Dental Implants Can Do For You
implants are so natural looking and feeling, you may forget you
ever lost a tooth. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are
actually more tooth saving than traditional crowns and bridgework,
since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support:
Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial
Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
An option for tooth replacement
Dental implant are now one of the most exciting and innovative
ways to replace one or several missing teeth. Endosseous or root
form dental implants have been used in dentistry for over 30 years,
new designs and techniques have helped to make dental implants a
predictable method of tooth replacement. The implant is shaped like
a small cylinder that is usually made of a material (usually titanium)
that is very compatible with the body. The implant mimics the root
of a natural tooth. With an intermediate post that extends through
the gums, the implant can support a crown. Dental implants can be
used to replace a single missing tooth, to replace multiple missing
teeth, or to stabilize poor fitting full or partial denture.
is a Candidate?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants. An ideal
candidate should be in good general health, and have an adequate
amount of bone to support the dental implant. Before we can make
a decision to see if dental implants can be an option, We will complete
a thorough dental examination in which we will review your medical
history, check your periodontal condition, and focus on your teeth
and bone. We may also request special computer generated radiographs
that will help us select the optimal size implant for your particular
situation. Once all of this data is collected, your dentist and
Dr. Weinstein will consult with you regarding your implant options,
risks and benefits of treatment, and alternatives to treatment.
Implants Successful? How long will they Last?
As with any procedure dealing with living bone and natural
functions, there can be no guarantee. Current implant technology
has allowed us to maintain a success rate of about 90%. Since implants
have been used and maintained in-patients for the past 30 years,
they may last a lifetime. In addition to good oral hygiene, the
ideal dental implant patient should be committed to a routine of
maintenance and follow up to ensure the health of the implant and
the surrounding tissue.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metallic cylinders, shaped like the
roots of natural teeth that are surgically placed into the jawbone
as a substitute for the natural tooth roots. The material of the
implants is usually titanium or other bone-like substances that
are very compatible with the body. Dental implants serve as anchors
to the new replacement teeth which are attached to the part of the
implant that projects through the gums. While high-tech in nature,
dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional
bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for
support. Dental implants are so natural looking and feeling you
may forget you ever lost a tooth.
should have dental implants, am I a candidate?
Almost anyone who has lost one or more natural teeth can benefit
from dental implants. The ideal candidate for a dental implant is
in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed
to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum
tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Dental implants have
been proven a valuable replacement for a single missing tooth and
groups of missing teeth in the front and back of the mouth for anyone.
How long will the treatment take?
Each patient's implant therapy very specific. In general, once
the implant is placed it generally takes 3-6 months from the time
of implant placement until the tooth restoration can be placed.
Completion may take longer depending on the healing process and
the amount of time needed for the fabrication, of the implant supported
teeth. In some situations the implant and the restoration can be
me about the Procedure ?
The most important aspect of implant care is planning. During
this phase, Dr. Weinstein and your dentist will determine the ideal
location and type to implants placed. You will be presented with
specific treatment plan that will outline the phases of your therapy.
Once all your question and concern have been answered, we will begin
your therapy. The surgical placement of dental implants is performed
in the office with the use of local anesthesia (Nocivane). After
the gum is very numb, a small incision is made in the gum to expose
the jawbone. The implant is placed in the jaw and then completely
covered with the gum. During the next four to six months, the bone
grows around the implant and secures the implant like a natural
root. After the four to six months-healing period, a second minor
surgical procedure is performed and the implant is exposed. A small
metal post, called a connector or abutment, is attached to the part
of the implant that projects through the gum. Additional healing
time is needed, from one to several weeks, and the new tooth or
teeth, are then attached to the connector or abutment. Although
the home care for dental implants in very similar to that of natural
teeth, you will be provided with very detained instructions with
the optimal home care routine.
the procedure uncomfortable?
No, the placement of dental implant is similar to other dental
procedure preformed under local anathesia (Novicane). Since the
area is completely numb, you will not feel any part of the implant
surgery. Most often there is minimal post-operative discomfort you
can resume normal activities the following day.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution
to the problem of missing teeth.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental
implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent
the bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework
and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement
Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent
teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered
to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched,
a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat
with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from
the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They will allow you
to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable.
They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Does insurance cover implants?
Insurance coverage for implants depends on the scope
of each individual's plan. Few dental plans have provisions for
implants since most dental insurance schedules were developed before
implants were considered routine clinical treatment. However, coverage
under a patient's medical plan may be possible, depending on the
insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss.
special qualifications does the periodontist have to place implants?
The placement of implants requires the same surgical skills that
periodontists use to perform routine periodontal surgery. In addition,
periodontists' expertise in diagnosing which natural teeth can be
saved, can help determine whether the implant is likely to succeed.
Periodontists also bring the team concept to implant treatment.
We are accustomed to working with general dentists and other specialists
as a team to accomplish comprehensive dental treatment. Maintenance
care of implants is also important and periodontists are trained
and experienced in providing a high caliber of ongoing maintenance
treatment for implants as well as natural teeth.
What can I expect after treatment?
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you
and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic
follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth
and gums to make sure they remain healthy.