About Dental Implants
The modern solution for missing teeth
Dental implants have proven to be one of the most revolutionary dental innovations in the last 30 years. They are the most stable and durable option for replacing missing teeth, and are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Dr. Feldman is an expert in the placement of dental implants, and thanks to recent advances in this field, most patients are now able to receive them.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is basically an artificial tooth root that supports a dental restoration (such as a crown, bridge or denture). The implant device itself is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone where it fuses with your natural bone to provide sturdy support for the restoration that is placed on top.
How a dental implant works
The scientific principle behind the dental implant technique is called osseointegration (“osseo” – bone; “integration” – fusion or joining with), where bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface of the implant post. Titanium has the unique property of being able to integrate and fuse with bone issue. This union forms a strong anchor that support your new teeth.
The benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages over other forms of tooth replacement:
- Dental implants are fixed in place and completely integrate (fuse) with your jawbone, so your replacement teeth won’t move or make clicking noises.
- Depending on the type of prosthesis that is placed over the implants, you will have between 60% and 90% of the chewing and biting power of natural teeth (as opposed to the 10% that is afforded by regular, non-implant-supported dentures).
- Implants prevent bone loss in the jawbone, as the biting and chewing forces on the implants supply the stimulation needed for the bone to maintain itself (just like with natural tooth roots).
- With proper care, dental implants are very durable and can last a lifetime.
- With dental implants there is no need to cut down adjacent teeth (such as is the case with conventional bridgework).
- In most cases you can brush, floss and care for your replacement teeth in exactly the same way as with your natural teeth.
- Dental implants have a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes.
Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, dental implants can be placed in most adults who are in need of tooth replacement.
Patients with certain health conditions like diabetes and heart disease were formerly not able to receive dental implants, but thanks to modern advances, they are now also candidates for implants in most cases. Dr. Feldman will coordinate with your general physician to ensure successful placement.
In the past, patients who had lost too much bone in the jaw could also not receive implants. Due to advances in technology, bone tissues can now be regenerated with special bone grafting technique, making successful implant placement possible in the vast majority of patients. In addition, Dr. Feldman uses 3D technology to find areas in the jaw where the bone is dense and voluminous enough to permit the placement of implants at specific angles, which often makes bone grafting unnecessary.
Dr. Feldman can determine if you are a candidate after thorough diagnostics during a personal consultation.
Comfortable, precision Dental Implant treatment
Having placed over 18,000 implants in his career, Dr. Feldman has the experience and expertise necessary to place dental implants successfully and with minimal post-operative discomfort. Before any implant procedure, Dr. Feldman will perform thorough diagnostics of your entire jaw, mouth and bone structure, using 3D 360° images generated by our state-of-the-art 3D CT scanner.
Dr. Feldman will plan out the entire procedure in detail before treatment, including the creation of surgical guides that will assist him in placing your implants with the greatest level of accuracy. Dr. Feldman additionally employs a special “eight-handed” surgery technique where he uses three highly trained surgical assistants at all times, making the procedure quicker and more comfortable, and reducing healing time.
Dental Implants or dental bridges?
In the past, traditional dental bridges were often used to replace one or two missing teeth. Dental bridges have a major disadvantage in that the healthy natural teeth on each end of the bridge must be trimmed down to be able to place the bridge. This weakens those teeth and can cause complications over time.
Additionally, the average life span of dental bridges is only 7-10 years.
Since bridges do not replace the roots of the missing teeth, they also do nothing to prevent the problem of bone loss. If there is no stimulation of the bone in a certain area of the jaw, the body will “resorb” (absorb back) the bone tissue in that area. The body does this to be able to re-use the calcium contained in the bone tissue in other areas of the body where calcium is needed. The shrinking bone can cause an unsightly “gap” under the bridge, which can also have a destabilizing effect on other teeth.
Dental Implants are the best tooth replacement option
The placement of dental implants does not require alteration of any of the patient’s healthy teeth. Unlike bridges, implants provide the same biting and chewing pressure on the jawbone as the natural roots of the missing teeth once did. They are therefore effective in preventing bone loss, which also benefits the stability of adjacent, natural teeth. With regular care, implants are very durable and can last a lifetime, and they look and feel very natural.
Dental Implants or dentures?
Dentures have long been the standard, traditional solution when the entire arch of teeth had to be replaced. However, “regular” dentures that are not supported by implants have a number of disadvantages that make them a less than ideal option for tooth replacement.
The disadvantages of regular dentures
- Dentures do not provide the biting and chewing pressure necessary to maintain the size and density of the supporting jawbone. The type of pressure exerted by dentures actually accelerates bone loss and can result in a prematurely aged, “collapsed” look of the face.
- Dentures need to be continually adjusted over time as the bone under the denture keeps shrinking.
- Dentures cover the roof of your mouth and limit your sense of taste.
- Dentures provide only 10% of natural chewing and biting power, making it difficult to eat certain types of food.
- Dentures slip and can makes noise or click when talking or eating.
- Dentures often need adhesives to be secured in the mouth.
Implant-supported dentures restore chewing power and prevent bone loss
Dental implants replace the root of a tooth, preventing the jawbone from shrinking by stimulating the bone with regular biting and chewing forces. This has many advantages, and it will prevent your face from getting a “collapsed” look.
Additionally, implant-supported dentures do not move around or make noises, and—depending on the type of implant-supported denture used—they can restore your biting and chewing power back up to 60-90% of the chewing power of natural teeth. Your new set of teeth will feel and function much more like natural teeth.
Dr. Feldman can also replace a full arch of teeth by a series of implant-supported bridges, or he can place implants to stabilize your existing denture, while still allowing you to remove your denture like you are accustomed to. He can advise you on what will work best for you after examining you during a personal consultation.
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