Dental Implants near Wheeling, WV

Dental Implants | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth?

Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your doctor surgically places in the jawbone.

Dental Implants, The Best Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly, and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems. Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often affect adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges, and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every 7-15 years.

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Today there is another option for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that your doctor surgically places in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegratio,” dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth,” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.

After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by doctors in the United States continue to function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those first dental implants are still satisfied that they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

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Anatomy of a Dental Implant

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A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts:

  • The titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone
  • The abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line
  • The crown, which is created and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.

Many people who are missing a single tooth opt for a fixed bridge; but a bridge may require the cutting down of healthy, adjacent teeth that may or may not need to be restored in the future. Then there is the additional cost of possibly having to replace the bridge once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime. Similarly, a removable partial denture may contribute to the loss of adjacent teeth. Studies show that within five to seven years there is a failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture.

Further, conventional dentures may contribute to the loss of bone in the area where teeth are missing. As illustration (a) indicates, the presence of natural teeth preserves the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, as in illustration (b), the bone may erode and weaken until it may be necessary for your doctor to graft bone to the area to strengthen it for placement of a dental implant. When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion, or osseointegration, of the implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did.

Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV
Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you may still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that come with dental implants. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Your replacement teeth will be attached to the implants to allow excellent function and prevent bone loss. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss.

With an overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants vs. Conventional Dentures

Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

Many patients who have selected dental implants describe a quality of life that is much more comfortable and secure than the lifestyle endured by those with fixed bridges or removable dentures. Dentures often make a person feel and look older than they are, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.

When they count the benefits they enjoy as a result of their dental implants, patients say their implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better… they look better… they live better.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you.

With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:

Existing Medical Conditions.

If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.

Gum Disease or Problem Teeth.

Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.

Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures.

Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.


Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.

Bone Loss

Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Doctors are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan.

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Dr. Wylie Credentials

Dr. Wylie has over 20 years of experience providing the Wheeling area with the highest dental care, read more about Dr. Wylie and his qualifications. He also continues to learn and further his expertise within the field of dental implants to ensure he provides the best care to all of his patients. Pictured is Dr. Wylie after completing an intensive MaxiCourse on Dental Implants.
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“The experience was really great; they are wonderful, the staff was wonderful, the procedure was no pain, it was very smooth, it was just a great experience overall. My dental implants have made it so enjoyable to eat. I rate the staff a 10+ they are efficient, friendly and they make you feel like family. Dr. Wylie is one of the best in the valley; he is friendly, caring and professional. I feel more confident and all my friends and family say I have a wonderful smile and I owe this all the Dr. Wylie. I would recommend to anyone to get dental implants from Dr. Wylie.”

Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

Wylie Dental Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Near Wheeling, WV

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