Most people will be faced with the dilemma of one or more missing teeth during their lifetime. Tooth loss can result from a variety of causes including excessive tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma. When this happens it is natural to feel self-conscious, especially if your tooth loss is visible. Whether tooth loss can be seen or not, tooth loss will lead to a host of problems including loss of chewing ability, increased workload on the remaining teeth resulting in a higher risk of further damage and bone resorption, reducing support for facial features. Fortunately, dental implants can prevent these undesirable outcomes.
Dr. Sula Umansky is an experienced implant dentist with almost twenty years of improving her patient’s smiles and oral health. Using the latest in 3D imaging technology, advanced techniques, and the highest quality materials, Dr. Sula Umansky will analyze your specific needs and develop a plan to take advantage of the best modern dentistry has to offer. With proper care, your new dental implants can last a lifetime.
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?
- Titanium vs. Zirconia Ceramic Implants
- Types of Dental Implant Treatment
- Dental Implant Procedure
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are posts made of biocompatible titanium or zirconia that are surgically placed into the bone of the upper or lower jaw where they will become integrated with the bone and provide a strong solid platform to support the visible portion of the tooth/teeth being replaced. Dental Implants can restore the look and function of natural teeth that have been lost.
Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?
The great news is that most people are good candidates for dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth, are in good general health, and have sufficient bone, you are likely a good candidate.
What Are the Benefits of Ceramic Dental Implants?
Zirconia dental implants are a very strong, biocompatible, and metal-free alternative to titanium implants that are made of an extremely durable ceramic material. These tooth-colored implants can be very useful in situations where the patient has very thin tissue or in-front tooth restorations where there is a chance that a metal implant might show. The material is hypoallergenic and provides very favorable biocompatibility with the body.
Why Choose Ceramic VS. Titanium Dental Implants?
Ceramic and titanium dental implants both can provide great options for patients wanting a permanent teeth replacement. While each option has its pros and cons, there are factors that make ceramic more appropriate for certain individuals. As a hypoallergenic material, zirconia is more suitable for those with metal allergies. It may also be the preferred option for patients concerned with metal implant posts causing discoloration, which can occur if the titanium post becomes visible along the gumline or at the base of the crown. Although each implant material has its unique benefits, the best option for your needs will ultimately be determined during the diagnostic and planning stages of your dental implant process.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Implant Solutions?
The dental implant procedure is customized for each patient based on their individual needs and preferences. Depending on the specifics of your case, one of the following implant solutions may be recommended:
- Single-Tooth Dental Implants
If only one tooth is missing, a single-tooth dental implant is recommended when possible. This is a standalone tooth replacement that looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges
If multiple teeth are missing, a fixed bridge supported by one or more dental implants can offer a secure replacement without needing a separate implant post for each missing tooth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are a highly beneficial solution for patients with several missing or severely damaged teeth. They offer a more life-like replacement compared to traditional dentures.
What to Expect from the Implant Placement Procedure:
Dr. Sula Umansky knows that each patient and their needs are unique, which is why she tailors a treatment plan to fit your needs using the latest and most advanced technology. Using the Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scan, she will first create a detailed 3D digital image of your mouth and jaw and use it to plan your procedure. This includes using the 3D image to first place your dental implants “virtually,” a process that allows you to get an idea of what the end result will look like before even having the procedure, while also allowing Dr. Sula Umansky to plan for a precise placement of your dental implants.
The procedure itself involves Dr. Sula Umansky making a small incision in the gums and placing the implant underneath the gums, into the jawbone. In cases where a patient does not have sufficient jawbone volume to support an implant, Dr. Sula Umansky may use a bone graft to enhance the jaw structure. One or more replacement teeth, such as a crown, bridge, or an implant supported denture, are then attached to the implant posts. Dental implant placement typically causes only minimal discomfort. Whether replacing one or several missing teeth, the dental implant placement procedure is typically performed in one office visit.
What Can I Expect During My Recovery?
Most of our dental implant patients experience very little discomfort after the procedure. Other patients — namely those who have had a more complex procedure involving techniques such as bone grafting — may experience some mild swelling and bruising of the gums and minor bleeding and discomfort. These effects are temporary, only lasting about two or three days after surgery. For these patients, Dr. Sula Umansky will prescribe appropriate pain medication that they can use to manage any discomfort, if necessary.