Whether you need a tooth replacement or to touch up some minor flaws or injuries to your teeth, Kneib Dentistry has you covered with affordable dental implants for anyone living around our office in Erie, PA.
What are Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll want a tooth replacement that looks as natural as possible. If dentures don't work for you, consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, this option for tooth replacement is permanently anchored into the jaw itself, in which it acts as the tooth root. Dental implant surgery gives you the closest option available to having your natural teeth back again.
To qualify for dental implant surgery, you'll need to have healthy oral tissue and jawbone ridges that are in good shape. For people with a thinner or smaller jawbone, a CAT scan is typically needed to determine whether an implant is possible. In some cases, bone grafting is needed to add bone mass to the jaw. When the tooth replacement is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed, and the jawbone actually grows into the implant. It generally takes around six months for the tooth replacement to successfully fuse with the bone.
Once the implant area is fully healed, an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The purpose of the abutment is to hold the crown. The implant crown is finally placed and it looks as if you have your tooth back again.
Dr. Robert W. Kneib is one of only a few general dentists in the Erie area that places dental implants.
The following image is a panoramic x-ray taken of a patient who had six tooth replacements, all crowned with porcelain. This panoramic image below shows the final restoration.