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Dental Implants – State College, PA

State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement

Whether you are missing one tooth or several, you’re probably well aware of the problems they can cause. Simple things like eating and speaking can become awkward and uncomfortable, plus they can make you very hesitant to smile, even among family and friends. For people in this situation, Donald Marks Family Dentistry is happy to provide the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement available today: dental implants. Compared to any other treatment, they provide the most durable, reliable, and beautiful results. To learn more about what dental implants in State College can do for you, contact us today.

Benefits of Dental Implants

elderly couple smiling with dental implants in State College

When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are clearly the best choice. They are the only solution to tooth loss to replicate not only the visible crown of the tooth, but the root as well. Because of this, your jawbone is stimulated by the implant posts, preventing jawbone loss that prematurely ages you. Implants also have a success rate of more than 95%, can last upwards of 30 years, and don’t require any damage to surrounding teeth, unlike dental bridges.

Indications for Dental Implants

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If you’re missing teeth in State College, there’s an implant solution out there for you. No matter how big the gap in your smile, we can fill it with any number of implants and customized restorations.  

Missing Single Tooth

For just one missing tooth, we can place a single implant post, abutment (a metal connector piece), and a lifelike dental crown. Once this procedure is finished, your implant should be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

For those missing several teeth in a row, a few crowns can be strung together to form a sturdy dental bridge. An implant with a crown will be placed on either end of the space in your smile, and these will be bonded to prosthetic teeth to literally bridge the gap. Implant-retained bridges are not only much stronger than traditional ones, but they also do a better job of blending in with your smile.

Missing All Teeth

Instead of placing an implant for every missing tooth you have, we can simply place four to six in order to provide enough support for a full denture. This eliminates the need for ill-fitting dentures that slip around when talking or chewing. These prosthetic teeth are instead permanently fixed in your mouth, giving you a more consistent bite and smile.

Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment

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Most general dentists don’t possess the knowledge and skills to place dental implants themselves, so you have to be referred to an outside specialist. Dr. Marks, on the other hand, is perfectly able and qualified to both place and restore your implant in-house. This saves you the inconvenience of visiting an unfamiliar specialist. Instead, you can rest easy knowing that your trusted dentist will take care of everything.   

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

dental crown, abutment, and implant diagram

There is no set cost for dental implants because every situation and every patient are different. The total cost of your new teeth could depend on a few factors, such as how many implants you’re receiving, your level of sedation during the placement surgery, and the type of restoration you’re getting. Keep in mind that although implants may seem expensive upfront, you’re making an investment that should last for decades. You shouldn’t have to pay to get your teeth replaced every few years like you would with a bridge or denture. If you take proper care of your implants with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, your dental implants can even last the rest of your life!

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