Dental Implants Williamsport, PA

Dental Implants An Overview

Replacing missing teeth is now easier than ever and patients enjoy the many benefits of advances made in materials, techniques and treatment options. Missing teeth can now be restored with function and aesthetics that closely mimic a natural tooth and enable patients to enjoy their best possible quality of life.

Serving Williamsport PA and surrounding communities, Dr. Joyce Kim offers a unique blend of personalized care, experience and advanced treatment options for patients who have missing teeth and desire to restore their smile with a lasting outcome. She places all types of dental implants for the replacement of one, several, or a full arch of missing teeth.

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Why Choose Dental Implants?

Choosing a tooth replacement option is often overwhelming with the range of choices, varying costs, and outcomes. Dr. Kim takes the time to educate you on the condition of your dental health, the most suitable options, and what to expect along the way. During a consultation, she will evaluate all aspects of your smile and discuss your medical history and personal goals.

Dental implants can offer several key benefits for both oral and overall physical health:

  • Replaces the tooth root: the implanted post will serve as a new tooth root and stabilizes bone tissue in the jaw, minimizing shrinkage and changes in your appearance.
  • Restores natural chewing function and speech: implants fit and feel much like a natural tooth, enabling you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak confidently.
  • Secure, permanent restoration: dental implants are permanent and do not require the use of adhesives to remain in place. Your new smile will feel natural and provide the best possible quality of life.

Dental Implants What to Expect

dental implants by Williamsport PA dentist for missing teethThe dental implant process is multi-staged, beginning with the surgical procedure to place the post in the jaw bone. Dr. Kim works with local oral surgeons to complete this initial phase of treatment and will work with you to coordinate your care. The entire process includes:

  • Implantation: the titanium post is implanted strategically into the jaw bone for the most secure and stable result.
  • Osseointegration: this is a healing period of 3-6 months during which the new post slowly integrates into bone tissue.
  • Abutment placement: once the soft tissues are healed, patients return to our Williamsport dental office for the attachment of the abutment, a collar-like piece that will link the post to the final restoration.
  • Final restoration: a few weeks may be necessary for tissues to heal after placing the abutment. Once healed, Dr. Kim will permanently attach your new dental crown.

Along the way, we will monitor your progress and often place a temporary restoration for function and aesthetics. If you are receiving a denture or dental bridge, Dr. Kim will attach the new appliance after the posts have healed.

Ready To Restore Your Smile?

Dr. Kim welcomes new patients to our practice and can help you get back to smiling comfortably and confidently with dental implants. If you have been suffering from missing teeth or poorly fitted dentures, schedule a visit with Dr. Kim to learn more about how dental implants can solve your dental health problems. Contact us at (570) 989-5271 or request an appointment online.

Dental Implants FAQs

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Many people are good candidates for dental implants. However, certain things may prevent you from getting implants. First, you have to have enough healthy bone structure to maintain the implant. You also have to be in overall good oral health. Things like gum disease will have to be treated before you can get implants. Certain conditions or medications that lower your immune system may also make you ineligible due to the surgical component.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to be a lifelong, permanent dental restoration. They should last you the remainder of your years. Occasionally the dental crown or other final restoration may get chipped or other damage may occur, but the actual implant should last.

Should I avoid certain foods with dental implants?

The best part about dental implants is that you get back 100% of your bite function once they’re fully healed. You should be able to eat a normal diet. In the time until the final restoration is placed, you’ll have a temporary restoration. With this, be cautious with foods that are too hard or sticky, as this can pull out or damage that restoration.