Dental Implants Specialist

Thomas J. Stern, DMD

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA

Missing teeth can be embarrassing and cause you to hide your smile. Thomas J. Stern, DMD, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, knows the hardships of a missing tooth and provides dental implants so patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly. Dental implants can restore missing teeth in a natural and beautiful way. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny, titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jaw, where they function as artificial tooth roots.

Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, so the implants actually fuse with your jawbone. Once fused, a dental implant provides a reliable foundation for a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

As a restorative procedure, implants have a number of benefits, including:

  • Better strength and functioning than suction dentures
  • Doesn't require removing enamel from neighboring teeth, like bridges
  • Natural-feeling, because they mimic the structure of a natural tooth
  • Easy to care for

The biggest difference between dental implants and other restorative procedures, however, is that dental implants provide stimulation to your jawbone. 

This prevents the bone loss generally associated with missing teeth and keeps your facial muscles from atrophying and sagging into the spaces left by your missing teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Dr. Stern takes an X-ray of your mouth to see if you have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw to support dental implants.

If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue, you can still receive dental implants but need a bone graft. If he identifies any cavities or signs of gum disease, he treats it prior to the dental implant procedure.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

Dr. Stern first takes an impression of your mouth to create your new restoration in the dental lab. They are made to match the size, shape, and color of your surrounding teeth.

Dr. Stern numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, then makes a small incision in your gum and places the implant in your jaw. He stitches up the incision site and sends you home to heal. Your jaw and the implant fuses together over the next few months in a process called “osseointegration.”

Once your implant fuses, you return to the office and Dr. Stern attaches your abutment, a small post that’s affixed to the implant, and places your restoration. 

Dr. Stern also provides dental implant restoration.

To schedule an appointment, call Thomas J. Stern, DMD, or book online today.