Today's tooth replacement options are more effective than ever before. Dental implants not only restore your appearance and dental function, they also help protect your oral and general health for years to come. Implant-supported restorations are held securely in place by small titanium posts that are surgically embedded into the jaw. Dr. Arlene Kubit coordinates with a skilled oral surgeon to oversee all aspects of our patients' care. At Artistry in Dentistry in Erie, PA, we use only the highest quality dental crowns, bridges, and dentures to provide lifelike, long-lasting results.
Even a single missing tooth can have damaging effects. Dental function can be negatively impacted, since nearby teeth are subjected to increased pressure, often leading to misalignment or increased risk for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The most serious concerns, however, lie below the visible portion of the teeth.
Healthy dental roots stimulate the jaw, prompting the body to deliver vital nutrients to the jawbone. Once teeth fall out or are extracted, this process is interrupted and the area will quickly begin to deteriorate. This deterioration can cause other teeth to shift, loosen, or fall out. Widespread tooth loss can also severely impact one's diet and overall well-being.
Implant-supported restorations are the only treatment option that can halt bone loss. Since implants are inserted directly into the jaw, the body reacts by treating them just like tooth roots. Titanium fuses with the jaw, causing the posts to be permanent once the healing phase is complete.
Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like your original teeth. Many restorative options are fixed, meaning there is no daily cleaning required other than brushing and flossing. Compared to traditional dental bridges and dentures, dental implants allow patients to:
During implant surgery, an incision will be made in the gums and the post will be placed in the jaw
Dental implant treatment generally consists of two phases: placing the implant and attaching the restoration. Once Dr. Kubit determines you are a good candidate, she can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. During dental implant surgery, incisions will be made in the gums and one or more posts will be placed into the jaw. The soft tissue may be sutured closed or a temporary restoration may be attached.
Treatment generally consists of two phases: placing the implant and attaching the restoration.
After about four to six months, the implant posts fuse with the jaw in a process called osseointegration. Once fully healed, patients can have their permanent, custom restoration attached at Artistry in Dentistry. Although your crown, bridge, or denture may eventually need to be replaced, dental implants are considered permanent with proper care.
We believe our patients deserve the very best treatment available. Our team can help patients coordinate financing plans through Erie Federal Credit Union, since dental implants are not always covered by insurance. Send us a message or call (814) 825-7373 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Arlene Kubit.
I have been a patient of Dr. Kubit's for over 20 years. She is the most skilled, professional and caring dentist I have ever encountered. I have referred many friends and family to Dr. Kubit. All have received excellent care by Dr. Kubit. She is truly one of a kind.