American Board Certified Prosthodontist
A dental implant acts just like your natural tooth root as it securely anchors a crown, bridge, or dentures. At Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics, Hai Qing, DMD, inserts dental implants with exceptional precision, using 3D imaging and computer-guided surgery plans. If you need to replace missing teeth, call the office in New Britain, Pennsylvania, or schedule an appointment online to learn how dental implants can help.
Dental implants replace one or more missing teeth. You can even use implants to replace all of your teeth with implant-supported dentures or an All-on-4® procedure.
The implant is a metal rod that’s inserted into your jawbone. Then your new crown, bridge, or dentures are permanently attached to the implant.
Dental implants do a great job of improving your appearance. However, implants also protect your dental health by:
After the implant is inserted, the bone bonds with the metal rod. As a result, the implant replaces the original tooth root and creates a secure anchor for your new teeth.
When you have a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth slowly move toward the empty space. Even subtle tooth movement is enough to cause misaligned teeth, which increases your risk for tooth decay. The implant prevents adjacent teeth from shifting into the gap.
Throughout your lifetime, your jawbone stays strong by eliminating old bone and replacing it with new bone. However, the jaw needs stimulation from your teeth and their roots to regenerate new bone. A dental implant that replaces the root continues to trigger normal bone growth.
Computer-guided dental implant surgery allows Dr. Qing to place your implants more precisely and in less time. He begins by using cone beam computed tomography (CT) to create a 3D image of your teeth, gums, and bones.
Using specialized computer software, Dr. Qing can manipulate the 3D images, viewing your jaw and teeth from all angles and evaluating the thickness of the tissues, the proximity of nearby teeth, and the existing tooth root anatomy.
He uses this information to create a computer-generated surgical guide to use during your implant procedure.
Before your procedure, Dr. Qing talks about your anesthesia and sedation options, helping you make the best choice to ensure your comfort and relieve your anxiety.
For each implant, Dr. Qing makes a small incision in the gum to expose the jawbone, drills a small hole, then screws the metal implant into the bone. Over the next several months, the bone regrows and bonds with the implant.
You get a temporary crown, bridge, or dentures to wear immediately after your procedure. However, Dr. Qing may recommend waiting for the bone to completely heal before installing your permanent prosthesis.
To learn more about dental implants, call Bucks Dental Health and Esthetics or schedule an appointment online.