Much of our self-esteem and confidence is affected by our appearance. Loss of natural teeth can dramatically affect your appearance and interfere with proper mouth function. Thanks to implant dentistry you can get back a natural smile and regain your self-confidence.
Todd B. Barsky, DDS, FACP, is a prosthodontist that specializes in restoration and replacement of missing teeth and their associated structures through the use of dental implants. Dr. Barsky is the only private practitioner of prosthodontics in Miami who is board certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is uniquely qualified to provide his patients with the full range of state-of-the-art procedures, techniques, and materials available to create and customize a unique, engaging, and functional smile.
Dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with metal (often titanium) screw-like posts, and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that appear and function like natural teeth. The surgery additionally stops deterioration in the jawbone.
Dental implant procedures are performed in stages and may involve several procedures. The type of dental implant selected by Dr. Barsky is determined by the patient’s goals(ed note: replace with “aims to obtain”?) and the condition of the jawbone to which it will be anchored. The titanium in the implant fuses with the jawbone, so the implants won’t slip, make noise or damage bone the way bridgework or dentures may. The dental materials used here do not deteriorate.
The initial dental implant consultation with Dr. Barsky it typically a conversation in his office to learn about your smile goals and the procedure options available. Dr. Barsky uses models and patient before & after photos to demonstrate what is possible with dental implants. To determine if dental implants are right for you, Dr. Barsky will document your health history, medical conditions, medications and also perform a comprehensive prosthodontic examination.
A treatment plan is customized for your needs. The extent of surgery, condition of the jawbone, and many other factors are considered. Other healthcare professionals may be included for related issues such as clearance for surgery from your primary care physician.
Options for controlling comfort during surgery include local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia.
Dental implant surgery is usually done as an outpatient, in stages:
After the abutment is placed, the gums must heal for one to two weeks, before the artificial teeth can be attached. Once the gums heal, more impressions will be made of your mouth and remaining teeth. The impressions are used to make the artificial teeth.
Once the metal implant post is placed in the jawbone, osseointegration begins. During the process, the jawbone grows into and unites with the surface of the dental implant. The process can take up to six months. It provides a more solid base for your new artificial tooth, as do the roots of your natural teeth.
Bone grafting may be required if your jawbone isn’t strong or is too soft to support the post and tooth. The powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on the bone. If it can’t support the implant, the surgery could fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant. With bone grafting, a piece of bone is removed from another part of the body, often the hip, and is transplanted to the jawbone. It can take up to nine months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support a dental implant. At times, only minor bone grafting is needed, which can be done at the same time as the implant surgery.
There are several implant procedures from which to choose. You and Dr. Barsky will choose the best option for you. The procedures include:
After each stage of surgery you may need to eat soft foods while the wounds heal, usually 10-14 days. Usually, your prosthodontist will use stitches which dissolve and don’t require removal. If not self-dissolving, they will be removed in about ten days.
Dr. Todd Barsky is an expert at replacing missing teeth and restoring broken teeth. Your healthy, beautiful smile is his #1 concern.Read Full Bio
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