Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

Exploring the Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implants

The dental implant represents a truly revolutionary advancement in the oral health field. Comprised of a man-made root built to secure an artificial tooth replacement, dental implants really are an answer to the prayers of those who have suffered embarrassing tooth loss due to periodontal disease, mouth trauma, or illness. A dental implant dentist uses two main types of implants: the endosteal variety and the subperiosteal type:

  • Endosteal (“in the bone”) implants are more common than other options, and are comprised of blades, cylinders, or screws that are placed directly into the jawbone. Each implant has the ability to secure at least one artificial tooth, and it is possible to replace a large number of missing teeth all at once. These implants are popular alternatives for people who have previously worn bridges or conventional dentures.
  • Subperiosteal implants are set on top of the jaw rather than into it, allowing the posts to protrude through gums to grab hold of the artificial tooth. These are the best dental implants for individuals who for one reason or another cannot wear traditional dentures and who lack the bone height necessary for endosteal applications.

The best candidate for dental implants is someone who is healthy in a general sense as well as in terms of their oral health. Sufficient bone material must be present in order to provide necessary support for the dental implant itself. Healthy gum tissue that shows no sign of periodontal disease is also essential.

The procedure for dental implants is different for everyone and is the result of coordinated collaboration between patient, dentist, and periodontist, who will together determine the best dental implants for each individual. Depending on the extent of the work required, additional procedures such as ridge modification and sinus augmentation may be necessary.

After dental implants are in place, they require much the same care and maintenance as natural teeth. Brushing and flossing must continue on a normal schedule and routine dental visits are a must. In addition, specialized examinations will be scheduled periodically to ensure the integrity and longevity of the implants.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of West Chester, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of West Chester.

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Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
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The folks at Gentle Dental are professional and friendly.
Anonymous
Caring, patient treatment. Answered all of my questions and kept me apprised of what was going on. Friendly, excellent and painless care. Very good!
Daniel M.
polite and painless
Douglas L.
Great folks to be around during a trip to the dentist. Everything went perfectly! I was in and out before I knew it.
Chris T.
very through
Beverly J.
Great dentist, very personable and put me at ease right away. And that's saying something since you usually have to gas me before I'd let you near me.
Dusty T.
I was taken on time. Service was quick and painless. I had a filling done and a cleaning the previous week. Everyone from the receptionist to the […]
Al K.
Still amazing! Dr. Penfil and Laura! They are awesome!
Jacqueline W.
Most professional, friendly and accomodating.
Frank P.
Dr. Valentine is very very nice and very patient with me I know I can be a difficult patient at times. I am thankful to her and her staff
Carolyn B.
Dr. Valentine is great!
Sean P.
As always, I had a great visit.
Lucy D.
Always on time for appointments and very friendly staff.
Anonymous
treatment was very gentle
Anonymous
They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
Elwood C.
Fast, great service from friendly staff.
Anonymous
Both excellent dental care and an efficient and informative office staff and administrative system.
Douglas S.
Everyone at Gentle Dental is professional and polite. Dr. Valentine checked out my situation and provided me with her professional opinion and […]
John R.
Painless!
Sharon R.
I was very pleased with Dr. Valentine's professional work. She always makes me feel very comfortable!
Joseph Y.
Dr Penfill is awesome!!
David G.
Excellent service and great advice.
Lee T.
Difficult situation worked out very well so far.
Michael S.
Fast and painless tooth extraction
Chris N.
Dr. Valentine is very personable, and truly seems to care. She makes sure that you see your X-rays in order to understand exactly what may be an […]
Thomas S.
Excellent service and professional staff.
Rebecca A.
very good dentist would recommend to anyone.
Elwood C.
I have been treated with respect from the front desk, Dentist to the paying of my bill. This is from a life long dentist hater who is no longer in […]
Nancy H.
I had a great experience. Thank you
Regina G.
Dr Valentine continues to be the best dentist I've seen. Quick, painless, efficient. Couldn't be happier.
Bret R.
Always a good experience
James K.
Friendly, accommodating, and most importantly the work that's been done on my teeth is fantastic. I could ask for anything more in a practice.
Wesley W.
Every one is so nice and they make you feel comfortable !!
Pamela J.
This is my first visit. The staff is very nice on the phone and in person. I really like Dr. Valentine. She is thorough,caring of my needs and made […]
Susan F.
As always, everyone that works at Gentle Dental West Chester are awesome.
Lucy D.
Dr Penfill is very, very thorough
David G.
Made me feel comfortable and people were friendly
Pamela J.
I have been seeing Dr. Penfil for over 25 years and highly recommend this dentist!
Anonymous
You guys were awesome !
Matthew R.
Very accommodating
James K.
As always, everyone in the West Chester office are awesome!
Lucy D.
I had a good experience this past Friday. I had 2 teeth extracted by Dr. Valentine. She did a great job. She is very nice and professional at the […]
Patricia D.
I was able to get in the same day for a broken filling replacement. I was explained my options to fix the tooth along with the financial impact […]
Curt L.
I have finally found a dentist (Dr. Valentine) who is absolutely amazing. She is professional, sincere and efficient. I never leave her office […]
Melinda A.
Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
It was pleasurable.
Maria M.
Extremely kind. Great customer service. They were able to schedule me in for an emergency appointment the same day I called.
Mike C.
Great service and everyone was extremely helpful and informative.
Sean P.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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