For Your Health, For Yourself
A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth, and is a permanent solution for patients who want to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Here are some of the comments we hear from our patients:
Whether you’ve suffered tooth loss due to aging, trauma, or poor oral hygiene, our doctors will examine you to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. If you are, we guide you through the process, making sure you are comfortable at every step of the way while we restore your beautiful smile.
It is a matter of aesthetics and health. Implants create a better chewing function and patients are then able to eat a more varied and nutritious diet with the comfort of having a permanent solution.
“Patients choose implants because it is the longest lasting solution for almost all tooth loss problems,” says Dr. John Reckner. “Patients really understand that implants prevent damage to their surrounding healthy teeth.”
And implants preserve the vertical dimension of the bite. Without this support a patient can run the risk of developing facial muscular pain, which is called TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction). Dr. Reckner specializes in treating TMJD, which if left untreated can lead to headaches, dizziness, and even ringing in the ears.
Implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth with the restorations ranging from crowns to bridges to dentures. As far as age goes, we can place implants in adult patients who are 18 to 90+ years old, and take special care with elderly patients who may have age-related health concerns.
“Some younger patients can be missing one or two adult teeth from birth,” says Dr. Reckner. “In combination with orthodontics we are asked to move teeth into the correct position, and then restore missing teeth with beautiful implants when they reach adulthood.”
After a planning and examination visit, the patient can expect the process to take as little as three visits over the course of 3 to 9 months.
We use several world-class implant systems including Keystone and Straumann® and choose the best design for each individual patient. Using different systems and Treatment Studio Software allows implants even in patients with little bone.
With the use of our i-CAT scanner, we are able to select the very best location for placing and restoring implants properly. “With our i-CAT scanner, we evaluate a patient’s comprehensive 3-D image including all nerves, spaces, sinuses and bone,” says Dr. G. Reinhart. “Then we can use Treatment Studio Software to virtually place any implant into a patient’s i-Cat Scan. This information allows us to accurately determine where implants may be successfully placed. When we place an implant it is with experience, skill and precision.”
Implants can be placed immediately following extraction of the tooth while the patient is still numb, or they are placed in a space where a tooth had been lost. Once the implant integrates, patients return to have their brand new implant restoration placed to fill the space. Currently, the surgical visit and the placing of the implant restoration is done at both offices.
Dr. R. Todd Weaver, Dr. John Reckner, and Dr. George Reinhart have been restoring and placing implants for many years. They are gentle, kind, and have the support of our highly-skilled team of hygienists and dental assistants.
They all are proud alums of Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Weaver, Dr. Reckner and Dr. Tracy Reinhart have earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (F.A.G.D.), an award given for post-graduate continuing dental education. Dr. George Reinhart is a Diplomat in the International Implant Association.
“It feels great to give our patients a beautiful smile with a well-functioning tooth,” says Dr. Reckner. “And it’s an even better feeling to see our patients very pleased with the results as it lasts year after year.”