Who is eligible for dental implants?


The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone who is in good general and oral health. In particular, you will need adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant and healthy gum tissue, free from periodontal disease. If you have questions about your eligibility, ask your doctor if you qualify.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?


A dental implant can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Implants look and function like a natural tooth
  • Patients maintain more natural biting and chewing
  • A single tooth can be replaced without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth
  • The bone of the jawbone and tooth root is better preserved
  • Implants are easier to keep clean than a bridge
  • Full mouth implants last longer than dentures

What can I expect during my procedure?


Your experience with dental implants will vary depending upon whether you are receiving a single implant or a full mouth restoration. However, during both procedures, you can expect to have multiple appointments. Over the course of these visits, the general process will include: preparation of the site, placement of the implant, and restoration of the implant. The timeframe for either process will vary from patient to patient, based upon your needs and rate of healing.

Who performs these services?


At Penn Dental Medicine, surgical placement of dental implants is performed by postdoctoral residents under the direct supervision of faculty specialists. Restoration of dental implants may be performed by postdoctoral residents or predoctoral students depending on the case complexity. All implant services are directly supervised by faculty from our school every step of the way, ensuring the highest quality service for our patients.

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