A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to support a replacement tooth. In the case where several teeth are missing, more than one implant may be placed to support a set of teeth known as a bridge. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants, in their current cylindrical screw form, have been placed in patients in the United States since the early 1980’s. They have the look of a natural tooth or teeth and almost resemble the feel of having a tooth back in place. You may almost forget that you ever lost a tooth. However, one must remember that dental implants are a replacement devices and since they are not your own teeth, they will require some extra attention if your are to keep them in a state of health.
- They look and feel like your own tooth or teeth.
- Placing an implant to replace a tooth or teeth may allow the adjacent teeth to remain uninvolved in the solution. Hence, they spare teeth from being cut down for a crown and avoid the potential need for a root canal.
- They allow for normal speaking and chewing to help you maintain comfort and confidence
- The survival rate for dental implants is better than 95%
Single Tooth Replacement
Implant supported single crowns can be harmonious with the adjacent natural teeth to give you back the beautiful smile that you desire.
Narrow Diameter Implants
Dr. Rosen has had great success with the use of narrow diameter implants where there is insufficient room to place a conventional-sized implant.
Implant Supported Bridges
Supporting a bridge on implants spares adjacent healthy teeth from restorative procedures that could lead to further treatment like root canal therapy. Additionally, this may also help to avoid wearing a removable appliance which can also cause damage to neighboring natural teeth that are involved in their support.
In some instances there is insufficient bone support in the upper jaw to place a dental implant due to the size of the sinus. There are regenerative procedures that Dr. Rosen can perform to grow the necessary bone to place an implant. In fact, Dr. Rosen has authored several articles and book chapters on this very same subject.
All-on-Four® Fully Edentulous Solutions
It is quite disheartening to learn that you are about to lose your teeth and will need dentures. The decrease in function, the reduction in one’s ability to taste, the discomfort associated with wearing dentures and the embarrassment that could occur if they loosen and fall out while being around others makes them a very poor option for replacing teeth. The “All-on-Four®” approach is a cost effective treatment solution based on four implants secured into the jaw to obtain optimal positioning and support for a denture that is not removed. This provides patients with a fixed bridge (denture) that replaces their teeth in either a few hours or by the very next day. This approach has documented long term success for both the upper and lower jaws. It allows for a better quality of life by giving back the health, function, and smile that may have been or may soon be lost.