Dental implants are small metal screws designed specifically to replace your natural tooth root. Manufactured from titanium, dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface, encouraging bone to attach to the implant during the healing process to ensure long-term results. Implants are so well designed, they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dr. Goldberg uses Nobel Biocare implants exclusively.
Before the development of dental implants, fixed bridges and dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Now there are alternatives. Dr. Goldberg uses dental implants to replace a single tooth, several missing teeth or to anchor a full denture. The traditional option to replacing a single tooth was to fabricate a 3-unit bridge using the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
Dental implants do not require the adjacent teeth to be modified. They also create stimulation to the underlying bone. The traditional option to replace several missing teeth or all missing teeth was a removable denture. Implants can be used to anchor a fixed bridge or a full denture providing better retention and functioning more like natural teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
- When you lose your teeth, your jawbone can shrink-making you look older. Implants help prevent this process.
- Like natural teeth, your new teeth are strong, stable and secure, so you can comfortably eat all your favorite foods.
- Dental Implants are a long-lasting solution - often for life.
- Beautiful new teeth can give you back the confidence you may have lost.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. To help determine if a patient is a candidate, Dr. Goldberg can now taken an immediate 3-D scan of a patient with lower radiation dosage and without the inconvenience of sending them to an imaging center. Using the Gendex CB-500, dentistry's most accurate 3-D imaging system, Dr. Goldberg can obtain a highly accurate and detailed 3-dimensional view of all anatomies such as bone, teeth, tooth orientation and nerve relation, airways and sinuses. He is able to share an immediate visual diagnosis to help patients truly visualize and better understand treatment options.
The procedure of placing an implant and restoring the missing tooth or teeth will take several visits over a course of several months. After scanning the patient's jaw and providing a treatment plan, Dr. Goldberg will place the implant or implants into the jawbone. The site is allowed to heal and the patient is seen periodically to evaluate the healing process. Once the implant has fully integrated into the bone, (usually about 3 months after placement), the restoration can begin. From implant placement to final restoration (crown, bridge or denture), Dr. Goldberg does all treatment himself, eliminating the need to see other doctors or visit other offices.