Monday, November 5, 2012

Dental Implants – the Right Solution for Missing Teeth

Fig 1. Before: Missing tooth #7
Fig 2. After: Implant Restoration on tooth #7

Whether missing one tooth or all teeth, more and more patients are replacing the loss with dental implants. Having a more natural feel than traditional bridges or dentures, most implant procedures involve placing titanium post-like anchors into the jaw bone.  These anchors serve to support the prosthetic teeth as the roots support natural teeth.  After undergoing this multi-step process, many patients find they have a better feeling, better looking and more stable solution to their tooth loss than more traditional dental replacements.  At Elite Dental Arts, we provide optimal health and well being to our patients through customized quality care and professional excellence.  Dental Implants may be the right solution for you if you have any missing teeth.

The Most Common Benefits of Dental Implants

Replacing a lost tooth is vital to maintaining the overall health and function of the surrounding teeth. Dental implants help avoid tooth migration, loss of bone and overall loss of structure. Implants are also very strong and provide a feel as close to a natural tooth as can be currently achieved.  Dental implants, unlike the alternative prosthetic bridge replacements, do not require tooth reduction (filing down) of the two adjacent.  Also, it is impossible for titanium implants to get cavities like natural teeth often do.

Implants, when replacing dentures, provide even more benefits. Dentures are notorious for being non-retentive. Poorly fitting dentures can even affect diet, restricting food selections to easily chewed soft foods. Implants eliminate the possibility of slipping or pinching, and allow food of almost all types to be eaten. Dental implants are the closest way to surgically restore a natural tooth to its original condition.

The Initial Consultation

At the first appointment we will examine your teeth, take models of your teeth and take the necessary x-rays. This information can be used to determine if implants are the proper solution to your particular situation.

The Procedures Involved

The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant.  Under regular dental anesthetic, the dentist places the implant into the jawbone.  There is not often significant discomfort with this procedure.  This process can take a couple of hours to complete depending on the number of implants being placed.

Under normal circumstances, this implant will be left untreated for a period of 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration.  A removable crown may be utilized during this time period to allow for chewing and to preserve the cosmetic appearance.

The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth.  This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment.  This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.

Finally, an impression is taken of the implant and a final restoration is crafted.  This restoration will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing.  Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities as soon as possible. 

The Recovery Period

Many people have minimal soreness, bleeding, or swelling.  Patients often return to work the day after surgery.

In between the first and second surgical procedure, there is a recovery period of normally three to six months while the implants integrate with the bone.

It is very important during your recovery to practice meticulous oral hygiene. Poor care, resulting in chronic swelling of gum tissue, is a major contributor to implant failure. Initially, it might be advised to see your dentist about four times a year to keep track of the implant and your overall dental health.

Immediate Loaded Implants

If the implant site has solid bone, sometimes immediate loaded implants can be placed.  Under certain circumstances, you may have your prosthetic bridge or crown the very same day or within a week or two.  Be sure to ask our office about immediate loaded implants by calling (212) 681-0939 when scheduling your appointment.  Immediate loaded implants can reduce treatment time and cost substantially.   

Long-Term Prognosis

For most people, implants last approximately twenty-five years. Approximately 5% of implants fail, but they often can be replaced with another implant attempt.  Elite Dental Arts is proud to have the first patients that had implants placed in the United States.  We have records of successful dental implants and restorations that have served our patients for over 50 years.

Most Important – Experience Trumps “Bargain Priced Fees”!!!
Experience is the most important factor in selecting your dental team.  Beware of the “bargain priced fees” as you will quickly find out you get what you pay for.  At 
Elite Dental Arts, the surgical aspect is coordinated with the restorative aspect of the case with highly qualified doctors.  Dr Ronald Biondo is an Oral Surgeon with over 21 years of experience and Dr. Nick M Mobilia is the Restorative Dentist with over 23 years of experience.  Both doctors along with the dental laboratory form the implant specialty team second to none!!!

Call Elite Dental Arts today at (212) 681-0939 or you may conveniently schedule online to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants!

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017

(212) 681-0939