Rebuild Your Smile with the Gold Standard for Tooth Replacement
Missing teeth can affect every aspect of your daily life, causing pain and embarrassment and interfering with normal function.
As a prosthodontist providing dental care since 1985, Dr. James Stein places and restores dental implants through a safe and comfortable procedure at his office.
So what makes dental implants a great treatment option?
Dental Implants Offer Unrivaled Longevity and Stability
With proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last 40 years or longer. While you may need to replace your restoration, the implants themselves can provide a lifetime of benefits.
Improved Jaw Health
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents jawbone atrophy after tooth loss. By receiving an implant-supported restoration from Dr. Stein, you can avoid the aged, sunken look caused by a shrinking jawbone.
Missing teeth can leave you nervous to eat or speak in public. Dental implants create a strong, stable foundation for a range of restorations, allowing you to enjoy you to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.
Let's dive into what implant placement involves...
Is tooth loss common?
Many Patients Need to Replace Missing Teeth
However, not every patient is a candidate for dental implants...
Factors That Can Disqualify You:
Poor Bone Density
Sufficient jawbone tissue is needed to support dental implants. Patients who have suffered bone atrophy may need to undergo bone grafting to restore their candidacy.
Smoking can inhibit your body's ability to heal properly. If you smoke, you should be committed to quitting for the entirety of the treatment process.
Conditions such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases can also affect the healing process, increasing your risk of complications. It is important that these conditions are controlled before you receive dental implants.
Periodontal disease can weaken the delicate gums and surrounding tissues. For this reason, it is imperative that you receive treatment before undergoing dental implant surgery.
Discouraged by the timeline for implant-supported restorations?
Dental Implants Require Longer Treatment
But Provide Unparalleled Support
Many patients at our office are concerned about the additional time and cost required for dental implants. While the process does take several months, you can typically receive a temporary restoration during the healing period to fill the gap in your smile. Additionally, the value of dental implants cannot be overstated and should be considered an investment in your quality of life. Implant-supported restorations can provide you with the best possible results, allowing you to achieve the closest alternative to your natural teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Improved Precision, Better Outcomes
Dr. Stein is formally trained in two key implant systems, including Straumann and 3i.These advanced tools allow him to . develop an exceptionally precise surgical plan which will be used during your procedure to place the implants in the best possible position. Optimally placed implants can help reduce your risk of complications and improve the longevity of your implants. Dr. Stein is proud to also have CAD/CAM technology in the office, which can create prosthetics in as little as an hour for same-day placement.
What does the dental implant process entail?
Treatment Will Take Several Months
The Dental Implants Consultation
At your consultation, Dr. Stein will review your medical history and thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw with advanced imaging technology. Based off the results, he can determine if implants are the right course of action for you, and if so, where they are best placed.
Based on his findings and the type of restoration you choose, Dr. Stein will prepare a treatment timeline to fit your needs and budget. In cases where periodontal disease and jawbone recession have been detected, you may need to undergo preliminary procedures to prepare your jawbone. This stage can consist of extractions or periodontal care to remove bacteria. You may also require bone graft surgery in order to strengthen your jawbone mass. Bone graft surgery will add four to nine months to the overall treatment timeline. If you require a sinus lift to provide more room for implants, you will also require an additional four to nine months to heal before receiving your implants.
If you have lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, Dr. Stein can perform a sinus lift or bone graft to enhance your candidacy.
After a detailed consultation, he will create a personalized treatment plan and provide you with pre-surgical instructions to follow in order to better prepare for the procedure. At this time, you will also discuss other logistics of your procedure, such as costs, surgical expectations, and the timeline.
Dr. Stein and the staff will give you post-surgical instructions to follow, such as care of the surgical site, certain foods to avoid, and medications to take to ensure a smooth recovery. It is not uncommon to experience minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising following surgery. During this time, you will attend the necessary follow-up appointments so Dr. Stein can monitor your recovery.
Risks of Dental Implant Surgery
As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with dental implant surgery, which can include:
- Nerve damage
- Short-term or long-term numbness
- Injury to surrounding teeth or gums
- Sinus issues
However, choosing an experienced prosthodontist, such as Dr. Stein, will significantly lower your risk for complications. Caring for your dental implant-supported restorations is much like caring for your natural teeth. You can prolong the life of your implants by brushing your teeth twice at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.
At our dental practice, Dr. Stein can design a dental implant treatment to fit your needs and timeline.