Dental Implants • Cranberry Township
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium — the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
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Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Hitchan is able to place single-stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction — further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Hitchan performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
Please read testimonials from our patients about their experiences at Cranberry Oral Surgery. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hitchan, please call our Cranberry Township office at Cranberry Township Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 724-779-7999
Cranberry Oral Surgery
Patient Testimonial by Julia S
Very good experience and happy with the results
- Julia S
Patient Testimonial by James M
Dr. Hitchan's knowledge, skill, and personal care quickly eased my anxiety about oral surgery. His select and well-trained staff and his office and setting added to a sense of trust and peace with each visit. Instead of dreading appointments, I actually looked forward to them! My extraction, bone graft, and implant went remarkably well, and I highly recommend this extraordinary doctor to any oral surgery patient.
- James M
Patient Testimonial by Mary Ann D
Dr. Hitchan was a compassionate and kind surgeon! I have been to several dentists because of my dental issues and I have never seen such state-of-the-art options for bone grafting and socket preservation. Dr. Hitchan's demeanor, bed side manner, and professionalism was outstanding and his work- impeccable. I'm only a few days out from surgery and my surgical site looks really great and the pain is minimal. The doctor even called me himself the night of the surgery to see how I was doing! I would recommend him to anyone who is considering dental implants. I'll be going back for more restorative work.
- Mary Ann D