Dental Implants
Implant Benefits
Implant Benefits

Restored self-esteem and renewed self-confidence. Our patients, who enjoy the benefits of their implant-supported replacement teeth talk openly about restored self-esteem and self-confidence as a result of a younger appearance, ability to eat the foods they want, increased comfort, and improved overall health.

Improved appearance. Implants preserve bone, helping prevent deterioration of the facial structures; with the benefit of an improved appearance. When all the natural teeth are severely compromised or missing, there is nothing left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. The body senses that the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to dissolve it away. This results in facial collapse.

After many years, it often becomes difficult to wear a denture because there is little bone left to support it. This results in the lips folding in, and the lower face shriveling up (witches chin) with wrinkles around the mouth making you look like a much older person. With dental implants, the appearance of these wrinkles caused by posterior bite collapse or complete facial structure collapse are virtually eliminated.

Remove the embarrassment factor. Some implant-supported replacement teeth never have to come out, not for daily cleaning, brushing and flossing, or even during a hospital visit or other medical exam. They are permanent. Just like your new smile.

The mouth is restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, including the root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. Dental implants are the closest thing we have to our natural teeth.

Your smile is improved when replacement teeth look more like natural teeth. Even when only one tooth is missing, long-term aesthetics are usually much better with an implant-supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth-supported bridge. This is particularly important in the front of your mouth, where preventing a visible bone defect is critical for natural appearance.

Healthy adjacent teeth are not destroyed to replace the missing tooth/teeth. Tooth replacement with traditional tooth-supported bridges requires preparing the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these prepared teeth can become compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto the anchor teeth, putting pressure on them as the partial rocks back and forth in function. Eventually these teeth can loosen and fail as a result of this unnatural pressure. Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are not compromised, damaged or destroyed.

Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With implant-supported replacement teeth, the appearance of the smile is more natural and the teeth function more like natural teeth. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating.

If removable dentures and partials are replaced with implant-supported fixed bridges, the overall enhancement in quality of life is even more significant.

  • Your eating habits will improve with the ability to eat different kinds of foods.
  • Messy and potentially toxic adhesives used to hold dentures in place are eliminated.
  • Unsightly destructive metal clasps common with partial dentures, which can damage adjacent teeth and gums are now non-existent.

Failing teeth can cause other health issues. It is well documented that periodontal disease is a bacteria-induced chronic infection and inflammatory disease that does not resolve by itself. Unchecked, inflammation and infection contribute to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Dentists and cardiologists have long known that neglecting your teeth can lead to more than just a toothache. Scientific studies indicate there is a link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. It has been shown that improving poor oral health can actually improve your overall health.

Convenient oral hygiene. Caring for an implant-supported crown is the same as caring for natural teeth; however, it is one of the most frequently overlooked ingredients for implant success. It is recommended that you request an appointment to have regular dental check-ups, hygiene visits, and get annual x-rays to make sure the surrounding bone is supporting the implant correctly and to discuss any questions or current concerns you may have. These periodic visits will help keep your replacement teeth healthy for many years to come.

Implant Placement

In order to place an implant, a couple of steps must be taken:

1) An incision is made into the gums using very precise measurements, then using a very small drill, the jawbone is given a "tap" that will allow the implant to be placed. After the implant is screwed into place, the gums are closed up and the healing process begins. This process can take approximately three to six months to ensure the implant has fused with the bone to create a sturdy base for the new teeth.

2) When the implant is ready, an abutment is attached to the implant, which allows for a new crown to be placed or a denture to be attached.

Single Tooth Implant

Do you have missing teeth? It is critically important to replace missing teeth. Eating and chewing with missing teeth can sabotage your bite and lead to incessant discomfort. Missing teeth can give rise to a mouth rearrangement that often results in facial changes that look decrepit.

A single tooth implant procedure may be done if a tooth has been extracted or is missing. A titanium implant base is placed into the jawbone to resemble the tooth root. We allow a period of time for the jawbone to heal over the implant base before fitting for a crown.

Next, an abutment is screwed into the base of the implant to allow for a crown to be fitted on top. Finally, a custom fabricated crown is placed over the abutment to function like a real tooth.

Multiple Tooth Implants

Multiple implants may be placed if you need or desire to permanently restore two or more lost teeth. Titanium implant bases are placed into the jawbone to replace the job of the tooth roots. We allow a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal over the bases before fitting for a crown. Next, abutments are screwed into the bases of the implants to allow crowns to be attached. Finally, custom fabricated crowns are placed over the abutments and will function like a real tooth.

Full Arch Implants

In many circumstances, all of the upper or lower remaining teeth need to be removed due to advanced periodontal disease and/or dental decay. One approach is a full upper or lower denture; however, this treatment modality is not recommended. The treatment of choice is to replace the upper or lower teeth with crowns that are in place permanently and supported by dental implants. A common goal of treatment is to have (twelve teeth-crowns) supported by eight implants. The four crowns that are not supported by the implants are connected to adjacent implant supported crowns. With this optimal approach, the maximum amount of bone is preserved.

What is All-on-Four, Five or Six®?

When patients are missing or will be losing all of their teeth in one or both arches, there is no better or faster treatment solution than the Teeth in a Day or All-on-Four, Five or Six® procedure. After a consultation and preliminary steps, your arch reconstructive surgery can be completed in a short period of time. You will arrive in the morning and leave by the mid afternoon with a brand new, functional and beautiful new arch of teeth.

A traditional dental implant procedure uses up to eight to ten implants for each arch reconstruction, while the All-on-Four, Five or Six® uses only four, five or six. It is successful due to the 45-degree angle of the rear implants. Because the rear implant is longer, it is stronger and able to readily fuse into available bone (not usable with older dental implants), which saves you the additional step of bone grafting.

Most importantly, your new implants will be restored the very same day, providing you with a non-removable and beautiful smile at the same time. Traditional implants may take nearly a year before teeth can be placed. This is inconvenient and sometimes frustrating for patients because it leaves the patient either toothless or with less than ideal solutions such as dentures.

What happens during the procedure?

Before the All-on-Four,Five or Six® implants are installed, you will be seen a few times by Dr. Levine in order to craft your specialized treatment plan. Using CT Scan technology, X-Rays and impressions, Dr. Levine and an oral surgeon will establish every aspect of your surgery before it occurs, allowing the day of surgery to be as streamlined as possible.

After these set-up steps, the All-On-Four, Five or Six dental implant procedure takes only one additional day. You arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon with a whole new smile. For this reason, Dr. Levine's patients call this procedure the best thing going because they never will have removable teeth from the time the teeth are extracted and the implants are placed.

Once the above procedures are completed, there is one additional procedure six months later where Dr. Levine will take impressions in order to make your final definitive set of teeth that will last for years to come!

Mini Implants

MDI (mini dental implant) is an implant used to provide better denture stability in patients that cannot handle standard implant surgery, do not have enough bone to support a standard implant or are going from one prosthetic system to another due to continuing therapy.

The top of an MDI implant is shaped like a ball that allows a rubber o-ring to snap over the ball when the denture is placed onto it. These types of implants can usually be placed in one or two office visits because there is no waiting on the jawbone to heal. In most situations, the patient can walk out with their dentures the same day they receive their implants.

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Dr. Levine has years of experience and training and is considered an expert in these highly sophisticated procedures. Dr. Levine’s facility and staff perform procedures which result in beautiful smiles, all with minimal downtime. Patients having received the All on Four, Five or Six® implants commonly have no more self-conscious feelings about their smile, look and feel more professional, attractive and ready to return to the life they had before tooth loss.

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