Dr. Carbonaro has been placing dental implants for over 25 years and has been a leader in helping patients reclaim a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime, through contemporary Periodontal Therapy and Comprehensive Implant Dentistry™.
Our exclusive Comprehensive Implant Dentistry™ procedure uses advanced techniques including high tech, 3D computer placement software, and the latest in pain control for your comfort. By using this procedure and taking into consideration all the necessary factors that play a crucial role in providing you predictable long-lasting results, we have been able to achieve a 99% success rate for more than 25 years!
Replacing a Missing Tooth
A natural tooth is anchored into the jawbone by its tooth root. Tooth roots attach firmly to the jawbone and keep your teeth stable when chewing solid foods.
Before the introduction of implants, the traditional treatment for replacing teeth was the use of bridges. The healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth would be cut down and the area would be treated with a three-crown “bridge.”
Dental implants are the modern alternative. Instead of cutting down two perfectly healthy teeth, Dr. Carbonaro inserts a dental implant into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. This implant becomes solidly fixed into your jaw (somewhat like a natural tooth root). Your general dentist then places a crown onto this dental implant. The result is a new tooth that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.
Quite simply, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.
Replacing Several Missing Teeth
Dental implants can now be used to anchor partial and full dentures. This prevents the slipping, irritation, and pain associated with “floating” partials and dentures. In some cases, it also prevents the tedious removal of dentures for overnight soaking and cleaning. Dental implants also eliminate the need for dental adhesives. This allows you to enjoy eating the foods you previously avoided. With dental implants, your partial or full dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone, causing them to feel much more like natural teeth.
Natural tooth roots and dental implants are fixed firmly in your jawbone. When you chew, these tooth roots and implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking. You may have seen a person who looked prematurely old because their jawbone had shrunk after wearing floating dentures. Dental implants help preserve your jawbone and appearance.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
The discomfort involved with receiving a dental implant is similar to that of having a cavity filled. The procedure is most often performed under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure. Some patients prefer to receive additional sedation and we offer a variety of solutions to make your experience in our office a comfortable one.
Single Tooth Replacement
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
The current design of the implants Dr. Carbonaro uses has lasted more than 25 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.
A critical question in determining whether an implant can be placed is, “Is there enough bone to support the implant?” Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than just 10 years ago.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
After performing a comprehensive examination, Dr. Carbonaro will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Many of our implant patients are surprised to learn that this is a viable treatment option for them, as they had been told otherwise in the past. We urge you to contact our office for a no-obligation examination to learn about the implant treatment available for you.
For More Information
The following site will provide you with more information on dental implants:
- American Academy of Periodontology Article:
Dental Implants: Teeth That Look and Feel Like Your Own
- Academy of Osseointegration