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Dental Implant Restorations and Repairs

DR. JOHNSON PROVIDES DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATIONS

Implant restorations are used in cases when a tooth is unrestorable and removing the tooth is the only option. We work closely with our local Oral Surgeons to ensure a favorable result. An Oral Surgeon places a titanium implant. After adequate healing, the patient returns to us for the permanent crown and the abutment, the portion that connects the crown to the implant. In this way, functionality is restored, and the patient gets a strong and resilient permanent replacement tooth that is not susceptible to decay. Family Dental Care provides every patient with the very best dental care in the most supportive and nurturing manner possible, striving to provide the highest standard of personalized dental care most gently and efficiently as possible.

HOW DO I KNOW I NEED AN IMPLANT RESTORATION?

For some people, an implant is a great way to replace an unrestorable or missing tooth. Is choosing to receive implant restoration always the right choice? When it is possible that a tooth can be repaired or restored, it should be. Each situation is evaluated carefully as to whether an implant is the ideal option for that patient. In most cases, alternative options for replacing a missing tooth are given. But in some cases, the implant is the most favorable, long-term solution. Additionally, the stability of your implant depends on your bone being healthy and strong.

UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS AN IMPLANT THE BEST OPTION?

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Rather than not restoring the tooth at all and leaving a space, an implant would be the best choice because a missing tooth can cause movement of the adjacent teeth and the opposing tooth to erupt past the plane of the bite. Also, an implant may be the better option than a fixed bridge when you are missing a tooth and the supporting teeth do not have any fillings or restorations. Implants prevent the removal of the natural tooth structure while preventing any possible damage to the supporting teeth. If you or anyone you know is dealing with a missing permanent tooth, call Family Dental Care and schedule an appointment to learn how we can help keep your teeth, gums, and tissue healthy.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN DENTAL IMPLANT RESTORATIONS?

Dental implant restorations are an ideal way to replace missing teeth in most cases. Family Dental Care also encounters a variety of patients who have been without some of their teeth for quite some time or just recently suffered an injury to the mouth. After the titanium implant has had time to integrate with the bone, a custom-designed crown is fitted over the abutment, or attachment to the implant, for the final restoration. After a detailed consultation, Dr. Johnson and the staff at Family Dental Care make it our goal to provide you and all of our clients with dental implant restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.

Patients, Parents, and Guardians

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some pretreatment screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again immediately before you come into the office and update your health history.
  • In order to limit the number of people in the reception area, upon arrival in the parking lot please call the office at 814-899-0602 to check in.  A treatment room will have already been set up for you and we will call your cell to let you know when to proceed into the office.
  • An associate will take your temperature prior to leaving the reception area and then you will be escorted to your treatment room immediately.
  • Please wear a mask on entering the building, just as you would any other place of business at this time.
  • We have hand sanitizer in the entryway that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Also, the waiting area will be used minimally if at all.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. Unfortunately, that will mean that you will be offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment than previously.
  • We will will allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any given time.  At the same time, we have many, many patients who have been waiting months for care and a balance will have to be made between limiting office capacity and restricting access to urgent dental care. Of course, we will do our very best to serve your dental needs.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 814-899-0602 or visit our website at www.fdcoferie.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,
Dr. Nicole S. Johnson, DMD and the Family Dental Care, PC Staff