We specialize in implant placement. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), dental implants have a success rate of 95% when placed by a dental specialist.
Although having a beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with that are important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are an important solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.
Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable to a patient and which can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. Tooth roots help hold teeth in place but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one of the significant problems that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability. This bone loss is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” look that is seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. It is the reason patients who wear dentures find that over time their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place.
Dental implants help maintain and strengthen bone structure. This means they do much more than replace the missing tooth – they also protect the existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.
The ideal way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Implants are extremely strong, stableand durable. They restore the natural appearance and function of missing teeth. A dental implant is a Titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone as an anchor for a natural looking crown. Implants allow you to eat and speak with confidence and prevent the problems of missing teeth.
Our team will thoroughly explain each step of the implant process to you. We work in conjunction with several specialists who place the implant. Afterwards, Dr. Berkal will restore the implant with a crown so natural it is almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The complete procedure requires several visits over many months. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene are essential to maintain the health
of your implant.
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. The bridge replaces multiple missing teeth without the use of a denture. This restoration requires two or more implants to support the porcelain replacement teeth in between. Implants are strong enough to make your bridge secure and comfortable and provide a functional and aesthetic replacement for your natural teeth.
Implant supported dentures replace a full arch of teeth. These dentures can be either fixed or removable and require numerous implants. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. These dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night. A fixed denture never comes out of your mouth and simulates the look and feel of natural teeth. Patients with implant supported dentures will not experience the typical rocking and movement associated with dentures. They will also not experience the same gum irritation, diminished taste, or changes in speech.