About Dental Implants

About Dental Implants

Dr. Greenberg explains all procedures thoroughly so that you understand your treatment.

Lifelike and comfortable replacements for missing teeth

A major part of a periodontist’s training is in the placement and care of dental implants. Dr. Greenberg has undertaken many years of specialized training in implant surgery. He has been providing dental implant treatment for nearly three decades, and brings this wealth of experience to your implant treatment.

What is a Dental Implant?

About Dental ImplantsSimply stated, a dental implant is an artificially constructed tooth used to replace a missing natural tooth. A bio-compatible titanium post is inserted into the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth root. Implants are used to support crowns, bridges, or even secure a denture.

Dental implants are a modern, predictable approach to replacing missing teeth that eliminate the need for partial plates, traditional bridges or dentures, all of which can have severe disadvantages for the wearer.

Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth and can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Modern dental implants have a proven track record of success and provide a life-changing option for many patients!

How Dental Implants work

Dental ImplantsThe titanium dental implant actually integrates into the bone. This makes the dental implant as strong, or even stronger, than a natural tooth root.

Who are candidates for Dental Implants?

With modern advancements in technology, most patients can receive dental implants. Previously, patients with conditions such as diabetes, or who were smokers, were considered too high of a risk for successful implant placement. Patients with too little bone, lost through periodontal disease or through having long-term missing teeth, were also not considered qualified.

Dr. Greenberg has equipped his practice with all the modern technology he needs to ensure patients can receive the benefits of implants. As a chronic disease or medication can compromise healing, he carefully monitors patients with diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, or who are taking medications. Where necessary, he coordinates with the patient’s physician to ensure successful, and safe, implant surgery.

Modern technology making the difference

State-of-the-Art Technology - Planmeca ProMax 3D

State-of-the-art diagnostics are used to plan your implant placement.

Where there has been bone loss, Dr. Greenberg uses digital panoramic X-rays and a cone beam 3D CT scanner to get a comprehensive view of the bone surrounding your teeth. The 3D CT scanner images give 3D 360 degree views of your teeth and the supporting bone in your jaw.

Using these images he locates bone of sufficient volume and density to use for implant placement. This imaging also allow him to precisely plan the exact placement of the implant ahead of time, so that cutting and suturing is minimized or eliminated.

For drilling, and for any other incisions that might be required, he uses ultrasonic or laser technology. Ultrasonic and laser waves selectively cut only the targeted bone and leave the surrounding soft tissues untouched.

Dr. Greenberg uses a computerized anesthesia delivery system, The Wand®, to ensure the right amount of numbing, and for a slow, painless delivery of the anesthesia.

These technologies make the procedure minimally invasive and easier on the patient, and the process of dental implant treatment generally comfortable.

Where there is an insufficient of bone to place the implant, Dr. Greenberg uses advanced bone grafting techniques to augment the bone volume.

Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

Dr. Greenberg will explain the advantages of implants in a free consultation.

Dr. Greenberg offers a complimentary consultation to help you decide if dental implants are the right solution for you.

  • Consultation with the doctor
  • Periodontal evaluation
  • Learn about treatment options
  • Find out if dental implants are right for you
  • Get all your questions answered

To make an appointment, call (717) 775-7576 or click here to request an appointment online.

Benefits and advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are attached to crowns, dental bridges or dentures to form permanent, lifelike restorations. As a unit, the dental implant plus the restoration (new tooth or teeth), have many advantages, especially compared to leaving teeth missing or using dentures.

Restore your mouth to its natural state!

Dental implants replace the root as well as providing new teeth, and look, function and feel very much like natural teeth. They are the closest you can get to having your natural teeth once again.

Dental Implants prevent bone loss

Where a tooth is missing, the jawbone shrinks (resorbs). This is because the bone has lost the stimulus and pressure of the chewing tooth.

In the first year after losing a tooth, if nothing is done to preserve the bone where the tooth was, the jaw loses 25% of its volume in the area of the missing tooth, and bone loss continues over the years.

Implants prevent bone resorption by providing the needed stimulus. This is vital when all teeth are missing, as the lower part of the face can actually collapse with the progressive loss of bone.

Dental Implants can prevent facial sagging and premature aging

Facial Sagging - About Dental Implants

Missing teeth and wearing dentures cause a gradual progression of bone loss until the face appears to collapse in on itself.

If missing teeth are left missing, the progressive bone loss causes the height between the tip of the nose and chin to decrease, causing the lower third of the face to collapse.

This also causes excess wrinkles around the mouth, drooping jowls, sagging skin, thinning lips and a more pointed chin, making the person look a lot older than his or her true age.

Dental implants help prevent facial collapse that occurs when missing teeth are left without replacement.

Conversely, when implants are placed for someone who has had long-term missing teeth and has been wearing dentures, the facial structure rebuilds and the person looks younger and more attractive!

Full chewing power: Dental Implants allow you to eat what you want and what you need!

Dentures provide only 10% of natural chewing power, meaning there are many foods you can’t eat. Dental implants can give you full or close-to-full chewing ability!

People with multiple missing teeth who have been wearing dentures will greatly appreciate this benefit. They can once again enjoy foods like steaks, corn on the cob and apples.

Best of all, implants will make it easier for them to eat fresh vegetables and fruit, so their diet improves and they can avoid malnutrition and stomach problems. Digestion is improved further by being able to break down the food through proper chewing.

Dental Implants can last a lifetime

Implants have been proven to have a long and even indefinite life span. They are made out of the non-corrosive, neutral metal, titanium, stronger than most tooth roots! Dental implants do need to be looked after, just like natural teeth.

A dental implant’s lifespan is generally greater than that of a dental bridge or dentures. Because bridges require the cutting down of adjacent teeth, they are much more invasive procedure than implants. Studies show that after about seven years the teeth supporting the bridge suffer further damage, and some even require root canals as a result.

Dental implants can be a more economical investment in the long term.

Dental Implants give you a natural experience compared to dentures

You don’t have to take the teeth out at night, use adhesives, or ever worry that the dentures will move around or pop out. There is no fake palate covering the roof of your mouth to prevent savoring the taste of food. This plus the normal chewing power implants give you, makes eating fully enjoyable again.

Dental Implants preserve adjacent teeth, unlike dental bridges or partial dentures

About Dental Implants

Regular bridges require the cutting down of the teeth that support the bridge.

Dental bridges are used to replace one to two missing teeth. The prosthetic tooth or teeth are supported by the adjacent natural teeth, which have to be cut down and capped. Partial dentures require clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, which puts pressure on them and can cause them to break or loosen.

A dental implant can replace just the missing tooth or teeth, without damage to adjacent teeth.

Dental Implants keep adjacent teeth stable

The gap caused by a missing tooth can destabilize adjacent teeth, causing them to shift towards the gap. This pulls your teeth out of position and can affect your bite and your ability to chew. A poor bite can also lead to problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

Dental Implants can help keep you free of gum disease

Gaps from missing teeth can act as traps for food and bacteria and can lead to gum disease.

To make an appointment, call (717) 775-7576 or click here to request an appointment online.