If you have lost a tooth, or even several teeth, to periodontal disease, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Unlike removable dentures and bridges, a dental implant permanently replaces your tooth root and is topped with a crown made to match your existing teeth. Depending on your needs, implants can replace a single tooth or support a fixed bridge that restores several teeth or even a full denture. Dental implants are the most durable, stable, and convenient alternative to removable dentures and bridges, allowing you to enjoy your teeth’s natural functionality again!
Who is Eligible for a Dental Implant?
The dental implant procedure is complicated and may not be effective for everyone. The process involved does require a time commitment, as an implant will not restore your tooth overnight, as well as a commitment to healthy oral habits and maintenance long after the process is complete. To determine whether or not an implant is a viable option for you, Dr. Ginsberg will thoroughly evaluate the prospective implant site as well as assess your history of disease, oral hygiene, and lifestyle habits.
Factors that may adversely affect the success of an implant include:
- Poor gum health or high risk of periodontal disease
- Inadequate bone support
- Bruxism or teeth clenching
- Diabetes or heart disease
- Poor oral hygiene habits
What is the Dental Implant Process?
The dental implant procedure involves the surgical placement of a post, typically a titanium screw or cylinder into the supporting jawbone, atop of which a single crown or bridge is secured. The length of time involved in the placement and healing of a dental implant varies and depends on your unique situation. A routine dental implant typically takes six to twelve weeks to heal before a crown can be placed, but certain surgical procedures that may be required prior to the implant placement may add additional healing time ranging from four to twelve months.
After an evaluation and consultation with Dr. Ginsberg as well as your dentist to determine which type of implant is most appropriate, your dental implant process may begin with sinus augmentation or ridge modification. Because a successful implant requires the support of quality jawbone, Dr. Ginsberg may be required to make surgical modifications to interfering factors such as low sinuses or abnormalities of the bone.
Once the site has healed from any pre-implant procedures, Dr. Ginsberg will place the titanium post directly into the bone, effectively replacing the missing tooth root. The post is then connected to a small titanium piece called an abutment; the abutment is securely attached to the post much like a bolt to a screw.
In order to provide the most natural and secure fit for the replacement crown, bridge, or denture, the post will need to properly fuse with its surrounding gum tissue and bone. Once the initial post has healed, Dr. Ginsberg will fit you for your permanent crown by taking impressions of your teeth and bite and matching your new crown to your natural teeth. The crown is permanently fixed to the abutment and once the cement has dried, your smile is as good as new!
Are you ready to regain confidence in your smile? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ira Ginsberg to find out how a dental implant can improve your oral health!