Dental Implants

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.

Dental Implants Presentation

Please remember all of the procedures described here are surgical procedures. These surgical procedures are best performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental specialists who are fully trained in all of these surgical procedures. Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle and Dr. Steinkeler are all fully trained and experienced in these surgical procedures. All doctors in our practice are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia, and have also earned both a medical and a dental degree.

Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area where all of the surgeons have both their medical and dental degrees, and are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia, and in which all of our surgical facilities are fully accredited by the Joint Commission. You can be assured that Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care.

For more information about Dental Implants or to make an appointment with Dr. Schelkun, Dr. Kienle or Dr. Steinkeler, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Warminster Office Phone Number 215-672-6560.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants themselves are titanium posts which are inserted into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. These titanium anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone by Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler, your oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong, permanent foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant which extends up through the gum tissue. These posts provide stable anchors for prosthetic replacement teeth, caps or crowns placed by your primary dentist. Dental implants are a team process. The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon performs the surgical phase, placing the dental implants into the bone. Then your primary dentist does the dental phase placing the teeth on top of the implants.

Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Current state of the art techniques allow almost anyone who is missing a tooth to be a candidate for dental implants. Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have the experience and knowledge to provide anyone with the opportunity to have dental implants. Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler have over 50 years of combined experience reconstructing patients with dental implants. However, certain patients (such as smokers and head and neck cancer and radiation patients) can have an increased incidence of implant difficulties and failures. Special procedures may be necessary when Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler treat these patients.

Drs. Schelkun, Kienle and Steinkeler work directly with you and your primary dentist to develop a personalized dental implant treatment plan.  They use many different dental implant systems to accommodate a multitude of treatment plans or preferences. These dental implant systems include Straumann, Biomet 3i, Zimmer, Nobel and Keystone. Other systems can also be utilized depending on the patient and dentist preference.