If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! 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 and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The dental implants themselves are small 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 are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If you feel implant dentistry is an option for you, we will perform a dental and radiographic examination and health history review. Our in office 3-D cone beam CT scan evaluation helps to determine your bone quality and quantity. During these consultation visits, we will assess your specific needs and considerations and carefully explain the entire process to you. Your questions and concerns are important to us and we are happy to answer them all. Our entire team will work with you to help make your dental implant experience here a success. We develop customized treatment plans and work closely with your dentist who will be making the crowns or dentures that will be supported by the implants to ensure you the best possible result. We will also discuss fees and dental benefits during this appointment. There are many types of dental insurance plans, and coverage for dental implants is varied, We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Types of Prostheses 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 a professional.
Drs. Albert Konikoff, Bryan Konikoff and Trang Salzberg have received extensive training in Dental Implantology. Through continuing education, Drs. Konikoff, Konikoff and Salzberg are abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry, such as Bar Attachment Denture.