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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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One of the most important things we do at Pruce Dental is patient education. Before we decide on a treatment, we will answer all your questions and provide the information you need to make an educated decision about your oral health care.

You may not be at the point where you are ready to commit to treatment. Maybe you just need some information. We encourage you to ask questions because it helps us understand what's on your mind and how we can help. 

Here are a few of the questions we hear frequently, but you may need an answer that you don't see here. We would be happy to find the information you are looking for. Please call our office at (724) 942-1400 or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Dental Implants

We are pleased to offer customized full and partial dentures that improve your appearance and allow you to eat and speak confidently. Dr. Robert Pruce uses the best materials and works with only highly trained dental technicians whose only job is to create dentures for you that look and fit as close to natural teeth as possible. Our dentures look so gWoman with Dentures | Washington, PAreat that no one will suspect they’re not your real teeth!

Full dentures are used to replace the teeth in the upper arch or all of the teeth in both the upper and lower arches. Partial dentures are fabricated to replace one or more teeth when bridgework or implants are not a viable option.

If you are about to undergo extraction of remaining teeth in preparation for dentures, you don’t have to worry about being seen without teeth. Dr. Pruce will customize transitional dentures that are placed at the time of surgery and worn for about 10 weeks while the tissues heal. After healing is complete, he will take impressions that are used to make your permanent dentures.

Do you currently wear ill-fitting dentures or worry about the stability of your new dentures? Dr. Pruce will be happy to explain the benefits of securing dentures with dental implants. The addition of implants gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your dentures will stay firmly in place.

Please call our Washington, PA dental office to learn more about our customized dentures options! 

At our Washington, PA dental office, we use only the safest and most effective materials. Titanium has been safely used for medical and dental applications for over 50 years. During that time, titanium has come to be considered as the choice for a variety of prosthetics. Titanium has been used for neurosurgery, joint replacement, and, now, dental implants.

The main reason that titanium is so practical for use in dental implants is that it is a biocompatible element. This means that it is compatible with the growth of bone and bodily tissue. 
Dental implants are composed of a tiny titanium post placed surgically in the jaw. Using titanium provides the stability that is the most significant benefit of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution.

Once the implant is placed, surrounding bone and tissue start to grow around the implant as if it were a natural part of your body.  Through a process known as osseointegration, the implanted post is actually absorbed by the bone. This creates a solid base that is essentially a root replacement for a missing tooth.

This is not as complicated as it sounds, and Dr. Pruce will be happy to take the time to discuss the safety of titanium in dental implants with you. Please contact our Washington dental office if you'd like to arrange an appointment.

 

Missing teeth not only look unattractive but if we don't replace them, they can lead to other oral health problems. At Pruce Dental, we have several solutions to replace missing teeth.

Dental implants in Washington, PA have become a very popular tooth replacement method for several reasons. Unlike other options, a dental implant is a permanent, stand-alone artificial tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It is held firmly in place by an implant in your jaw, giving it superior stability and strength.

Bridges are a dental prosthetic that fills the space left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth that is held in place by crowns that are attached to adjacent teeth.

Partial and complete dentures are appropriate whether you are missing several teeth or all your teeth. We can fashion beautiful, natural-looking dentures that will provide you with many years of use.

If missing teeth are not replaced using one of these methods, surrounding teeth can begin to drift into the open space. This movement ultimately leads to problems with your dental bite as well as the deterioration of your gums.

We would be happy to discuss these options to see which is the most appropriate for your needs. Please contact Pruce Dental to arrange a commitment-free consultation.

At Pruce Dental, we know that if you’re a denture wearer, there’s nothing more embarrassing than having your denture slip or shift – and usually at the most inconvenient times. Until recently, the only option available for holding dentures in place was dental adhesives that made a mess and weren’t all that effective anyway.

But modern technology has made it possible for us to retain your dentures securely in place with dental implants. You may know dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth, and they are highly successful when used for that purpose.

What you may not realize, though, is that implants can also be used to stabilize dentures and hold them firmly in place. The implant is placed in your jawbone and bonds with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes part of your dental anatomy!

Once the implant is in place, we can attach your denture to it for a completely secure fit. While dental implants do a great job of holding your denture in place, it’s important to remember that you still need to remove the denture at night and for cleaning.

We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer your questions about implant-retained dentures. Please contact our Washington, PA dental office for more information.

A bridge and dental implant are similar because they both restore the function and appearance of your smile. But that’s where the similarity ends.

Dental bridges have been a staple of dentistry for decades and are still an excellent choice for tooth replacement. But there are a couple of drawbacks; the success of a bridge requires alteration of healthy adjacent teeth, and esthetics are restored with an artificial tooth that sits on top of your gums.

Dental implants, on the other hand, use a tiny titanium post placed in your jaw that replaces the entire tooth from root to crown. A dental implant is as close as we can get to the form and function of a natural tooth.

The benefit of a full tooth replacement is that it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. The implant becomes a permanent part of your dental structure and stimulates the regrowth of the bone that supports your teeth. This is critical because deterioration of bone is a common problem with tooth loss.

We recommend dental implants at our Washington, PA dental office, but we want you to be aware of all your options so you can make a decision you’re comfortable with. 

Please call us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Robert Pruce

Dental implants have gained a lot of popularity in recent years as more and more patients appreciate the benefits they offer. The remarkable thing about dental implants is that they are not just an aesthetic solution – they really do look and function like a real tooth.

Many people think of dental implants as being a recent innovation, but the truth is that they have been in use for over 40 years! They have proven to be a long-lasting and reliable tooth replacement that has helped many patients improve their appearance and their oral health.

A dental implant is surgically placed in your jaw and eventually integrates with surrounding bone tissue. The presence of this replacement root prevents bone deterioration, which is a common problem associated with tooth loss.

The implant also forms a stable base so that we can attach a dental crown that is fully functional and long-lasting. Dr. Pruce has been placing these dental implant restorations for many years with beautiful results.

Many patients have questions about the dental implant process, and if you would like more detailed information, we will be happy to schedule a consultation at our Marietta dental office to discuss the ways that dental implants can help you. 

 

To answer this question, it’s helpful if you understand that there are actually three pieces that make up the dental implant. Two pieces are hidden inside your jaw, and the only portion that is visible is the dental crown that we place when the process is finished.

What we refer to as the implant is actually a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. This is the stable foundation for the rest of the dental implant because, as the bone and tissue around the implant heal, it becomes fully integrated with your jaw.

Once the site of the implant has healed, Dr. Pruce attaches a small piece called an abutment. This provides a place to attach a dental crown, which is the only part of the implant unit that is visible.  Once the crown is placed, it will blend in perfectly with surrounding teeth, and no one will be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, but we can’t say if you’re a good candidate until we do a complete exam. If you’re interested in dental implants in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental to schedule a consultation.

To answer this question, it’s helpful if you understand that three pieces make up the dental implant. Two pieces are hidden inside your jaw, and the only portion that is visible is the dental crown that we place when the process is finished.

What we refer to as the implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. The post is the foundation for the rest of the dental implant because as the bone and tissue around the implant heal, it becomes fully integrated with your jaw.

Once the site of the implant has healed over a period of several months, Dr. Pruce will attach a small piece called an abutment. This is a connector piece that attaches to the dental crown, the only part of the implant unit that is visible.  Once the crown is placed, it will blend in perfectly with surrounding teeth, and no one will be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, but we can’t say if you’re a good candidate until we do a complete exam. If you’re interested in dental implants in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental to schedule a consultation.

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