Cosmetic dentist Edward Shukovsky, DMD believes that when there is the unfortunate loss of a single tooth, that tooth should be restored to a very high standard – the replacement should look, feel, and function just like the natural tooth. Today, there are several options for replacing a tooth, including a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant. Dr. Shukovsky typically recommends dental implants for his patients with missing teeth, and is experienced administering dental implant restorations.
Partial dentures are removable and put negative forces on the existing teeth. A dental bridge must rely on the adjacent teeth to be effective. Very often these teeth are compromised themselves and would not support a bridge. Or, these adjacent teeth have no restorations and are in excellent shape, and it would be a crime to have to reduce them (necessary for the placement of a dental crown) just to place the bridge. Dental implants are stand-alone restorations that are designed to provide support for a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants, contact our practice today.
Implant Dentistry and the Loss of a Single Tooth
Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is currently the most advanced solution for tooth loss. Dr. Shukovsky believes strongly that the placement of the actual implant is in the domain of either a board-certified oral surgeon or a board-certified periodontist. These are the professionals that perform surgeries every day and are totally familiar with the anatomy, and the latest in implant products and techniques. It is important to have the dental implant placed in exactly the correct position so that the new tooth will look the most natural. The goal here is to have the most natural-looking tooth possible.
Dr. Shukovsky likens dental implant placement to the building of a house. If the foundation is not correct, the house will never be right. Once the dental implant is in place, Dr. Shukovsky can then restore the implant. This is as much an art as it is science. The goals are:
- To make sure the emergence profile is correct so that that the tooth appears to be coming out of the tissue rather than sitting on top of it.
- To mimic the proper size and shape of this tooth to the rest of the teeth in the mouth.
- The shade of the tooth should be harmonious with the adjacent teeth.
- The restored implant tooth should be in proper occlusion, or alignment.
- The restored implant tooth should have the proper contacts with the adjacent teeth to insure that there is no food impaction.
There is nothing pleasant about a newly restored tooth that allows lots of food to be caught between the adjacent teeth.
Restoring a dental implant requires a great deal of skill on many levels. It is imperative that the dentist has an excellent laboratory that he can communicate with. Dr. Shukovsky prides himself in his relationship with his dental laboratory. As he states, “My lab is my partner.”
Implant Dentistry and the Loss of Multiple Teeth
Multiple tooth loss brings on a set of concerns that go beyond the loss of a single tooth. The questions Dr. Shukovsky will ask include: are the missing teeth, or soon-to-be missing teeth, adjacent to one another? How many teeth are involved and where are they located?
Remember, the goal is to attain the most natural-looking, functional restoration. In a complex system such as the mouth, the proper placement of multiple implants is essential. This is why Dr. Shukovsky utilizes the expertise of the oral surgeon and periodontist for placement of the implant before he administers restorations. This collaboration is a “meeting of the minds” in order to get the best result for the patient.
Implant Dentistry and the Overdenture
There are times that patients have lost or will lose so many teeth that they require the fabrication of a full denture. Very often, however, dentures are loose and unstable, especially in the lower jaw. Implants can be placed strategically under the new or existing denture for that stabilization. These are called overdentures.
Sometimes it only takes two or four dental implants to give great retention and stabilization to the denture. This results in a much greater ability for the patient to chew and swallow their food, the most important function of the teeth. If this ability is compromised, weight loss, poor health, and depression can occur.
Contact Us to Learn More about Dental Implants
Dr. Shukovsky has spent the last 30 years working with his patients in a thoughtful, caring manner to attain the most superior results. Contact our office today to set up a consultation regarding dental implants.