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Dental Implants – Harrisburg, PA

The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

When it comes to rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, dental implants are simply the best solution available today. They can be used to replace missing front and back teeth, stabilize a loose denture, and even build an entirely new smile.

At Klein Family Dentistry, we can perform both the placement and restoration of dental implants in our office, and our patients appreciate the convenience of having everything done in one location. Our dental implant team is dedicated to providing you with the best-looking and best-feeling teeth possible. Whether it is a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire mouthful, Dr. Gary Klein will make sure you feel comfortable throughout the entire process of getting your smile back. Simply call us today to learn more about how dental implants in Harrisburg can give you a full and complete smile again!

Why Choose Klein Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants Placed & Restored In-House
  • 3D-Printed Surgical Guides Used for Precise Dental Implant Placement
  • Several Flexible Financing Options Available

What Are Dental Implants?

model of how dental implants in Harrisburg work

A dental implant is a small, titanium post. When inserted below the gum line, the dental implant fuses with the jaw and gums, mimicking the lost tooth roots. Directly following the surgical implantation process, a protective cap is placed over the top of the implant post. Once the post has fused with the jawbone, patients return so we can attach an abutment piece. Once the abutments are attached, we’ll capture impression of the bite that will be used by a lab to craft the dental restoration (replacement tooth or teeth) that will attach to the abutments.

Because dental implants are made of a biocompatible material that essentially becomes part of your jawbone, they provide a more reliable and lasting foundation for your new pearly whites. Most dentists, including Dr. Klein, agree that dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth.


The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

dentist placing a crown on a model of a dental implant

While getting dental implants requires multiple appointments that span several months, this high-quality tooth replacement solution is well worth the wait. After all, they can last 30+ years or even a lifetime with the right care! Plus, Dr. Klein can handle every step of the dental implant process right here in our Harrisburg office. Everyone’s dental implant journey will vary slightly, but here are the four basic steps you’ll go through:

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

dental implant being placed in the lower jaw

In most cases, you’re a candidate for dental implants if you have good oral and general health; however, you’ll still need a thorough consultation to ensure they are right for you. We’ll perform a comprehensive exam to assess your dental health. We will also discuss your medical and lifestyle history to ensure there are minimal risk factors for complications. A CT scan will be taken to allow us to examine your oral structures for any potential issues that might be lingering below the surface, such as infection or bone loss. Based on the results of the examination, you may need additional procedures before your placement surgery, like bone grafting.

Dental Implant Surgery

dental implant with abutment and crown

After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’re scheduled for your placement surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your gum tissue is opened to gain access to your jaw. Small holes are drilled into pre-determined locations in your bone to allow titanium posts to be inserted. Your gum tissue is stitched closed, and you’ll spend the next several months healing.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

two dental implant posts that will support a dental bridge

The implant posts will act as new tooth roots, stimulating your jaw to encourage bone growth. Over the next three to six months, your bone will integrate with the posts, providing a stable foundation for your restorations. With the right care, your dental implants can stay in place forever.

Once your jaw has healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach abutments to the posts. They are connector pieces between your implant and your restoration. The procedure in relatively minor. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the implant posts. After the abutments are in place, your gum tissue will heal around them over the next couple of weeks.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

dental implant fusing to the jawbone

As your gum tissue heals, the dental lab will be hard at work making your replacement teeth. Your restorations are made to meet your exact specifications from all-ceramic material. They will match the color, size, and shape you need to look and feel natural. You can chew, speak, and smile confidently knowing your new teeth are close replicas of your real ones. Your restorations will experience daily wear and tear, so they will need to be replaced about every 10 years.


Benefits of Dental Implants

dentist showing a patient a dental implant model

With over 120 million people missing at least one permanent tooth, it’s no surprise that countless patients are choosing dental implants in Harrisburg to restore the function and appearance of their smiles. Not only does this modern treatment have countless benefits to offer, but it’s unique structure a process compared to traditional tooth replacement treatments truly sets it apart from any other restoration. Learn how this advanced procedure has the ability to change every aspect of your life, from your social interactions to completing everyday tasks.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • It’s no surprise that having a complete smile can boost your confidence and help you feel more comfortable in social settings, like getting together with your coworkers for drinks or going on a blind date. With a smile that you feel proud to show off, you can go about your daily life without the constant looming anxiety of what other’s think about your grin.
  • Have you ever tried to chew a piece of steak with traditional dentures? It’s virtually impossible. With a secure foundation of dental implants for your dentures, you can eat all of your favorite foods with ease.
  • Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants are simple to care for. Just brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your implant dentist in Harrisburg every six months for a checkup and cleaning!

Health Benefits

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  • It may come as a surprise that your oral health is so intertwined with your overall wellness, but that’s the case! People who don’t replace their missing teeth are at a higher risk of developing other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more.
  • Having enhanced chewing ability doesn’t just satisfy your tastebuds because you’ll get to eat all of your favorite foods. It also helps your body absorb nutrition from foods that it needs to remain healthy!
  • Some patients who have traditional restorations that don’t fit their mouths properly, like ill-fitting dentures, suffer from sores, sensitivity, and other uncomfortable effects. With implant dentures, because the restoration is attached to a secure base in your mouth, you don’t have to worry about slipping and shifting that can cause uncomfortable oral wounds.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • When a tooth goes missing, the root of it, which is a key structure attached to the jawbone, also gets removed. Over the years, this area of the jawbone won’t receive the necessary stimulation and blood flow that it needs to continue growing. Even with traditional dentures, it will begin to shrink and change the overall structure of the face. Because dental implants are able to undergo the osseointegration process (fusion with the jawbone), your jawbone won’t deteriorate.
  • Studies have shown that dental implants have the ability to last 35+ years with routine maintenance, while traditional dentures and bridges only last between five and seven. Although they have a higher up-front price tag, dental implants are considerably more cost-effective and can save your wallet down the road.
  • Dental implants boast an impressive 95% average success rate, even 10 years after their placement. This means that you can trust that your investment won’t be in vain.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

dental implant with crown next to a natural tooth

Undoubtedly, dental implants are the most versatile tooth loss treatment. They can be used to replace any number of missing teeth:

Missing One Tooth

For a single missing tooth, we’ll replace it using an implant-retained crown. This crown will be made entirely of dental porcelain, which is an extremely durable material that can be sculpted to perfectly mimic a tooth’s shape, size, color, and even feel. Since it will be held in place under the gums just like your other teeth, the only person who will know that it isn’t real will be you!

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you have multiple missing teeth in a row, we can also use dental implants to anchor a bridge. We’ll place implant-retained crowns on either side of the gap in your smile, and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth that seamlessly fill in the space. Compared to traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges last longer, look better, and don’t require any of your healthy teeth to be filed down to hold supporting crowns.

Missing All Teeth

Are you missing quite a few teeth, or do you have a set of dentures that slip, slide, and irritate your gums? If so, you could definitely benefit from implant dentures. These prosthetics look just like their traditional counterparts, but they have a multitude of advantages:

  • Since they are held in place using dental implants, they will never slip, slide, pop, or click.
  • The underlying support of the implants will keep your jaw healthy and strong, which in addition to making you look younger, will also help your dentures maintain their fit for much longer.
  • They’ll allow for a much stronger bite force. This is important because you will be able to eat a wider variety of foods, most importantly healthy ones. Denture wearers typically have to avoid things like cooked meats and fibrous vegetables, which are essential to any diet, and this often leads to malnutrition and even premature death. With implant dentures, you’ll not only be able to enjoy your favorite foods, but a longer, healthier life as well. 

All-on-4

With All-on-4, we can restore an entire row of missing teeth in just one day. How, might you ask?

Using just four strategically placed implants, we can give you a full denture. This method is great for those who are missing all of their teeth, top or bottom, as well as those who have jawbones that are not strong enough to support traditional implant dentures (which normally require six to eight posts).

With this treatment, we can often place and restore the implants in just one day. Two posts will be located at the front of the jaw (where the bone is naturally thicker), and two will be placed on either side at the back of the jaw at an angle to help them give maximum support. This will provide enough strength to hold a full denture in place. Patients are amazed at what we can do in a single day, and often, their only regret is that they didn’t do it sooner!

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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The cost of dental implant tooth replacement plans will vary dramatically from patient to patient. To replace just one tooth using a dental implant supported dental crown, price can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on materials, manufacturers, and a variety of other factors. The best way to prepare for the cost of your dental implant plan is to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment in our state-of-the-art Harrisburg dental office. During these consultation and treatment planning appointments, we’ll review each stage of your treatment plan and partner with you to plan for the cost of care. If you have questions or want to schedule a dental implant tooth replacement consultation, call the Klein Family Dentistry team today.

Preparatory Treatments

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The first part of your treatment plan that should be considered is the need for preparatory services. This could include, repairing damaged dental structures around the lost tooth or teeth or providing periodontal therapy for gum disease sufferers. More advanced preparatory treatments, like tooth extractions and bone or gum tissue grafts, may also be needed to ensure successful implant placement.

The Cost of Dental Implant Posts

dentist treating a patient

The main portion of the cost of your implant tooth replacement plan will be the price of your dental implants and their surgical placement. One dental implant post, prior to placement or restoration, can range in price between $500 and $3,000 or more. We’ll walk you through your dental implant options and help you to find the ideal solution to ensure the success of your implant placement procedure.

The Replacement Tooth or Teeth

dentist showing a patient their X-rays

Finally, the cost of your dental crown, bridge, or denture will impact the overall price of treatment. Luckily, these restorations typically receive between 50 and 70% coverage under traditional dental insurance plans.

Dental Insurance Coverage & Financing Options

dental implant lying on top of a stack of money

Our knowledgeable team members partner with you to create a personalized treatment plan, and we will also partner with you to budget for the out-of-pocket costs of treatment. If you have traditional dental insurance coverage, our team members will process and file your claims to ensure you receive maximum coverage. While most insurers do not offer benefits for the cost of dental implant posts or their placement, other aspects of treatment are covered, including many preparatory procedures, replacement teeth, and dental sedation in some cases.

If you don’t have access to traditional insurance, our team offers an in-house savings plan. For members of our in-house dental savings plan, implant services are offered at a 10% discount. To split the cost of care into more manageable payments, we often work with third-party financiers like CareCredit to provide patients with low- or no-interest financing options.


Dental Implant Technology

patient admiring his smile in a mirror

In order to ensure a completely integrated, effective dental implant-supported tooth replacement plan, we utilize all the latest dental technologies, including 3D CT cone beam scans to create a flawless view of the entire jaw, surgical sites, and more. We can use these comprehensive images to clearly see the shape, size, and position of every part of your tooth, leading to a clear and accurate surgical guide to ensure successful dental implant placement, so your restoration will last.

Digital Dentistry Integration

dental implant being placed in the lower jaw

The key to streamlining dental implant placement and restoration is utilizing digital technologies. In addition to capturing digital photos and X-rays, we also use integrative software that allows us to incorporate all of these separate images into one complete restorative dentistry plan. When we take traditional and 3D X-rays, we can utilize our advanced digital tools to combine these images and create a comprehensive treatment plan that completely integrates every step of the most complex treatment plans.

3D CT Cone Beam Scanner

dentist examining a patient’s mouth

One of our digital technologies is the state-of-the-art 3D CT cone beam scanner. Like X-rays, these digital images allow us to see the interior structures of your teeth, gums, jawbones, and other surrounding structures. The difference between a CT scan and a traditional X-ray is that we can see the height and depth of oral and facial structures in order to plan for complex procedures, like dental implant placement, more precisely.

3D-Printed Surgical Guides

woman getting a dental X-ray taken

One of the most important technologies we use is our 3D printer. Our team can utilize the 3D printer when creating custom oral appliances like nightguards to prevent damage from unconscious teeth grinding and clenching. We also use the 3D printer to create dental implant surgical guides. These plastic pieces are positioned within the mouth during implant placement to ensure we position your dental implant post in the ideal place, improving the chances for successful implantation and ensuring complete fusion with the supportive jawbone and gum tissue. We maximize existing bone density and make sure we don’t interfere with healthy nerve structures. 3D-printed surgical guides allow our team to simplify even the most complex dental implant placement procedure.