In most cases, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Implants are sturdy and reliable, they look completely natural and they last for many years with the proper care.
The placement and restoration of dental implants demands a special set of skills and training; implant dentistry also requires state-of-the-art technology. Our Coast 2 Coast Smiles dentists, Drs. Sanda Moldovan and Olga Malkin, have precisely the type of experience necessary for successful treatment with dental implants. Our offices are also equipped with advanced diagnostic instrumentation and technology to yield the best possible results.
What is an implant?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone underneath the missing or extracted tooth. The post can support a few types of tooth restorations, including a single crown, dental bridge or set of dentures.
There are many types of implant systems available today, but our practice prefers to use Nobel Biocare implants in the majority of our cases. Nobel is a leader in implant dentistry with more than 30 years of follow-up studies on their implants. Nobel technology and their implant parts are second-to-none; their computer-generated implant bridges, crowns and abutments are known for their natural appearance and superior fit.
The Implant Placement Process
The typical implant placement process involves three steps.
- The implant post is placed in the jawbone during an oral surgery.
- The area heals and the post integrates with the jawbone, guaranteeing the implant’s stability.
- The false tooth (in the form of a single crown, bridge or set of dentures) is screwed onto the top of the implant post.
The result looks and feels very similar to a natural tooth.
Replacing a Single Tooth
If Drs. Moldovan and Malkin need to replace a single tooth, they will use a crown. This option does not require any of the surrounding teeth to be prepped. A temporary crown is initially placed while the post heals; then, after three to six months, the permanent crown is placed.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
If Drs. Moldovan and Malkin need to replace more than one tooth, they will use single implants, an implant bridge or a set of dentures. The process is similar to single tooth replacement but the prosthetics used are able to restore normal appearance and function to more teeth.