Dental implants in Bethlehem are available to Lehigh Valley residents at DICE Dental. Implants are a popular and effective solution for those who have lost teeth due to injury, decay, or infection. They offer a permanent, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth and can greatly improve the appearance and functionality of your smile. If you are considering dental implants, here’s what you can expect from our DICE Dental team in Bethlehem.

Your Consultation

Dental implants in Bethlehem start with a consultation. First, we’ll walk you through the process from start to finish. Then, we’ll discuss the benefits of the treatment. Finally, we’ll go over any supplemental treatments you may need for a successful procedure. We’ll also spend some time answering your questions and alleviating any anxiety about the process.

Our team is asked a lot of questions during this time! Like do implants hurt? Am I eligible for the treatment? How long does healing take? What is the price? We’ll provide you with these answers and more.

Dental Implant Candidacy

During your consultation, we’ll make sure you’re eligible for dental implants. In some situations, oral health and physical health situations may mean a patient is better suited for a different treatment, like dentures. To determine whether you’re a candidate, our team will look at your:

  • Jawbone strength
  • Gum health
  • Surrounding teeth
  • Oral care routine
  • Tobacco use

Things like gum disease or insufficient jawbones could indicate the risk of treatment failure. However, if a patient doesn’t meet these qualifications, there are supplemental treatments available that will help improve their jawbone health and the likelihood of successful treatment. Bone grafts and sinus lifts are among the most popular and effective supplemental treatments available.

The Treatment Process

While every patient’s smile is unique and may require additional steps, the typical dental implant procedure is broken down into five phases:

  • Tooth Extraction: If your tooth is damaged or broken, we need to extract the remaining pieces and tooth root.
  • Bone Grafting: We typically recommend bone grafting in conjunction with extractions. A bone graft keeps the jawbone as wide and tall as possible to hold space for a future implant.
  • Implant Placement: After your bone graft heals, we’ll place the titanium implant beneath your gum. This surgical procedure typically takes 20 minutes.
  • Healing: The last thing we want to do is interfere with your healing process. If we don’t give your jawbone ample time to heal, the whole treatment may fail. Over three to four months, new bone will form around the implant and help stabilize it.
  • Placing the Crown: Cementing the crown to the implant brings your smile to life! This porcelain crown is color-matched to your existing teeth and even acts like your natural teeth, helping you get back to eating the foods you love!

The entire process takes about three to nine months. Then, we will bring you back for post-op appointments to ensure everything is healing nicely.

Discover Dental Implants in Bethlehem

Are you ready to learn more about dental implants in Bethlehem? Request a consultation with our Lehigh Valley team! DICE Dental in Bethlehem also specializes in crowns, and extractions to help you achieve a healthier, happier smile. Start smiling with confidence again and request an appointment today.