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By Peter Silberstein, DMD
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsWould you like a beautiful, functional smile which meets your individual needs and smile goals? Would you like to close gaps so you look your best and stay healthy? Then, explore dental implants from Your Beautiful Smile in Boynton Beach. Dr. Peter Silberstein has recreated perfect smiles for scores of tooth loss patients. He can help you, too.

Implants versus traditional replacements

The modern dental implant gives tooth loss patients many oral health benefits. While conventional dentures and fixed bridgework adequately address some needs, single-tooth dental implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures are superior because they:

  • Are secure
  • Do not require enamel reduction on neighboring teeth (natural teeth must be crowned to support conventional fixed bridgework)
  • Cannot slip or fall out
  • Require no special adhesives, soaks or toothpaste
  • Do not restrict what the patient can eat or drink (it's difficult to bite and chew fibrous vegetables, fruits and meats with traditional dentures)

Even with the initial higher cost of implants, these artificial teeth are cost-effective in the long run. Traditional tooth replacements typically last ten years or so. Dental implants, however, last for many decades.

Receiving dental implants

As a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and specialist in several dental disciplines, Dr. Silberstein expertly evaluates many prospective implant patients at Your Beautiful Smile. Through examination and X-rays, he can tell if you are healthy enough--and have enough bone in your jaw--to receive dental implants.

If you do, placing a single-tooth implant is a simple process--both for the patient and the dentist. It takes about an hour. The dentist inserts the titanium implant into the jawbone and closes the areas with sutures.

Almost immediately, the bone and titanium start to meld. Called osseointegration, this bonding process takes several weeks or months to accomplish, but when finished, it guarantees a solid foundation for a metal alloy extension post and custom-made porcelain crown. For more extensive tooth loss, Dr. Silberstein uses multiple implants, strategically placed in the jaw, to support a bridge or even full dentures.

Caring for your implants

Follow American Dental Association guidelines, and brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Implant sites can develop an infection called peri-implantitis if not they are not maintained at home and with six-month cleanings with Dr. Silberstein and his team. Also, avoid tobacco as its many toxins degrade gums and bone around dental implants.

Close those gaps

Dental implants will keep you smiling for life. If you'd like more information on these innovative tooth replacements, please call Your Beautiful Smile for an appointment: (561) 459-1600.