Dental implants from your New Freedom, Shrewsbury, and York County area dentist are an ideal form of tooth replacement, as the implant restores full function in a way no other process can, with the titanium post acting as a new root in the jawbone. Through an integration process, this restoration becomes part of the permanent structure. A crown, bridge, or full denture can be secured on an implant for a comfortable, beautiful smile. This method of tooth replacement has been proven safe and effective in the more than 30 years it has been used.
The Natural Alternative
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone, a process called osseointegration. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Complete Dental Implant Services
Renowned expert in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Haywood is the only dentist that provides all phases of implant care in Shrewsbury and the South York County area – from initial evaluation to implant care.
Dental implants change not only your smile, but also how you live! This form of treatment helps our patients rediscover the confidence and comfort they deserve. Speak, laugh, and eat freely with dental implants.
“I came in to see Dr. Haywood knowing I would have all of my teeth pulled. They were terrible and it was not worth fixing them. I was interested in what implants would do for me. It was time for a change! Even I find it hard to believe that these are not my real teeth. They look great and I feel and look younger and I can eat anything I want to with no trouble. Great work!”
Reasons For Dental Implants
Replace a missing tooth
Maintain healthy bone levels
Help support overdentures
Keep the look and feel of a real tooth where one is missing
Your Implant Solution
Whether for a solitary tooth or total replacement, teeth in a day or “all on four restorations,” dental implants are the ideal treatment for missing teeth today.
Our implant solutions are affordable for most people and as elegant or simple as you might need. Often complex cases are more costly and the fees for simple cases are much less. Because it takes time for implants to heal properly, we believe in not rushing the process. Our expectation is that you will be thrilled with the result, regardless of the length of time healing takes.
Single tooth replacements can be restored in as little as 6-8 weeks. Full restorations of complex cases can take over a year. Dr. Haywood, an expert in providing this high level of care, maintains an exceptional success rate in the provision of dental implants in our comfortable office setting. We are committed to offering each patient the most functional, beautiful smile possible, as that is what you deserve. In our practice, you can experience tooth replacement as you have never imagined with the comprehensive care you deserve (all right here in our offices) to finish the job efficiently and in the quickest time frame.
Implant Consultation & Evaluation
To determine if dental implants are ideal for your situation, we recommend a full dental examination that includes x-rays or a CAT scan and a discussion of your health history. Throughout your consultation process, Dr. Haywood will listen to your specific needs, and answer any questions you may have about dental implant treatment. Our team has the skill, compassion, and knowledge to see you through a comfortable and successful implant process. Dr. Haywood designs each case, performs all the necessary surgical placements or grafting procedures, and restores the cases. When advisable, we do advanced computer guided implant surgery in select cases for planning as well as for creating implant guides.
We have done thousands of implant cases with tremendous success, and can show you videos, photos, and models of cases just like yours. Dr. Haywood maintains a prestigious Fellowship in his Implant Academy. We offer limited or extended warranties. We stand behind our work and pride ourselves on our integrity and ethics.
Implant Site Preparation
The gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone material has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.
Placing the Implant
After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to become part of the lower jaw, commonly referred to as osseointegration.
Even though it takes so long for osseointegration, the sutures are typically removed seven to fourteen days after surgery.
Attaching the Post
When the gum tissue is ready, a special post is attached to the implant. It is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today’s technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post, to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.
Placing the Crown
After impressions are taken a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented. This final prosthetic crown appears as a natural tooth.
There is a high rate of failure of implants in patients who smoke, so dental implants tend to be a challenge for patients who are actively smoking. We will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. Proper brushing and flossing will maximize the longevity of your new dental implant.
To learn more about the entire dental implants process or to schedule an initial consultation, call us today at our Shrewsbury dentist office! Dr. Haywood and his team would love to work with you if you are in the York – New Freedom area!