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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
July 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you wish to replace some missing teeth, dental implants from Dr. Ernest Fontaine, your dentist in Harrisburg, PA, may be the choice for Dental Implantyou. Stable, secure, natural-acting, and functioning, implants and implant-supported dentures are forever prosthetics which are second only to natural teeth.


FAQS about dental implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws or cylinders placed by your Harrisburg, PA, dentist into the jaw. Serving as replacement tooth roots, dental implants may be restored by metal alloy posts and porcelain crowns. In the case of extensive tooth loss, multiple implants secure full or partial dentures.

Dental implants differ from other tooth replacements because they are made of titanium, a naturally-occurring metal which attracts human bone cells. This bonding process is known as osseointegration. It takes many weeks to accomplish but creates an amazing relationship between the jaw bone and the implant. Osseointegration also improves the quality and quantity of the alveolar ridge (tooth-bearing part of the jaw bone) at the insertion site. Other tooth replacements cannot do this.


Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Older teens (girls over 16 and boys over 18) and adults are candidates for dental implants if their jaws have finished growing and if they have enough bone in the alveolar ridge. Oral examination and special three-dimensional scans show Dr. Fontaine if your bone is dense, wide and high. If it's deficient in some way, he can augment it with donor bone or synthetic materials.


Will the procedure hurt?

No, it will not as Dr. Fontaine uses a local anesthetic to insert the implant(s), or if you choose, he can offer you sedation to relax you during the relatively short procedure. The insertion process only takes about an hour, and people return to their normal routines right away.


How long will my implants last?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that in general, implants last a lifetime. However, good care is important. So, if you smoke, stop as soon as possible. Brush twice a day and floss every day to keep implant sites clean. If you grind your teeth, inquire about a customized bite guard to cushion your teeth. And, of course, see Dr. Fontaine every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up.


A fabulous smile

Feel confident in your oral health and appearance, too. Ask Dr. Ernest Fontaine about dental implants to complete your smile. Call his friendly office team for a personal consultation in Harrisburg, PA, at (717) 564-1310.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
May 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Whether you have one or more missing teeth due to an accident or a lifetime of poor oral hygiene, one thing is certain: you probably wish you had a beautiful, picture-perfect smile once again. After all, your smile is the way you present yourself to the world, and you want to make sureDental Implants you always make the right impression.

Thankfully, no matter what condition your teeth are in or how many teeth you are missing, it is possible to have that picture-perfect smile you've always dreamed of. You just need to visit your dentist, Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S. in Harrisburg for dental implants.

Dental implants are one tooth replacement option that is well worth looking into. Not only do dental implants look and feel completely natural and comfortable, but they are also strong and durable, so the implants you get today should last you your entire lifetime. Never again will you have to look in the mirror and see a missing or incomplete smile looking back at you. You can have the smile of your dreams, and you can start the process today.

Dental implants consist of three parts. The crown replaces the missing tooth, the implants secures the crown into the jaw bone and the abutment holds the two together. The result is a new tooth that looks, feels and acts just like your own natural teeth. You don't have to follow any special cleaning routine, you don't have to avoid certain foods and you don't ever have to worry about dropping and breaking or losing your teeth when you take them out to clean them, because they never come out of your mouth.

Many Harrisburg residents have visited their dentist for dental implants, but you would never know. The teeth simply look that natural and realistic.

If you are tired of missing teeth or incomplete smile and the negative effect it is having on your self-esteem, self-confidence and life, in general, you owe it to yourself to call your dentist and set up a consultation today. Call Dr. Fontaine in Harrisburg. You'll be glad you did.