Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
Dr. Patel is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. He will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.
Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device. Bone grafting is a common procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The bone used to graft is taken from a sample from the patient. Many times, the bone is taken from another area of the mouth when drilling takes place. The bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. Cadaver bone fragments are also used. They are harvested by bone banks and are a very safe source for bone donation.
PRF (Platelet Rich Firbin) Therapy
If you suffered a small scrape on your knee, your body would react by creating a clot to stop the bleeding, form a scab, and finally regenerate healthy new skin. Platelet Fibrin Therapy is similar. A small amount of blood is collected to create an advanced bioactive compound that will boost the healing forces found within your own blood to improve your healing. The procedure to obtain PRF is virtually painless - no more so than a routine blood test.
The therapy is 100% natural and additive-free. Natural growth factors present in your body are concentrated using PRF. Your own concentrated platelets and other key blood cells and their unique healing abilities are simply re-introduced at the site of your surgical procedure. As a result, your own body releases powerful healing proteins, and creates a scaffold for healing.
Mini dental implants are about half the size in diameter of a regular dental implant. This offers many benefits, and they can also be used in situations where regular implants cannot. If an implant needs to be placed in a narrow space, mini implants are the preferred method because of their smaller size.
A main use for mini implants is to install a full upper or lower denture. A series of mini implants (4-6) are placed al ng the gum line and they serve as the base of the denture. Rather than placing a single implant for a single tooth, an entire lower or upper set of teeth are directly attached to the gum line.
The small size of mini implants often means that no incision needs to be made to place the implant. They can usually be inserted right through the gum into the bone. This eliminates the need for a recovery period, and the restoration can usually be placed right away or only a short time after.
Mini implants are also less expensive than regular implants. Only your dentist knows if mini implants are right for you, so call for your consultation today.
Dental Implants for Terminal Dentition
Traditional Implants and Dentures/ Partials with Implants
There are few things more important than the quality of your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Dr. Patel and his highly qualified team, are dedicated to providing you and your family with the best dental care and access to the most up to date techniques and procedures. For patients who are experiencing tooth loss due to damage, Dr. Patel offers dental implants.
Dental implants are a terrific alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. They provide a more natural look, are more permanent, and are usually more comfortable to the patient. Made from incredibly durable ceramic, dental implants are the best option for creating the look and function of natural teeth.
Each patient has different needs and for those patients with a single tooth loss, a dental implant is the answer. For these patients a single unit, including the implantation device and ceramic crown, is installed into the jaw bone together. This procedure typically requires four visits to Dr. Patel and the good news is patients are usually able to return to work and normal daily activities the day after the installation.
Sometimes patients may be missing more than one tooth. Multi-teeth replacement using dental implants is a viable option as well. In these cases, a permanent bridge is placed in the affected area. There are several advantages to conventional bridges. As noted, the dental implants are permanent and the patient doesn’t have removal and cleaning concerns as it would be with traditional bridges. Other benefits include the ability to eat any food without worry of slippage or food becoming trapped under the appliance. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, dental implants support dental health and prolong with the health of the jaw bone, limiting deterioration.
So what happens if the full arch of the gums need dental implants? The answer is it is the only solution for someone who has lost all of their teeth. Dental implants are the first fixed, permanent solution for severe tooth loss. Dr. Patel is equipped to replace the full arch with a fixed bridge and incredibly natural and comfortable implants. The advantages are similar to those for multi-teeth loss. Patients can enjoy their diet as they prefer, it is a permanent fix that will last a lifetime, and it assists with facial appearance and prevents unwanted jaw bone loss.
There are some patients who receive conventional dentures and never a moment’s problem with them, while there are others who experience discomfort, slippage, and other common issues associated with dentures. For those patients, dental implants can be used to stabilize the dentures and provide a greater level of comfort and confidence. Typically, depending on the individual case, full-sized or mini implants are used to bolster the existing dentures, though modifications may be necessary to the existing appliance.