Just about everyone. Dental implants are a great option for people who:
Ultimately, the best way to know if you are a candidate is to have an evaluation.
Dental implants should not be placed in children or young teenagers. Dental implants should only be considered after growth and development has stopped. In general, most people could have teeth replaced with dental implants after they are seventeen years old.
This answer depends on many factors. There are ways to place an implant the same day a tooth is removed, this is known as immediate placement; however, this method is not for everyone. The more common dental implant procedures take about 3-6 months from start to finish. This gives the dental implant time to integrate within the jawbone, allowing for maximum strength and support to your new teeth. A consultation to review your options for a successful outcome is necessary.
Dental implants have the potential to last your lifetime, however, there are some factors that can cause an implant to fail, such as smoking or certain health conditions. Statistically, implants have the highest success rate of all dental procedures. Studies show there are documented patients who have had dental implants for more than 40 years. Dental implants are one of the best long-term investments you can make. Of the hundreds of patients I have treated with dental implants since 1983, 98% are still enjoying their original implants.
Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure. Most patients experience more discomfort having their teeth removed than having implants placed. Post-operative discomfort can be managed with prescription pain medication or over the counter pain relievers.
No, dental implants are completely biocompatible and cannot be rejected. Dental implants are made of titanium. Orthopedic surgeons have used titanium for nearly six decades and its reliability and safety is well documented.
Absolutely. Read what our patients have to say about their experiences and outcomes. View Testimonials
Dental insurance plans vary, but many insurance companies are starting to cover at least some dental implant procedures. My staff has experience working with dental insurance companies and will help you maximize your dental benefits. Financial arrangements will always be made prior to treatment being started to eliminate any surprises.
Just as all dentists are not equal in their skill level and qualifications, the products produced in dental labs vary widely as well.
Ninety-nine percent of the dentists in our country subcontract to an outside dental lab that employs technicians who manufacture the veneers and crowns. And the fact is, these dental labs are like any other business; there are good ones, and there are bad ones. Even the choices of materials make a huge difference to the final outcomes. Again, there are high quality materials and low quality materials. That is why some dentists can charge lower fees. They pay a lot less to have your veneers and crowns made.
There are many factors involved in how the quality and esthetic results of porcelain veneers and crowns are manufactured. I personally take great pride in working with the best known dental labs and ceramic technicians in the country. As with anything that is of value, you can expect to invest a little more to have better dental work, but the results we produce speak for themselves.
To answer this question, we need to define exactly what they are. A fixed bridge is a non-removable, cemented restoration that replaces a missing tooth or teeth. The fixed bridge connects to natural teeth that are adjacent to the space, in front of and in back of where the missing tooth or teeth are. This procedure requires removal of natural tooth structure to reduce the size of the tooth to allow for the fixed bridge to cap or crown over the natural tooth. A dental implant is a man made, replacement tooth root form made of a biocompatible material (titanium) that cannot be rejected by your body like a transplanted organ. The dental implant is used to replace one or several missing teeth and requires a minimally invasive surgery usually less difficult than removing a tooth. The dental implant supports a porcelain or gold crown that replaces the missing tooth or teeth.
With each patient an evaluation is made to assess what method of anxiety control is best suited for them. I reviewed several methods from very conservative approaches to more advanced anxiety control techniques, such as IV sedation or twilight sleep. For many procedures sedation isn’t necessary; we encourage patients to bring their sunglasses, favorite music and headsets to aid in their relaxation. For those who seek additional comfort, we provide several comfort aids such as aroma therapy, foam neck supports, spinal and back vibration massage, blankets and more.
To speak plainly, no one looks forward to visiting the dentist’s office, but when it becomes necessary, you can trust my staff and me to do everything possible to eliminate any fears or discomfort.
When we first look at someone we naturally have an emotional response to that person’s appearance. Certain combinations of qualities and characteristics determine whether we find them attractive to us. It is true that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but are there some absolute values and characteristics that make us beautiful as well?
Yes, a common characteristic is the universal recognition of pleasant proportions. We can easily agree if a face looks too long, a nose too large, or lips too thin or possibly out of proportion. And like the face, our teeth have ideal proportions, sizes and forms. Consequently, one of the keys to achieving outstanding cosmetic dentistry is the understanding of the proportion of teeth and how it relates to the proportion of the face.
For example, a person with a small chin and shorter than normal lower jaw line, may have a profile that appears to have protruded upper teeth and a larger nose due to the position of the lower jaw. Thus, if the lower jaw were repositioned forward the upper teeth and nose would have the appearance of proper proportions with the rest of the face.
When we look at a patient’s smile we must consider several factors:
The closer we bring these areas into proportion with each other, the better the cosmetic result.
As to my thoughts on this comparison, I have practiced and seen a lot of dentistry since my start in 1983 and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that a dental implant done right offers the best long term, cost effective, comfortable, and healthy way to replace a missing tooth. Yes it takes longer, requires a surgical procedure, and may not be covered by insurance, but the end result clearly out performs the fixed bridge. It is my opinion that fixed bridges should be considered only when a patient is medically disqualified as a candidate for a dental implant. Even patients that were told they might not have enough jawbone to support an implant should seek a second opinion due to the many advances that have been made in rebuilding the jawbone today.