Dental implants are the answer to the question, when are scientists going to come up with a way to grow missing teeth? Although not developed from cells, titanium dental implants share the same bone replacing foundations as hips and other joints. Implants are specially made titanium posts that are placed in the bone and serve as a new tooth root. An implant provides the anchor on which a crown or a bridge is placed. They can provide a permanent, beautiful alternative to dentures. They are so natural looking that they are impossible to distinguish from the surrounding teeth. You've probably even met someone with a dental implant and didn't even know it!
The biocompatible titanium implants are safe and durable. Over the past 30 years, thousands of implants remain sound and function like natural teeth. Implants require the same diligence in homecare and professional maintenance as all teeth. This means they can easily last a lifetime without complications.
Age is not factor in implant candidacy. Most people in good overall health can opt to have an implant placed with little risk of failure. To have an implant placed you should have healthy teeth and gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If you are ready to replace one or more missing teeth, let's set up a consultation to talk about it.
Full Mouth Restoration
A full-mouth restoration, also referred to as a full-mouth reconstruction, involves several cosmetic dentistry procedures designed to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Restorations are usually recommended for clients who have teeth that are damaged, worn down, or missing completely. Not only do damaged teeth negatively impact your smile appearance, they can also weaken your chewing ability and create bite imbalance. Depending on your degree of tooth damage, any of these dental treatments may be used to correct tooth condition: porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, tooth bonding, tooth-colored fillings, and dental bridges.
There have been many wonderful advances in restorative dentistry in the past several years, and today there is truly no good reason for you to feel uncomfortable.
Most of us require some type of dental restorative work, such as fillings, crowns or bridges, during our lifetimes. Due to our extensive experience and commitment to continuing education, Dentistry on the Hill offers patients the latest technology, materials and procedures.
Same-Day Dental Implants / Immediate Load Dental Implants
Immediate load implants or same day implants are the most modern and faster approach in implant placement. They were developed to satisfy the patients' demand for shorter times of implant treatments.
At Ufberg Dental, utilizing immediate load implants the tooth restoration (temporary or permanent), can be attached (loaded) on the implant in the same day immediately after the implant is placed in the jawbone.
Traditional implant procedures require a two-stage process. The implant is placed during the first surgical procedure followed by several months of healing period, waiting for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. Then the implant is uncovered during a second surgical procedure, the abutment is placed on the implant and finally the restoration is cemented on the abutment.
With immediate load implants, a single-stage process now eliminates the waiting time for healing and need for a secondary surgery. Dr. Ufberg is proud to offer this far less invasive and patient-freindly treatment at Ufberg Dental.
To find out if you're a candidate for Same-Day/Immediate Load Dental Implants, schedule your consultation with Aaron Ufberg, DMD today at 610-251-2227.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) have changed the face of implant placement. Unlike full implant placement where multiple dental visits are required, MDIs eliminate the need for surgery. The development of long term MDIs now allows the dentist to place anchors in the jaw during one noninvasive treatment. The most common use for MDIs is the stabilization of dentures and overdentures. MDIs firmly anchor the dental prosthesis, which means there is no longer any need to suffer with ill-fitting, loose dentures.
MDIs are designed to eliminate bone grafting and expedite treatment. Full implants require significant bone grafting and a recovery period. The latent period allowed the anchor of the implant to properly embed itself into the jawbone. The smaller size of MDIs means that no recovery period is necessary, and the denture can be fitted the same day.
An MDI is a tiny dental implant (similar to a screw) that is designed to act in place of a natural tooth root. MDIs are generally constructed from titanium and are either sprayed with calcium phosphate, or contain it along the length of the screw portion. The design and structure of MDIs promotes quick healing and long lasting results. The head portion of the implant looks very much like a ball. This ball fits firmly into the retaining mechanism and together these structures hold the dentures at a designated level. The dentures sit comfortably on the gum tissue and are able to withstand significant amounts of pressure and natural force.
MDIs are a true innovation for people who are reluctant to have invasive dental surgery and for denture wearers. One significant advantage MDIs have over full implants is that they offer a viable treatment choice for patients who have experienced extensive bone loss. Depending on the quality and density of jawbone available at the implant site, four of these mini implants may be implanted at one time. Unlike full implants, MDIs don’t require invasive surgery, which makes MDIs a gentler option. MDIs also minimize cost. Full-sized implants can be expensive to place, especially if many visits are required. The most common use for MDIs is to stabilize a lower denture, however they can be placed anywhere in the mouth.
Here are some of the other advantages associated with MDIs:
- Better smelling breath.
- Clearer speech.
- Easier chewing and biting.
- Easier cleaning.
- Firmer denture fit.
- High success rate. Less discomfort.
- No cutting or sutures.
- No need for adhesives or messy bonding agents.
- No rotting food beneath the denture.
- No slipping, wobbling or discomfort.
- Permanent results.
- Quick treatment time.
- Reduced costs.
Dentures & Overdentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals.
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.
Complete or full dentures are made when all of your natural teeth are missing. You can have a full denture on your upper or lower jaw, or both.
Complete dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient`s jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums can shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.
An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.
All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Interested in improving your smile? Take a look at your front teeth. Are they chipped, discolored, or slightly crooked? Do any teeth tarnish an otherwise fantastic smile? You may be a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to mask flaws and imperfections. They are stronger and longer lasting than fillings, and like crowns, veneers provide strength to the teeth. Unlike crowns, only a small portion of tooth surface is removed. More of your healthy tooth structure can be preserved. Veneers are translucent, allowing light to pass through them, making them look like your natural teeth and this means people notice you, not your veneers. What is most exciting is that veneers can close gaps, correct chips, and adjust the look of crowded teeth making them look straighter and more beautiful, many times in only 2 visits. When you are interested in making changes to your smile in the most natural way, veneers are the obvious choice.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
White Tooth-Colored Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Nitrous Oxide / Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is used for low levels of apprehension. You will be awake but not care what is going on. It is immediately reversible with oxygen and you can drive yourself home.