Dr. Ismaj has been extensively trained in all types of dental implants. He and his dental implant team implement the most advanced equipment and techniques available to ensure your complete satisfaction, and to make the experience as pleasant as possible. His surgical team is additionally trained in immediate implant placement and sinus lift procedures; therefore, concerns about inadequate bone are no longer a concern for most patients as bone grafting and guided bone regeneration procedures can develop the needed bone in most situations.
Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods. Traditionally, if you were missing a tooth or if one needed to be extracted, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and the whole thing replaced with a three-crown “bridge.” Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, the practitioner inserts a dental post (dental implant) into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This post becomes solidly fixed into your jaw (like a natural tooth root). Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.
Traditionally, several missing teeth would have been replaced with a removable partial or full denture. Dentures have to be taken out and soaked at night. During the day, they can also look unnatural and rub painfully. Dentures and partials make it difficult or impossible to eat certain foods. Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. It also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for dental adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided. With dental implants, your partials or dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, causing them to feel much more like natural teeth.
After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is 94-98 percent If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98 percent. The discomfort involved with receiving a dental implant is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have lasted for more than 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.
One of our highest priorities is making certain that you understand your treatment options before proceeding. You can be assured Dr. Ismaj and his implant team will take the time to answer all of your questions.