The technology has been around for over 40 years. There are patients that have had implants that long. Overall in the US, hundreds of thousands of implants have been placed with excellent success rates. However, success rates are much higher with those dentists that specialize and have extensive training in implant dentistry such as Resnik Dental Implants.
Surprisingly, the best coverage often times can be through your medical insurance if you are missing all or most of your teeth. In this case, the implant procedure may be considered jaw reconstruction with the restoration of normal chewing function and sometimes medical insurance will cover all or part of the treatment.
We can not quote fees without first accessing your needs. After a thorough diagnostic examination, we will devise a treatment plan that is right for you.
If there is any discomfort it is usually relieved with over the counter medication like Tylenol or Advil for about a couple days following the procedure.
Bone grafts and other more invasive procedures may require more time and medication. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia and should make the placement procedure pain-free.
Depending on the complexity and number of implants being placed, the procedure can take between 1 hour to 3-4 hours.
A single implant supported crown would be maintained like any other tooth with flossing and brushing. Implant supported denture can be taken out and washed under running water with a denture brush and the implants cleaned as individual teeth.
Implants have a much-improved appearance: Your jaw bone can shrink when you lose the entire tooth. This can cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. Without an implant, a traditional denture or bridge cannot stop the bone loss.
There is very little disruption to your normal teeth. For a bridge or crown, you must have the remaining tooth or for a bridge the two teeth anchoring the bridge ground down to support the crown or bridge. Dental implants eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Implants are a more permanent solution: This is a solid replacement with no loose parts. It is stable and comfortable and no adjustment is needed after placement. It is stronger and keeps its color longer.
Rejection of Implant or NON-OSTEO-INTEGRATION OF THE implant. The bone rejects the implant and a solid bond to hold the prosthetic tooth does not form
The same material used in hip and knee prostheses is used for implants – titanium. There is a well-documented history of individuals tolerating this material well. Long term rejections or allergic reactions have been extremely rare.
Sometimes the bone cells have not colonized the surface of the implant. Therefore, the implant does not bond with the bone and had to be removed. For that reason, we generally wait 2 to 6 months before finally making the prosthesis on the implant. This happens in less than 5% of the cases
There are occasionally post-op infections. There are quite rare. This can happen around the area of the implant or in the soft tissues of the jaw or in the sinuses themselves.
Uncontrolled bleeding or hemorrhages can occur, but these are usually easy to control and are usually not serious.
Nerve involvement – In the lower jaw (mandible) lies the nerve serving the lip and the chin which runs inside the bone (in the region of the premolars and the molars). For this reason, a scan is also requested in order to locate it accurately, and sometimes, if the depth of bone is insufficient, you will be refused an implant in this area. Very rarely can the nerve be touched while the implant is being or afterwards by a compressive hematoma or edema. This results in a reduction in the sensitivity of the lip and chin (not paralysis).
These disorders are generally reversible upon appropriate treatment. On a rare occasion, there can also be a lesion of the lingual nerve which gives anesthesia of the tip of the tongue.
Very late complications include late failure of the hardware. This can come from improper dental hygiene, bone loss or other mechanical factors including rare fractures of the bone. However, these are usually prevented with routine checkups.
There are several absolute contraindications to a dental implant including heart conditions such as valvular disease, a recent heart attack and diminished heart function or enlargement of the heart called cardiomyopathy.
You would not want to consider an implant if you have active cancer or certain bone diseases such as Pages or osteomalacia.
If you are any immunosuppressive drugs or have AIDS or have had any radiation therapy to the jaw bones you may not be an implant candidate. Treatment with osteoporosis medications like ACTONEL®, FOSAMAX®, DIDRONEL®, LYTOS®, SKELID® etc. and PARTICULARLY as INJECTIONS: ZOMETA®, AREDIA®
Some relative contraindications that must be evaluated on a case by case basis include Diabetes (particularly insulin-dependent),, Angina pectoris (angina),,certain mental diseases,, radiotherapy to the neck or face (depending on the zone, quantity of radiation, localization of the cancerous lesion etc.),certain auto-immunes diseases, drug and alcohol dependency, pregnancy.
Other contraindications include an insufficient quantity of bone, certain diseases of the mucous membranes of the mouth., periodontal diseases (loosening of the teeth); it may be necessary to clean up the gums and stabilize the disease first, severe grinding or clenching of the teeth, a bite issue with an unbalancing between the upper and lower teeth, infections in the neighboring teeth (pockets, cysts, granulomas), major sinusitis.,or poor hygiene of the mouth.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive and it is entirely up to the practitioner who is examining you and asking questions to establish any contraindications.
Age can be a factor but more important is your overall general heath. For the most part, if you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted or have a dental bridge placed you probably are healthy enough to have a dental implant. The best way to determine if a dental implant is the correct solution for you is to schedule a consultation with us. After a careful evaluation of your needs and your health condition, we can determine if you are a reasonable candidate for a dental implant.
First x-rays are usually done to confirm you have enough bone to sustain the implant. The implants are then placed through surgical techniques into the jaw for several months to allow the implant and the bone to bond. This is called osseointegration.
The final step involved is the careful creation of the “replacement tooth.” These are created by experienced dental labs and this “tooth part” that will attach to the anchored implant in your jaw. Dental implants are used to replace one or several missing teeth. In some cases, they can be used to anchor dentures.
2) Subperiosteal are placed on the bone rather than in the bone. They are placed on top of the jaw with metal framework posts that protrude through the gums to hold the prosthetic tooth. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who lack the necessary bone density to have a more traditional implant.
3D Dental CT scans – Advancement in CT (CAT SCAN or Computer Tomography) scanning now allow the jaw bone to be viewed in all three dimensions. Images obtained by CT scanning will normally be able to show all of the information required about your bone. CT scans give much more information about the quantity and quality of your bones as well as the other anatomical structures that must be avoided when placing the implant.
Replacing Multiple Teeth: This can be accomplished by using the implants as supports and adding a bridge between the missing teeth. Not all the roots are replaced in this procedure.
Replacing All of Your Teeth: Similar to an implant supported bridge for multiple teeth a full bridge or denture can be anchored to the implants to replace your lost teeth.
Sinus Augmentation: Many people lack appropriate bone growth over the upper back jaw adjacent to the sinuses. This lack of bone growth makes it technically difficult or impossible to do an implant without increasing the bone growth. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge Modification: Some individuals have deformities of the upper or lower jaw resulting in not enough bone to place a dental implant. By lifting the gum away to expose the bone defect, the defect can be filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification can increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
Randolph R. Resnik
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Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228
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