Whether from injury, gum disease, or decay, the loss of an adult tooth can be a devastating experience to endure. Dental implants are the latest innovative technology in the field of tooth replacement procedures, and they provide patients with a second chance to make that memorable first impression at work and in social settings. These structures are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that will look and function just like your natural teeth. Say goodbye to those pesky, uncomfortable dentures or bridges, with dental implants a person will gain their ability to eat and have the self-confidence to show off their vibrant smiles. Dr. Dmitri Karagodsky is a master implantologist who expertly performs all stages of dental implant treatment. This technology has improved the lives of millions of patients with missing teeth. Made of biocompatible titanium, implants are the most advanced type of tooth replacement available. They are capable of providing stable support for prosthetic teeth which both look and feel natural. As a member of both the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics (AAIP) Dr. Karagodsky is constantly expanding his education, in order to provide high-quality treatment for our patients. He offers a number of options for Dental Implants at his state-of-the-art Philadelphia, PA, dental practice near Somerton.
As a premier implant dentist, Dr. Karagodsky uses several different products and systems to give his patients the best results.
The Problem of Tooth Loss
The loss of permanent teeth is common. However, if you lose one or more of your teeth, it is essential to replace them in order to avoid problems with dental function, and to maintain your oral health. Missing teeth can result in the remaining teeth shifting and becoming destabilized, which can eventually result in the loss of even more teeth. In addition, tooth loss causes the jaw bone to shrink, because the body ceases to send nutrients to the area in the absence of tooth roots. This is particularly problematic for patients who are missing all or most of their teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are the treatment of choice in the event that you need to replace one or more permanent teeth. Implants can be particularly helpful for patients that currently wear dentures which slip around, or are uncomfortable. This is because they work very well to Stabilize Both Full and Partial Dentures. Because they simulate tooth roots, dental implants also help the jaw bone to retain mass. Treatment involves surgically placing the implants, which are tiny metal posts made of titanium, into the patient’s jaw bone tissue. Because titanium is biocompatible, the implants will fuse with the jaw bone as it heals. Once they are fully stabilized, the implants will provide a strong support system for all forms of dental restorations.
As a premier implant dentist, Dr. Karagodsky uses several different products and systems in order to give his patients the best results. In special cases in which the patient has good bone density in the front of the jaw, but not in the back, the doctor can place as few as four implants to support an entire arch. Dr. Karagodsky is adept at providing dental implant treatment for patients who are missing all of their teeth. He is also able to fix dental implants which were done badly by other treatment providers.
The process of dental implant treatment takes places in stages. First, you will have a consultation with Dr. Karagodsky to find out more about the procedure. If an in-depth assessment determines that you are a good candidate for dental implants, he will work with you to develop a treatment plan for the best possible outcome. Many dentists refer the surgical placement of dental implants out to a specialist and only restore the posts once they are healed. However, Dr. Karagodsky provides dental implant treatment from start to finish, so you do not have to visit multiple offices with us. Some patients need to have their jaw bone tissue augmented with a bone graft before dental implant surgery to provide a stable base for the implants, and Dr. Karagodsky also performs this procedure.
Treatment requires several steps, but most patients feel dental implants are worth the effort.
The surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and you will receive appropriate anesthesia for your comfort. The doctor will place the implants through your gum tissue into your jaw bone. He will then provide a temporary restoration for you to wear while the implant sites heal. Healing time is typically three to six months. During this time, the bone in your jaw will fuse to the implants, anchoring them in place. When the implants are fully integrated, you will return for a second visit. At this time, the doctor will expose the implants from under the gums and attach tiny connectors called abutments. A second, shorter healing period is necessary for the gums. Then Dr. Karagodsky can restore your implants with your permanent prosthetic.
Your surgery steps may differ slightly depending on the system being used and your individual needs. If you are ready to begin enjoying the many benefits of dental implants, Make an Appointment with Dr. Karagodsky to find out more.