Dental Implant Options for Missing Teeth in Central Pennsylvania

Dental Implant Options for Missing Teeth

Dr. Greenberg goes over your options for missing teeth and answers any question you have regarding them.

Natural-looking teeth replacement options

Dental implants have become the standard of care for missing teeth. Due to technological advances in dentistry in the 21st century, most people can now receive implant treatment. Dental implants look, feel and act like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.

Dental implants act as tooth roots. They can be used to hold a single crown or a multi-tooth restoration, i.e. a dental bridge, or a denture.

Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

A67T0467Dr. Greenberg offers a complimentary consultation to help you decide if dental implants are the right solution for you.

  • Consultation with the doctor
  • Periodontal evaluation
  • Learn about the different treatment options
  • Find out if dental implants are right for you
  • Get all your questions about dental implants answered

To make an appointment, call (717) 775-7576 or click here to request an appointment online.

Metal-free Dental Implants

Dr. Greenberg now offers NobelPearl™ dental implants that are metal-free and fabricated from zirconia. Zirconia is a very durable ceramic that comes close to the beauty of natural teeth.

There are many reasons to choose metal-free dental implants. Dr. Greenberg offers the option for patients who may have sensitivity to metals, prefer the aesthetics of ceramic implants or want a shorter surgical and recovery time. Metal-free dental implants can provide a more natural look when the gums are thin and translucent.

Dr. Greenberg will help assess the best type of dental implant for you.

Single-Tooth Implants

Dental Implant Options for Missing TeethSingle missing teeth can be replaced with a dental implant and a crown. The crown is attached to an abutment that closely fits over the tooth socket. The tooth can be brushed and flossed like a normal tooth.

Patients tell us that they can’t tell the difference between their implant tooth and regular tooth.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Several adjacent missing teeth, or even a whole arch, can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge or a series of implant-supported bridges. Four implant-supported bridges will replace a full arch.

Dental Implant Options for Missing TeethDr. Greenberg prefers to use implant-supported bridges to replace teeth in an arch. They are more economical for the patients than using single implants, but they are also closer in function to real teeth, as the bridges have a similar flexibility to natural teeth.

The teeth of the implant-supported bridge are made out of durable, natural-looking porcelain. Dr. Greenberg makes sure that your new teeth look natural and aesthetic.

Implant-supported bridges prevent bone loss. Bone loss occurs when teeth are left missing. Bone loss in the jaw can eventually cause the collapse of the lower third of the face. The jawbone under the teeth requires the stimulus of chewing to retains its volume. Implant-supported bridges give you normal chewing power, so that not only are you able to eat anything you want, you are also keeping your jawbone healthy.

New Teeth in One Day

A fast and economical option for replacing a full arch of teeth, this procedure can be completed in one day; from extraction, as necessary, to your new teeth. It uses high-quality dentures, made to look very lifelike and without any fake palate, that are permanently fixed into the jaw via four implants on each arch.

The advantage of this procedure over implant-supported bridges is that it can be done on patients who have experienced bone loss, as the implants are placed to take advantage of the bone that is available. Chewing power is measurably increased over dentures and can approach normal  chewing power.

Learn more about New Teeth in One Day.

Implant-Retained Dentures and Denture Stabilization

Dental Implant Options for Missing TeethThe most economical option for replacing missing teeth is using implants to support dentures. Dr. Greenberg places two or more dental implants in the arch with attachments that snap securely onto specially fitted dentures.

Implant-retained dentures do away with the need for adhesives and prevent denture slippage. When enough implants are used for support, Dr. Greenberg can create a denture without a fake palate and reduce the amount of material needed for the sides.

Dr. Greenberg can also retrofit your existing dentures so that they are secured by implants.

Implant-retained dentures provide improved chewing ability, perhaps 20 to 30% of full chewing power, compared to a denture’s 10%.

To regain full chewing function and to feel like you have natural teeth once again, Dr. Greenberg recommends implant-supported bridges.

To make an appointment, call (717) 775-7576 or click here to request an appointment online.