Dental Implants

Dental implants have changed the way we practice dentistry.  They can predictably and permanently replace missing teeth. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums and provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Surgical Advances

Over the past years there have been significant technological advances in the world of dental implants.  They can provide many different options for replacing single teeth to replacing the entire dentition..  At times this can be overwhelming and confusing for the average patient.  There are advertisements for teeth in a day, mini implants, immediate implants  discount implants CAT scans etc.  All can be excellent treatment options.  However, they do not always work well in all patients.  Each patient should be examined and a treatment plan and options planned for your individual situation and goals.  One size fits all does not work when working with implants.  In some cases the implant can be placed at the time of tooth extraction.  In other cases, computer guided surgery can be use in complex cases.  We believe in a team approach to implant reconstruction.  Dr. Berman performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary coordinates care with your general dentist who then builds the crown or prosthesis.  It is difficult become an expert at both.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants can be done in the office under local anesthetic and if desired, IV anesthesia.   First, implants are placed within your jawbone.  In many cases a small metal cap protrudes through the gum during the healing period.  In many cases the next step to build the tooth can begin in six to eight weeks.  On occasion, a longer healing period is necessary.  This may include the gum covering the implant which would require a second procedure.  You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Berman will uncover the implants if needed and the small cap that protrude through the gums. . When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist. Multiple options are available depending on the patients goals.

Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are multiple options for replacing missing teeth.  However a dental implant in most circumstances is the best that dentistry has to offer. It is the gold standard for tooth replacement.  There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. Today there are few reasons that treatment cannot be done. Some situations are more complex the others however it is rare that it cannot be done.   If you bone structure is not ideal we now have multiple techniques to overcome this.  Bone grafting to rebuild the lost bone or techniques and prosthesis design to avoid grafting.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.