support, instead of stress, the adjacent teeth.
- Properly cared for implants can last 25 years or more.
- Dental implants can stimulate bone growth, restoring facial fullness and providing a more stable bite.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dental Implants can completely restore functionality and esthetics to your smile, repairing damage from either old or recent tooth loss. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pounds.Request an Appointment
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you think dental implants could be the answer for your dental problems, ask for a consultation. A dental/radiographic examination and health history will be performed in our downtown Pittsburgh office, and your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Pounds. Our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success, and give you back the confidence of a beautiful, functional smile.
How Dental Implants Work
First, the bone, gums, and adjacent teeth are evaluated by Dr. Pounds & the periodontist or oral surgeon for health and stability. In advanced cases, a bone graft may be needed to provide a solid foundation for the implant, and in many cases periodontal work is done to ensure the gums are healthy before an implant is placed.
The implant itself is implanted directly into the jawbone. The implant fuses with the bone, and become a solid anchor for the restoration. A small titanium post is seated, and a crown is created that looks and feels and functions like your original tooth. The crown is placed on the post to complete the restoration.
Each implant can support a single restoration, or multiple pontics (false teeth) can be attached to a bridge which is then attached to the implant(s). A dental implant is as close to a natural, permanent tooth as you can get, both from a functional and aesthetic standpoint.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures, and eat a soft diet during this time. Ask Dr. Pounds about what foods are best and which should be avoided for your specific case.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The periodontist or oral surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Pounds can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken to serve as a guide and the posts are seated on the implant. The carefully customized crown is then user to cover the post, completing the restoration. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months, but most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily lives.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Dental implants are the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. However, each patient is different. Please request a consultation with Dr. Pounds and we can help determine if dental implants are right for you.