Dental Implants: The Most Successful Tooth Replacement Option in Dentistry
Missing teeth can interfere with the health, function, and aesthetics of a smile. Fortunately, dental implants have become a long-lasting, durable tooth replacement option. Dental implants imitate the natural roots of a tooth and are the most stable supports for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dr. Robert F. Berger is a fellow in the International Congress of Implantology with decades of experience placing and restoring dental implants. Our patients at Berger Dental Group in Columbia, SC, can enjoy the convenience of having their implants placed and restored in a single convenient location.
About Dental Implants
Crafted from surgical-grade titanium, dental implants are surgically set into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. When implant posts fuse with the surrounding bone tissue, they offer unparalleled stability and support for dental restorations. Implants have been used for decades in dentistry. Due to advances in technology, they are now widely considered to be the most successful and predictable tooth replacement option available, lasting for a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
Comprehensive Care for Your Convenience
At Berger Dental Group, we value patient care and convenience. That is why we offer a number of dental services under one roof. Dr. Berger has been placing and restoring implants since 1989. While other dental practices only restore dental implants, we can perform the implant placement surgery, as well.
Dental implants can offer an improved quality of life and long-lasting benefits. In some cases, patients will require preparatory procedures, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. These treatments can also be completed at our practice. With all of your dental records in one place, we can provide accurate and efficient care.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To be considered for dental implant surgery, you must be in good oral health. If you are suffering from extensive decay or periodontal disease, these issues will need to be addressed before you can undergo dental implants placement.
Additionally, patients considering implants should have sufficient jawbone tissue to support an implant. Because jawbone atrophy can occur following tooth loss, some patients may require bone grafting in preparation for an implant. However, if a significant amount of bone density has been lost, you may not be a candidate at all. The only way to know for sure is to have a consultation with Dr. Berger. During a comprehensive assessment, he can determine if dental implants will be a feasible option for you.
Dental Implants vs. Traditional Restorations
Implants are incredibly versatile and can be restored with single crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. In each of these situations, implants offer significant advantages. For example, the traditional way to replace one missing tooth is to place a dental bridge. In order to do this, however, the natural teeth on either side of the space must be drilled and reduced to make room for your new restoration. Conversely, a single dental implant could be placed. This would leave the other two natural teeth intact. Simply stated, a single implant is a one-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem.
To replace a number of consecutive missing teeth, an implant-supported bridge could be placed in the same fashion, preserving your natural tooth structure. Because dental implants stimulate the nerves in the jaw, they will also prevent bone atrophy from occurring over time.
And finally, when it comes to dentures, implants offer superior stability. Patients who wear conventional dentures often complain about shifting while they are eating or speaking. Implants secure the prosthesis and reduce movement. Traditional dentures also require frequent adjustments. This is because the jawbone continues to deteriorate over time, due to the missing teeth. Implants, however, preserve the natural jaw structure for optimal oral health.
Dental Implant Procedure
Patients receiving dental implants can expect their treatment to follow certain steps:
- Initial Consultation: In order to design a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Berger will perform a full assessment to determine the proper location of your new implants. This will include scans and x-rays, which will help him establish the health of your jawbone.
- Preparatory Procedures: If any extractions, bone grafts, or sinus lifts are necessary, they will be performed first. Healing times can vary, but can last between three and nine months. Not every patient will necessitate preparatory treatment.
- Implant Placement: The implant will be placed into the jawbone during a surgical procedure.
- Healing Phase: For several months following implant placement, a process known as osseointegration occurs. During this time, the jawbone will fuse to the implant, providing stability for your restoration.
- Placement of Final Restoration: Once osseointegration has occurred, your final restoration can be attached.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in exploring dental implants, schedule a visit with Dr. Berger. You can do so by calling our office at (803) 787-9793 or contacting us online.