A good prognosis relies heavily on choosing an excellent dental implant specialist. While many dentists now place dental implants, they have frequently only completed a short course in implant placement, providing a brief overview of just a single implant system.
Why Choose a Specialist for Your Oral Surgery?
Dental implant placement is a skilled process, and not every dentist is suited or capable of this type of procedure, but dental implants are Dr. Leonard Umanoff’s passion. He has extensive experience and training in placing different dental implant systems and can handle even the most complicated cases with ease.
When you visit LuxDen Dental Center, Dr. Umanoff assesses your suitability extensively and will select the right implant system for your needs.
Every stage of your implant treatment is extensively planned, using the most advanced technologies available today, before you even set foot in the treatment room for oral surgery.
Why Planning Is Crucial for a Good Prognosis
Implant planning is critical to ensure dental implants look and feel natural and that they function like real teeth. Excellent aesthetics and good functionality are only achievable with good implant planning that includes dental x-rays and a CT scan, and it might also be necessary to take dental impressions or photographs.
The CT scan is the most important diagnostic test, providing Dr. Leonard Umanoff with a detailed 3-D image of your jaws.
The image allows Dr. Umanoff to quantify the amount of healthy bone available for implant surgery and enables him to pinpoint the location of important structures to avoid during implant placement, including sinus cavities, nerves, and blood vessels.
It is also critical to ensure dental implants are inserted in precisely the right position and at the correct angle, and this is where experience truly matters. When dental implants aren’t inserted correctly, it makes it very difficult to restore them properly, and often, it becomes a compromise between functionality and appearance.
Dr. Umanoff combines his skill and experience in placing dental implants with the latest dental implant software.
This allows him to digitally manipulate 3-D images taken during your CT scan, ensuring each implant is inserted in exactly the right position and that your implants can be successfully restored with your crown, bridge, or denture, providing you with teeth that function correctly and which look wonderful.
Computer Guided Surgery
Advanced planning is all very well, but it is of limited use unless this plan is accurately replicated during your oral surgery. Computer guided surgery takes your virtual treatment plan, turning it into a surgical stent, a sophisticated template used during oral surgery. Using this template, Dr. Umanoff can see exactly where each implant is to be placed, including its angulation and depth.
Not every dental implant dentist will bother to use computer guided surgery, but it is advantageous, ensuring your treatment is quicker and more comfortable, and fewer incisions are needed. Using computer guided surgery helps increase the success of treatment.
Maintaining Healthy Dental Implants
Successful planning and placement of your dental implant are crucial for an excellent long-term outcome, but so is looking after your dental implant. Once fully healed and restored with your new prosthesis, you must maintain your implant correctly.
Looking after a dental implant is not complicated, and we will show you exactly how to clean around the implant, removing plaque and food debris thoroughly with regular brushing and flossing.
We can also demonstrate additional tools to use, such as interdental brushes that are extremely effective for implant cleaning. While dental implants are made from inert materials, they are surrounded by living tissues that can become infected without proper oral care.
Routine six-monthly checkups and hygiene appointments are critical for maintaining healthy dental implants.
During these appointments, we can check the condition of the gum and bone around your implants and can make sure that any small issues are quickly detected and treated. Hygiene appointments remove plaque and tartar from around the implant, helping to avoid infection.
What Is the Success Rate for Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment has a success rate that is more than 95%. Some expert dental implant dentists have success rates of 97% or even higher. These high success rates are due in part to correctly identifying those patients suitable for implant treatment. Usually, if you have reasonable oral and overall health, age isn’t a barrier, and dental implants are suitable for people whose jaws have finished growing and developing.
Dental implants are especially helpful for older people with uncomfortable, loose dentures. However, we must assess your medical history carefully as sometimes certain health conditions or medications may interfere with the success of implant treatment.
People who smoke or who use tobacco products are less suitable for implant treatment because cigarettes contain nicotine and other toxic substances that can impair blood flow, negatively affecting healing. When you smoke, nicotine narrows the blood vessels in your gums, so your body is less able to transport nutrients to the gums and harmful toxins away from your gum tissue. Also, because blood flow decreases, osseointegration is slower and can greatly increase the risk of implant failure.
The risk of smokers having implant failure is twice as high as for non-smokers.
Smoking after completing implant treatment will increase the risk of peri-implantitis, a potentially serious bacterial infection that can cause implant loss. If you do smoke, we much prefer that you quit for good before treatment as the chances of enjoying a successful implant treatment are far higher.
Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects healing, and which can increase the risk of implant failure. However, if you do have diabetes, it is worth enquiring about treatment. People with well-controlled diabetes may be suitable for dental implants based on their medical history.
Osteoporosis tends to affect postmenopausal women and causes bone loss and potentially jawbone loss. Osteoporosis can affect osseointegration, increasing the risk of implant failure, and especially when treated with oral bisphosphonates. Very rarely, the condition can result in osteonecrosis, destroying the jawbone, but this is more likely in people receiving intravenous bisphosphonates normally prescribed for other serious diseases.
If you have osteoporosis, it is worth enquiring about dental implants as your suitability is assessed based on your medical history and medications currently used.