Dental implants help replace one or more missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Our dentists in Reading provide dental implants procedures every single day for men and women, both young and old. During our free dental implant consultation, the most popular question we’re often asked is “How do dental implants work?”

Many people have an image in their mind that the dental implants process will be time-consuming, scary, and painful. However, our smiling patients will be the first to tell you that getting dental implants was the best decision they ever made. The process does take several months, but the results are life-changing. 

As you read the process below, know that our team will be with you every step of the way. 

The Extraction

If you’re a candidate for dental implants following x-rays and consultations, we’ll remove the damaged tooth from your upper or lower jaw. Once the tooth is removed, a bone graft (a transplant of bone tissue) is placed in the empty socket to keep the jawbone in shape. 

This part of the dental implants process is the longest. It takes roughly 4 to 6 months for the gum to heal and for new bone to form. 

When you return to our office, you’ll have a 3D scan of your mouth to ensure that adequate bone is in place. 

Implant Placement

Now you’ve made it past the hardest part! In step two of the dental implants process, our dentists finally place the implant. Many people don’t realize that the implant is not the false tooth itself, but the metal part placed in your gum.

Following the implant placement, you’ll be given another 3 to 4 months to heal. Once the implant is uncovered, an impression will be taken for the crown. 

The Abutment and Crown

The crown, color-matched to your existing teeth, is what gives the smile its natural look. The crown is either screwed directly into the implant or cemented on top of an abutment. Both the abutment and crown are included in our price of $2,000 per implant.

The crown and implant help restore your ability to eat normally and reduce bone loss in your jaw. While there may be a little discomfort at first, antibiotics and pain medications are prescribed.

Life After Dental Implants Implants

We’ll keep in touch with you, meeting whenever you need to ensure that you’re happy with your smile. 

Patients find that they cannot be more excited about their new smile. They can eat the food they want while exhibiting a newfound confidence they did not have before. A simple smile can open up so many doors, from new friends to new jobs. 

If you’re looking to change your life, we invite you to contact our team to learn more about dental implants in Reading. Offices are also open in Lansdale, Easton, West Chester, and Limerick.