Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything. They now can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The best way to describe a dental implant is to compare it to a real tooth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown. Beneath the crown is the root, which anchors the tooth through the gum tissue to the jaw bone. When you lose a tooth, you loose both the root and the crown. To replace a tooth, we first have to replace the root. Essentially, a dental implant is a new root. The titanium root is fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw, replacing the lost root of your natural tooth.
Dental implants come in various shapes and sizes and have different types of surfaces. The actual implant selection will depend on a variety of factors related to your specific treatment needs and the most appropriate one(s) will be used. Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant will need to heal for two to six months, depending on the density of your bone. When this initial phase of healing is completed, a support post called an abutment will be placed into the implant itself and then a new crown will be placed on top. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Are you missing one tooth?
With conventional dentistry, in order to support a traditional three unit bridge, adjacent tooth enamel is destroyed.
When a single tooth is missing, the two most common treatment options are the traditional tooth supported bridge (3-unit bridge) or an implant supported crown. When a traditional bridge is used to replace a missing tooth, normally the adjacent teeth are cut down into peg shapes, destroying natural dentition in order to fit the cemented bridge in place.
Are you missing several teeth?
There are three common Treatment options:
a traditional tooth supported bridge
a removable partial denture
an implant supported bridge
Are you missing all your teeth?
Implant dentistry is the optimal choice, and considered the “standard of care” for tooth replacement anytime failing teeth or missing teeth need to be replaced. Full Arch Restorations
Removable dentures reduce chewing efficiency by at least 70%, because they tend to slip and slide around. Not only do implant supported bridges enable a patient to eat normally, but they also help preserve the jawbone.
When all the natural teeth are severely compromised or missing, and there are no tooth roots in the jawbone to stimulate any bone growth, the body senses that the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to dissolve it away. This results in facial collapse. After about ten years, it often becomes difficult to wear a denture because there is little bone left to support it. This results in the lips folding in, and the lower face shriveling up (witches chin) with wrinkles around the mouth (marionette lines) showing a much older looking person.
Same Day Smile
Dr. Farber is part of a national network of experienced, independent dental specialists who use the latest implant dentistry techniques to replace failing and missing teeth on the day of treatment.
You no longer need to wait months for implant supported restorations that allow you to chew, smile, and speak with confidence.
You can have a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth replaced on the day of treatment.
You can leave the office with teeth in one day thanks to advances in implant dentistry.
Your Same Day Smile/All-on-4® treatment options include fixed dentures that are supported by dental implants. Your permanent dentures will not move, slip, or cause embarrassment. They are securely attached to the jaw just like natural teeth.
We will answer all your questions about Same Day Smile/All-on-4®.
The All-On-4® treatment concept clinical solution has been developed to simplify treatment for those suffering with poor oral health. The procedure maximizes the use of available bone while avoiding the sinus cavity, allowing for new functioning teeth the same day as the implant procedure.
If you are struggling with diseased teeth, wear an unsightly partial or ill-fitting painful denture, you can now switch comfortably and conveniently to a fixed dental implant system that will improve your appearance, self-confidence and lifestyle.
Computer-Guided Implants and Placement
Computer Guided Dental Implant Placement utilizes NobelClinician™, CoDiagnostix™ & SimPlant® software along with our in office i-CAT unit. These systems help us provide great advances in dental implant treatment planning. These softwares utilize an interactive 3D computer imaging system that guides the doctors at Farber Center in implant surgery.
With computer guided implant surgery, Doctors Farber, Chondrogiannis, and Batalias can actually do a virtual surgery before ever touching your mouth. The information gathered is extremely accurate, allowing us to visualize the precise placement of simulated implants. We are provided with a 3 dimensional view of your jaw anatomy. It helps us locate important internal structures and also allows the measurement bone quality and quantity directly from these images.
With the use of NobelClinician™, a final prosthesis can be made prior to your visit, which can be inserted at the same time that the implants are placed. This is a technology called Teeth in an Hour™.
Ridge Preservation Enhancement/ Bone Regeneration/ Ridge Augmentation
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width and also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality
When upper back teeth are lost, bone in that area naturally shrinks or resorbs over time. Consequently your sinuses expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. This lack of bone below the sinus precludes the placement of dental implants in the posterior (back) area of the upper jaw.
There are two types of sinus lift procedures provided in our office. Your procedure will depend on the amount of bone you have left. Sinus augmentation is a simple procedure that allows the sinus floor to be raised, thereby allowing the placement of dental implants.
Implants are placed in the regenerated bone, usually 6 months following the sinus augmentation procedure (or at the time of the procedure when possible).
Various bone grafting materials are used to encourage your bone to grow quickly. These materials help stabilize the dental implants. The graft materials are replaced naturally by your own bone as it grows into the area.
Implants can now be placed in a predictable and successful manner in the areas of the upper jaw where there is minimal bone.
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