Dr Raad received specialized training at Boston University to place dental implants and restore them. These dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Additional bone might be needed in some occasions to place these implants. A CT scan is always recommended to determine if adequate bone is available. Case # 1.
Second premolar dental implant
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium cylinders surgically placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They replace the roots of missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges and dentures. Although we always favor the conservation of the natural tooth, dental implants are a great alternative when a tooth is missing or a tooth can’t be saved. State-of-the-art advancement in technology makes it possible for these replacement teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth.
What is a bone graft ?
Bone graft is dried and sterilized bone originating from a donor human being or bovine origins. It has a long track record of providing a reliable scaffold for the patients own bone cells to creep on and build new bone. In the absence of bone graft, the socket tends to melt away and implants become more difficult to achieve. In the absence of bone, costly advanced grafting procedures are required.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Almost everyone is a good candidate. If you are missing one or more teeth, a restoration supported by dental implants is an option you must consider. In many instances it provides the best alternative for care. If you are not sure that you want a dental implant now, as that the area be grafted with bone after extraction. The bone graft maintains the height and width of the bone for future placement of implants.
What are the pros and cons of dental implants?
Several benefits exist to receiving dental implants. They are fixed solidly in the bone and allow teeth to be replaced in a manner that is closest to natural teeth. They have a long history of good success. However, dental implants require surgical procedures that usually include a small amount of discomfort and the time it takes for the implant to heal in the bone which can be a few months. Because a dental implant requires both a surgery and then making a replacement tooth that attaches to the implant, it is usually more expensive than a bridge when replacing a missing tooth.
What is the success of dental implants?
It varies from individual to individual and with health and habits. For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful and survival rates above 95 percent are reported. You may consider seeking the care of a prosthodontist, who is a dental specialist with three years of additional education after dental school, and who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs including dental implants
Do dental implants last?
Unlike natural teeth dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay; however, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining last implant success. Conscientious home care by the patient and regular professional cleanings and check-ups are essential elements for dental implants sustainability. Each patient is different, and success relies upon diagnosis and planning, medical history and a variety of other factors.
What is all on four?
All on 4 is a process by which all of the teeth are replaced in one jaw by using 4 implants. This process can be less expensive than the previous process that used 5 or 6 implants.
Can dentures be made into implants?
Dentures cannot be “made into implants.” Implants are metal screws placed into the jawbone to help anchor and support artificial teeth (dentures). It may be possible to have implants placed beneath existing dentures to aid in the stabilization and support for those dentures. This could only be done if the current dentures were otherwise in excellent condition and relatively recently made. You should consult the dentist or prosthodontist who made the original dentures.
What is the cost for implants
Because of the complexity of the procedure, cost will vary by patient. Generally between $3500 to $4000 per tooth. Dr Raad who is a prosthodontist will make an assessment based on your unique needs. Call us today at (925)922-4633 so we can schedule a consultation with an expert in the field of implant dentistry.
What are the cost of the actual implants
Knowledge of what you are getting is essential. Not all implants perform the same and have been studied the same. Dr Raad as a prosthodontist has extensive knowledge with the different brands available and doesn’t endorse any. He only uses major brand of implants like Straumann and Nobel Biocare. These brands have published long term research extending over years to prove the high success rate and benefits of their products which explains the higher costs. Other companies sell cheaper implants to attract customers but the results are disappointing and you are left alone when failure occurs.