What is a dental implant?
Whether you need to replace a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants can provide a permanent solution that will let you smile, laugh and enjoy your favorite foods with confidence.
Dental implants are specially-made titanium screws placed in the jawbone to serve as a firm foundation for a new tooth or denture that looks and feels completely natural.
What steps are involved in getting an implant?
If you recently lost a tooth or have full or partial dentures, you might want to consider a dental implant. Getting an implant is basically a three part process:
- An anchor- a titanium screw- is embedded in the jaw bone.
- a post is inserted into the anchor to hold an artificial tooth.
- The artificial tooth is attached to the post.
How permanent are dental implants?
Most implants should last a lifetime. Over the past 30 years, thousands of implants remain in place and still fuction like natural teeth. Astra Tech is a leading manufacturer of implant systems and has sponsored over twenty clinical studies to track implant patients.
A crown is a restoration that covers,or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size.
Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth.
A crown is placed for a number of reasons:
To support a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining,to attach a bridge,to protect weak teeth from fracturing,to restore fractured teeth and to cover a dental implant.
If stained, chipped, or crooked teeth detract from your smile, porcelain veneers may be the solution for you. Dental veneers are thin shells of highly stain-resistant porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, creating a natural looking smile. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where your porcelain veneers will be custom manufactured.
In about one to two weeks, your veneers will be completed and ready to be attached, Dr. Scolnick will bond the veneers to your teeth, and you will leave our office with a gleaming new smile.
Teeth become discolored by age, tobacco use, certain medications, and staining foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Fortunately, in most cases our office can whiten teeth that have become stained.
Using the latest technology, we can now perform a complete whitening procedure in a single office visit. Whether you are 18 or 81, a bright smile can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself.
Using a GLO whitening system, the entire whitening process takes approximately 1 hour. Although not everyone can benefit from tooth whitening (it cannot lighten fillings or crowns, for example), most people with healthy teeth are potential candidates.
The entire procedure is done in our office. Your upper and lower teeth are whitened at the same time. Your new smile can help you look younger, healthier, and more vibrant. The results may last for years, depending on your lifestyle.
Oral hygiene should be a part of your daily life and includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing. In addition to your home care routine, you should schedule at least two cleanings with our office per year, which can include tooth cleaning, tooth polishing and, in some cases, debridement if excess tartar has accumulated on the teeth.
Enhancing your smile can make a world of difference in how you see yourself and how others see you. A more youthful smile can takes years off of your appearance and improve your overall well being. Cosmetic dentistry includes everything from bleaching and bonding to crowns and veneers.
As you work with Dr. Scolnick, he will develop a plan that will leave your smile healthier and more attractive.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
If you have large cavities or are looking to replace your old metal fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays offer a more natural look and feel. Porcelain inlays are custom manufactured to match the look and feel of your own teeth. Porcelain inlays are strong and durable. Inlays are not merely cosmetic. Once porcelain inlays are bonded they can prevent further tooth decay.
Porcelain onlays are made similarly to porcelain inlays, but function more like a crown; they cover the top teeth that are too decayed to be fixed by a filling alone. Unlike a crown, porcelain onlays only cover the weakened part of the tooth and do not extend all the way down to the gum line.
Anesthetic Fillings and Bonds
Local anesthetic is used to numb the area of the mouth where Dr. Scolnick will remove any decaying or unsound portions of the tooth. Once the decay is cleared away, Dr. Scolnick will fill the tooth with a composite or amalgam filling. After the filling sets, we will check to make sure your bite is comfortably aligned.
Bonding, while similar to a filling, allows us to enhance the aesthetics of a tooth in shape and color. Bonding is the most economical choice in cosmetic dentistry.
Partials and Full Dentures
Dentures have become more durable and cosmetically appealing as cosmetic dentistry has advanced. Dr. Scolnick is committed to providing patients with partial or full dentures that use only the best materials that closely match the look of natural teeth. Unlike permanent dental prosthetics, partial and full dentures are removable frames or plates of artificial teeth. Dentures can be manufactured to resemble your natural smile and once completed can improve the look of your smile and jaw.
Missing teeth can be unsightly and make you self-conscious. Bridges are one possible way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Scolnick fixes crowns and bridges into the mouth to secure an artificial tooth or teeth into the gap. Using gold, porcelain on metal or porcelain bridges, Dr. Scolnick is able to insert bridges that are comfortable and convincing replacements for natural teeth.
If you’re getting implants, Dr. Scolnick may need to perform a sinus lift or a sinus graft. Tooth loss can lead to a weakening of the bones near the sinuses and an expansion of the sinuses. The diminished bones and expanded sinus makes it impossible to safely secure an implant without a sinus lift. During this careful and common procedure, the sinus is gently lifted up and grafting material is added to the bone so an implant can be added to the mouth.
Implants need to be anchored in strong bones. If bone has deteriorated, Dr. Scolnick may need to perform a bone graft. Bone grafting is a safe and routine procedure used to reinforce deteriorated bone in the jaw that allows Dr. Scolnick to securely anchor implants. During a bone graft demineralized, sterile human bone granules and a patient’s own bone minerals are used to build up weakened areas of the jaw so implants can be successfully installed.
Teeth are extracted when a tooth becomes diseased, experiences trauma, or there is overcrowding in the mouth. During the extraction Dr. Scolnick will numb your mouth to eliminate any pain and afterward provide you with easy to follow cleaning instructions to help your mouth heal as quickly as possible. Dr. Scolnick takes every possible step to make sure that you are comfortable during and after the extraction.
Night Guard and Sleep Apnea
Night guards are the first step in managing sleep apnea and the FDA has approved over 100 appliances to help with sleep apnea and severe snoring. While over-the-counter night guards are available they are not FDA approved and can potentially worsen sleep apnea, cause tooth movement or jaw problems. Dr. Scolnick works with patients to properly fit night guards that are comfortable, easy to use, quiet and convenient for travel.