Missing teeth can be more than just a dental health issue, they can affect both daily quality of life and your sense of self-confidence. In addition, when left untreated missing teeth can lead to complex dental problems that can have an effect on replacement options.
Dr. Brad Gorsky offers several options for replacing missing teeth but often recommends dental implants because of the benefits they provide for overall dental health and quality of life. Dr. Gorsky will thoroughly evaluate your dental health and discuss your individual concerns and goals to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants and can enjoy the over 95% success rate current patients have been experiencing with this tooth-replacement option.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” of tooth replacement, providing a permanent prosthetic tooth that mimics the natural tooth in many ways.
One of the most important aspects of dental implants is the tiny titanium post that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone. It functions much like a natural tooth root and securely holds a custom-made dental crown in place. The post also reduces bone loss in the jaw, a common side effect of tooth loss that often leads to a more aged appearance as the jaw shrinks.
- Benefits of dental implants
- Reduce bone loss in the jaw
- The patient can eat and speak normally
- No need for daily maintenance or adhesives
- Improves overall dental health, when compared to alternatives
- Over 95% success rate among current patients
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that will result in a comfortable, custom made prosthetic tooth that will last for a lifetime with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Dr. Gorsky will complete a thorough dental examination to determine your candidacy for dental implants: there must be enough healthy jaw bone to support the implanted post. He will coordinate the surgical phase of the procedure with a local oral surgeon and follow up with your care to ensure a good result.
Implantation: The placement of the dental implant is a simple procedure performed in the oral surgeon’s office under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone.
Implant Restoration: After the healing process is complete, Dr. Gorsky will uncover the implant and attach the dental crown, bridge, or denture. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure long term health and function of the dental implant.
Dental Implant FAQs
What is the best choice for missing teeth?
Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are may options for replacement. Dr. Gorsky will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long-lasting, worry-free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak, and smile confidently and without any restrictions.
What is a dental implant and how does it work?
A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone, replacing the root of a missing tooth. When fully integrated with the bone, the dental implant will provide stability and support for a replacement tooth. A dental implant can be used to support a dental crown for a single missing tooth or a denture to replace all of your missing teeth.
Are dental implants right for me?
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients should be healthy enough for surgery, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Dr. Gorsky will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the various treatment options available to you.