Dr. Leichter has been placing implants longer than any periodontist in Palm Beach County and continues to train dentists in the latest implant techniques available. Oftentimes, implants today may be placed at the time of tooth removal with essentially no post-operative discomfort for the patient.
Dental implants1 can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. Contact our office today to see if implants can improve your dental health.
About the Procedure
A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a “root-form”) and are placed within the bone (endo- being the Greek prefix for “in” and osseous referring to “bone”). The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Osseointegration refers to the fusion of the implant surface with the surrounding bone. This is what makes the implant resemble the look and feel of a natural tooth. Since dental implants fuse with bone and lack the periodontal ligament, however, they will feel slightly different than natural teeth during chewing.
Who Is a Candidate?
Ideal Candidates for dental implants are:
Missing Teeth: Tooth root is essential for jawbone to be stimulated, receive blood flow and nutrients when the mouth chews. If there are missing teeth2, the jawbone may start to resorb or break down.
Ideal Candidates for dental implants must fulfill the following requirements:
Healthy Gums: gingivitis or periodontal disease3 are not likely to be ideal candidates.
Sufficient Bone Density: a strong jaw is crucial for anchoring implants. Maybe a bone reconstruction should be a first requirement if the candidate suffers from bone loss or weak jawbone.
Great Oral Health & Hygiene: to avoid infections or dental problems, daily brushing and flossing is to be a must.
No Tobacco Use: Quitting smoking is a recommendation to protect your oral health and to help procedures succeed.
Minimal Bruxism: Teeth grinding and clenching can cause too much pressure on the dental implants and may result in a procedure failure. We can also recommend nightguards that can help protect your teeth and your beautiful smile. Ask us about custom-fitted nightguards.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the potential advantages of dental implants?
A look and feel that is much like natural teeth
Self-confidence while speaking, eating, and smiling
Implants are not susceptible to sensitivity or decay as with natural teeth
There’s no need to dust down adjacent teeth to support replacement teeth
Implants help preserve bone structure and soft tissue levels
There’s no need to use questionable abutment teeth
Implants are securely anchored-no slipping, clicking, movement, or surface adhesives
A space between the teeth may be reproduced when necessary
A complete set of teeth will not require plastic across the roof of the mouth
Implants have an overall 10-year success rate of about 95 percent
What is the success rate for dental implants?
It varies from person to person, but following the recommendations for health and habits, good oral hygiene, dental implants have a successful rate of 90-95%.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are not susceptible to diseases which natural teeth have, yet a healthy gum is vital for helping the dental implant succeed. Healthcare, implant hygiene, habits, medical history, and many other variety of factors are of the essence when talking about dental implants life term.
Dr. Julian C. Leichter is a Harvard Fellow, and Boca Raton’s trusted leader in periodontics with more than 40 years of experience in natural tooth preservation, and implant preservation. His periodontal bone regeneration stem cell transplantation techniques continue to nurture many healthy smiles throughout Florida, and beyond.