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Dental Implants – Uniontown, PA

The Last Tooth Replacement
You’ll Ever Need

When Edward L. Witek, Jr., DMD, MAGD provides care, he doesn’t want to just help a patient while they are in the chair, but rather ensure that they’ll have a strong and beautiful smile for decades to come. That’s why he loves dental implants. This tooth replacement solution provides the next best thing to natural teeth, and they’ve been shown to last for an average of 30 years (compared to the five to 10 years for regular bridges and dentures). If you’re ready to close the gaps in your smile for good, Dr. Witek can do exactly that with dental implants, and you can get started on the road to your renewed smile by giving us a call today.

Why Choose Edward L. Witek, Jr., DMD, MAGD 
for Dental Implants?

  • Over 40 Years of Experience Serving Uniontown
  • Start-to-Finish Implant Dentistry
  • State-of-the-Art Technology to Achieve Optimal Outcomes

What is a
Dental Implant?

Animated implant supported dental crown

Your teeth are made up of two main parts—the crown you can see, and the root hidden below the gum line. Most tooth replacements only bring back the crown, which is why they are much less stable than real teeth and wear down relatively quickly. Implants, however, restore the root as well. A small titanium post is placed into the jawbone where a tooth used to reside, and this provides support for a new crown, bridge, or denture. Right now, implants are the only treatment that replaces an entire tooth from top to bottom.

Benefits of
Dental Implants

Animated parts of a dental implant
  • Stability: Implants are held within the jawbone just like real teeth, so patients never have to worry about them moving out of place whenever they speak or eat.
  • Jawbone Preservation: The jawbone naturally starts to shrink after tooth loss, and regular bridges and dentures aren’t able to stop this. Implants actually stimulate the jawbone and prevent this from happening, creating a strong foundation for the remaining teeth that will prevent future tooth loss.
  • Lifelike Appearance: Topped with all-porcelain restorations, implants resemble natural teeth in every way imaginable, giving a patient the ability to smile with complete confidence.

Are Dental Implants
Right For You?

Older man and woman sharing smiles after dental implant restoration

No matter how many teeth you might be missing, dental implants can help. As long as you have good oral health and a strong enough jawbone to support the new tooth roots, Dr. Witek can use this treatment to bring back any number of teeth you desire.

Missing One Tooth

Implant supported dental crown restoration

Traditionally, replacing a single tooth would involve shaving down the nearby teeth to hold a bridge. With an implant, however, Dr. Witek can simply position a porcelain crown within the smile without disturbing the remaining dental structure at all. The crown will be color-matched to the surrounding teeth to create a seamless appearance.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Implant supported fixed bridge placement

Whether you are missing a few teeth in a row or several throughout your mouth, just one to three implants can be used to replace them all at once. They can anchor a bridge or partial denture to the jawbone to give these prosthetics much more strength and durability compared to their removable counterparts.

Missing All Teeth

Implant supported denture placement

Compared to regular dentures, implant-retained dentures fit better, look better, and bring back much more biting strength. This means a patient can enjoy many foods that are often considered “off-limits” for denture wearers, including grilled meats and fibrous fruits and vegetables.

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Start-to-Finish
Convenience

Group of older friends sharing smiles after dental implant tooth replacement

With decades of experience and over 1,000 hours of advanced training under his belt, Dr. Witek can perform every part of the dental implant procedure right in our Uniontown dental office. This is unlike other dental offices in the area where you’ll be forced to visit a specialist to have your implants placed. With us, you’ll be able to receive care from the doctor and team you know and trust throughout the entire process, taking all the stress out of rebuilding your smile.

Understanding the
Cost of Dental Implants

Older man and woman discussing dental implant tooth replacement costs

Dental implants in Uniontown can be a sizeable investment in your smile, but they are widely considered to be a wise one. Even though they tend to cost more upfront compared to removable bridges and dentures, they actually help patients save money in the long run because they don’t have to be replaced nearly as often. Typically, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000 for replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, with prices going up depending on how many teeth need to be recreated and restored. Since so many unique factors go into the final cost of dental implant treatment, we’ll be happy to give you a personalized estimate during your in-person consultation.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Patient and dentist discuss cost of dental implants in Uniontown

First, you may need to undergo a few preliminary treatments before you can be considered a good candidate for dental implants. Oral health issues like gum disease and neighboring decayed teeth can threaten the success of your dental implant, so you may need to pay for periodontal therapy or a tooth extraction before rebuilding your smile with dental implants.

Then, we can estimate the cost of your unique dental implant surgery. The cost of this step will depend on factors like where in the mouth your dental implants are being placed and what type of anesthesia you need during your procedure. Thankfully, Dr. Witek performs every step of the dental implant process right here in our Uniontown dental office, which saves you the time and cost of visiting an unfamiliar specialist.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dentist explain model of dental implants in Uniontown

The cost of dental implants is also influenced by which manufacturer makes them. Just like with cars or cell phones, the functionality and longevity of dental implants will vary slightly depending on the brand that makes them. Additionally, the type of material they’re made of, such as zirconia or titanium, will help determine the final cost. If you’d like to learn more about where your dental implant is coming from and the quality you can expect, just ask! We’re dedicated to providing fair and reasonable fees with no hidden surprises for our dental implant treatments.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

Closeup of dental implant in Uniontown being placed on model

Of course, the more teeth you’re replacing with dental implants, the higher your final cost will be. This is due simply to how much material is needed. For example, only a single dental implant post and restoration are needed to replace a missing tooth. However, replacing several missing teeth with a larger restoration like a bridge or partial and several implant posts will be more expensive. Thankfully, if you’re missing most or all your natural teeth, rebuilding your smile with an implant denture can be much more cost effective than six or more individual implant posts and crowns. During your consultation, Dr. Witek will review all your options to help you make the choice that’s best for you.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Insurance forms for how much do dental implants cost in Uniontown

It is highly unlikely that your dental insurance company will cover dental implant placement, but there is a chance they may agree to pay for certain parts of your treatment. For example, your dental insurance plan may cover a portion of your final restoration or a percentage of any needed preliminary treatments like periodontal therapy. It all depends on the unique details of your policy and how much of your annual maximum is left. Our experienced team will be happy to look over your dental insurance information to ensure your benefits are maximized and your out-of-pocket expenses are minimized.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Uniontown implant dentist calculating cost of dental implants in Uniontown

If you don’t have dental insurance or if your policy doesn’t adequately cover your treatment, that doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants. We’re pleased to offer third-party financing through CareCredit, which has flexible payment plans with low to no interest. To learn more about CareCredit, feel free to give us a call or apply for CareCredit via our patient resources.

Types of Dental Implants

The most prominent factor that determines how much your dental implant placement will cost is the type of restoration you will need, which is based on how many missing teeth will need to be replaced. Dental implants are a versatile solution, allowing you to replace one, multiple, or all your teeth along an arch. No matter if you require a dental crown, bridge, or implant-retained denture, your dentist in Uniontown can deliver natural, beautiful results to help restore your smile.

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

Because your treatment is completed in stages, you won’t need to worry about paying for all of it upfront. Instead, you can focus on each phase of treatment, allowing you to better plan and budget along the way.

The following stages each incur their own fees:

  • Initial Consultation: Your dentist will discuss whether you are eligible for treatment, capture dental imaging, and formulate a thorough treatment plan for your new implants.
  • Pre-Implant Procedures: Witek may recommend you undergo bone grafting, a sinus lift, periodontal therapy, or tooth extraction before having your dental implants put into place.
  • Surgical Placement: You’ll be pleased to have Dr. Witek perform the entire procedure in-house, providing anesthesia and sedation to ensure you are comfortable.
  • Abutments & Restoration: Once you are fully healed, you will return to have your metal abutments put into place before we secure your final restoration to the tops of your implants.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

If you want a solution that offers permanence, durability, greater functionality, and a longer-lasting smile, you cannot go wrong with dental implants. Considered the most superior form of restorative tooth replacement, it is true that dental implants are more costly than alternative options; however, they are much more cost-effective when you consider the regular replacements and adjustments needed for fixed bridges and dentures.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

It is highly unlikely that your dental insurance company will cover dental implant placement, but there is a chance they may agree to pay for certain parts of your treatment process (i.e. initial consultation, restoration). This decision is ultimately based on how much of your annual maximum is left. The good news is that you can also apply for flexible financing through CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low and no interest payment plans to help you stay within your budget while receiving the dental care you need. No matter your situation, our team is here to help you find a way to improve your smile while saving you the most money.

Maintaining & Caring
For Your Dental Implants

Older woman with dental implants in Uniontown, PA, speaking with dentist

Dental implants in Uniontown can be a sizeable investment in your smile, but they are widely considered to be a wise one. Even though they tend to cost more upfront compared to removable bridges and dentures, they actually help patients save money in the long run because they don’t have to be replaced nearly as often. Typically, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000 for replacing a single tooth with a dental implant, with prices going up depending on how many teeth need to be recreated and restored. Since so many unique factors go into the final cost of dental implant treatment, we’ll be happy to give you a personalized estimate during your in-person consultation.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

Putting toothpaste on a wooden toothbrush

When bacteria accumulates on and around your dental implant, it can cause a condition called peri-implantitis that closely resembles gum disease. Peri-implantitis can cause the bone anchoring the implant in place to break down, completely compromising the post. Keep the implant and the surrounding gum tissue safe by brushing two times every day and flossing daily. We recommend rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwash on a regular basis as well to kill the harmful organisms that you overlooked.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Man with dental implants in Uniontown, PA about to eat an apple

You can eat almost anything you want with dental implants, but the more important question is, what should you eat? Try to limit the amount of candy, chips, and sweets you eat. The sugar and starch they contain can cause a lot of trouble for dental implants. On the other hand, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and other healthy foods can help you protect your implants. Try to focus on foods that contain a lot of vitamin C or calcium that directly contribute to a healthier mouth and jawbone.

Break Bad Habits

Woman with dental implants in Uniontown, PA holding an ice cube

Habits that increase your risk of an oral infection or put excessive strain and pressure on implant posts should be avoided. You should never:

  • Smoke or use any sort of tobacco products
  • Chew on pencils, fingernails, or anything else that’s hard and inedible
  • Use your teeth like tools, such as to open packages
  • Bite down on ice, hard candy, and other overly hard foods not meant to be chewed

Take whatever steps are necessary to break bad habits today. For example, people who habitually chew their fingernails find that chewing on sugarless gum instead tends to help.

Protect Your Dental Implants

Man with dental implants in Uniontown, PA putting in a mouthguard

If we find signs that you grind your teeth at night, you should get a mouthguard as soon as possible to keep your implant safe. The mouthguard will act as a barrier between the teeth so that they don’t rub against each other, keeping them safe while you sleep. Athletic mouthguards are available as well and should be worn whenever you play sports or participate in any other sort of physical activity that carries a risk of getting hit in the mouth or falling down and hitting your jawbone.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

Woman with dental implants in Uniontown, PA leaning back in dental chair

Every six months, you should return to our office so that we can check on your implants. Any plaque or tartar buildup that you’ve overlooked will be removed, and we will check for warning signs and symptoms of implant failure. Addressing these issues early saves time and money down the line.

Dental Implant FAQs

While dental implants are extremely versatile, they can be confusing at first if you’re only just now learning about them. The good news is Dr. Witek is happy to answer all of your questions regarding dental implant treatment, no matter how basic they might be. He hopes to make you feel confident in your future tooth replacement, so feel free to read through the most common questions our practice receives! If you have additional questions, please call us directly to set up an in-office consultation.

How do I know if dental implants are right for me?

When you first arrive for your consultation, Dr. Witek and his team will perform a detailed examination of your mouth, current bone volume and gum tissue to ensure you are eligible for treatment. While you need to have good oral health and sufficient bone volume so the implants can properly integrate, it’s also important that you have good gum health. This will allow the gum tissue to effectively heal around the implant once it has been placed.

Will my dental implants withstand the test of time?

Every patient is unique, but dental implants are designed to last for a very long time when placed by a professional. Not only are they long-lasting, but they are clinically proven to have very high success rates, typically falling between 95 and 98 percent. Of course, if you do not practice proper oral care or use tobacco products of any kind, that can cause damage to the organic tissue responsible for keeping your dental implants in place.

Is treatment safe to complete?

Because Dr. Witek completes all necessary planning phases of your dental implant treatment ahead of time, you can expect your treatment to not only be safe, but a complete and total success. Dr. Witek has over 40 years of experience in the dental field and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education, many of them focused on dental implants. If you’re looking for someone who isn’t going to perform implant treatment until they’ve done everything possible to make your surgery predictable, it’s Dr. Witek!

How do I take care of them?

Dental implants can be treated just like natural teeth are, all the way down to your oral care routine. As long as you brush twice a day using fluoridated toothpaste, floss once a day (especially around the implant crown), visit his office once every six months for an exam and cleaning, avoid tobacco products, wear protective mouthguards when necessary, and avoid chewing on hard inedible objects, your implant can easily last for life.

Does it hurt to receive dental implants?

Not at all. While there is minor soreness following the end of your oral surgery (which is common regardless of whether or not you’re receiving dental implants), your surgical site and surrounding gum tissue is completely numbed prior to the implant being placed. We’ll make sure to go over your aftercare instructions in greater detail as we get closer to your appointment date, so you know exactly what to expect moving forward.