Choosing An Implant Dentist
Selecting an implant dentist to restore your smile after tooth loss warrants a great deal of deliberation. The decision is not to be taken lightly. It will have enduring effects on your smile’s appearance, your self-confidence, and your wellbeing.
When choosing an implant dentist, you want to be sure to pick a provider who will meet your unique needs and one who has the education and experience to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes. Prospective patients should weigh a variety of factors in this process.
We are happy to provide any information that you might need to choose your implant dentist. To learn more about Dr. Weisglass’s background, approach to dental implant placement, and commitment to excellence in the craft, call our office to schedule your consultation.
A Personalized Approach To Dental Implants
An effective dental implant treatment plan must incorporate the unique aspects of each patient’s case. Dr. Weisglass is committed to an individualized approach that begins with assessing the quality of bone at the proposed implant site, and the condition of the gum tissue and the surrounding teeth.
Potential barriers, such as bone loss, may be present and can complicate dental implant placement. With his years of experience, Dr. Weisglass has encountered a wide range of patient cases, including many challenging ones that necessitated a creative approach.
Regardless of the complexity of the situation, Dr. Weisglass can prepare for successful dental implant placement in a variety of patient scenarios.
Additionally, Dr. Weisglass strives for optimal comfort for patients under his care. He is certified to administer nitrous oxide and conscious sedation and monitors patients closely while they are under sedation. Many patients will opt for this service, and we can accommodate those preferences.
The Three E’s: Education, Expertise, And Experience
When researching your options for an implant dentist, you’ll want to carefully review the provider’s background to be sure of their qualifications to provide dental implant placement.
Dr. Weisglass has amassed his education and expertise through experiences with the following institutions and organizations:
- Harvard School of Dental Medicine
- Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University (Advanced periodontics training)
- American Board of Periodontology (Diplomate)
Dr. Weisglass has been honing his craft of placing dental implants for decades. He is also dedicated to ongoing continuing education and specialized training in dental implant technology and placement techniques so that he can stay updated on the latest advances in the field.
With his specialized training in periodontics, Dr. Weisglass is uniquely qualified to place dental implants. Through their post-graduate education and practice, periodontists develop extensive knowledge of the structures of the gum and jaw, which enhances their ability to place dental implants.
Furthermore, Dr. Weisglass relies on a team approach to fully restore patients’ smiles, collaborating with other skillful specialists with expertise in designing and crafting beautiful restorations – crowns, bridges, or dentures – to achieve a lifelike aesthetic.
Commitment To Advanced Dental Implant Technology
Dr. Weisglass recognizes the tremendous value of technology in successfully placing dental implants and integrates numerous tools into the practice. Our patients may encounter the following types of technology during their treatment:
- Digital imaging and treatment planning
- SimPlant software for three-dimensional imaging of involved structures, such as bone, nerves, and sinus cavities
- NobleGuide dental implant placement software
- Piezosurgery for bone surgery
- All-on-4 dental implant technology to restore complete smiles
Technology is also an important criteria for evaluating prospective implant dentists, and patients should carefully consider this aspect of a practice. The types of technology used in the practice demonstrates the practice’s commitment to using the most updated tools available for dental implant placement.
Additionally, this technology typically helps to improve the chances of achieving the desired outcomes in the patient’s case.
Evidence Of Desirable Outcomes
Speaking of desirable outcomes, you want an implant dentist who can provide evidence of success in cases like yours. As a result of Dr. Weisglass’s 25 years of experience in placing dental implants, we can show you the outstanding results we have achieved in a variety of patient scenarios.
Patients consistently express high levels of satisfaction with the care they receive from Dr. Weisglass. Visit the testimonials section of our website to read more about patients’ first-hand experiences at our practice.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is any information that we can provide to help you choose the implant dentist who will be the best fit for you, whether you need details about the technology, Dr. Weisglass’s background, or experience with situations like yours.
Dental Implant Solution
Dental implants provide the optimal tooth replacement for patients with tooth loss because this treatment is the only one that restores the entire tooth structure – both root and crown. These devices are suitable in different types of tooth loss scenarios, so many patients will qualify for this option.
The structurally complete nature of the dental implant confers many advantages on this intervention when compared to traditional restorations like fixed dental bridges or dentures. The roots of our teeth are so important, yet many of us take them for granted because we don’t see them every day.
Dental implant technology originally was discovered by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Branemark, and that technology has been consistently improved and updated. Today’s dental implants offer patients a reliable, permanent solution for tooth loss.
To learn more about the science behind dental implants and determine whether this treatment will be an option for you, visit our office for an initial evaluation.
Dental Implants: An Overview
Dental implants are small cylinders that are made of titanium. That titanium is biocompatible, which means that the surrounding bone tissue forms a permanent bond with it over time through a process called osseointegration. The dental implant is topped with an abutment that secures the restoration.
After osseointegration is complete, which usually takes a few months after dental implant placement, the implant can function quite similarly to the root of the missing biological tooth. Therefore, the dental implant can secure the jawbone, making an implant-supported appliance more stable over time.
Dental Implants Are A Versatile Tool
Patients will have different needs when it comes to tooth replacement, so it’s also valuable that dental implants can be used in various circumstances of tooth loss. Dental implants can be used to support:
- Crown – to replace a single missing tooth
- Bridge – to replace multiple contiguous missing teeth
- Denture – to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
Using a technique known as All-on-4, an edentulous (toothless) patient can have their entire smile restored in a single appointment. With this intervention, Dr. Weisglass can place just four dental implants into a patient’s jaw to secure an entire upper or lower denture.
Additionally, the dental implants in All-on-4 are placed toward the front of the mouth to maximize the amount of bone tissue available to support osseointegration, as bone loss occurs more gradually at the front of the jaw.
What To Expect From Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implant placement is more involved than being evaluated and fitted for a traditional restoration or appliance, so it can be helpful to know what to expect from the treatment process. You will be visiting our office multiple times for the various phases of dental implant treatment, including:
- Evaluation and treatment planning: Dr. Weisglass will review your case and collect all of the information needed, such as measurements, digital imaging, and photographs, to prepare for dental implant placement.
- Placement of dental implants: Dr. Weisglass places the dental implants as an outpatient procedure. Barring any post-operative complications – which we will help you to minimize -patients can typically resume their normal routines in a matter of days.
- Follow up: Dr. Weisglass will continue to monitor your case to be sure that osseointegration is proceeding as expected and that you are not having any issues or concerns.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The quality of bone tissue at the proposed implant site is the most important consideration in determining whether a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. If bone loss has developed after your tooth loss or if a congenital bone defect is present at the site, you may need to undergo a preliminary bone graft before Dr. Weisglass can proceed with placing the dental implants. After evaluating your case, Dr. Weisglass will be able to determine whether you have adequate bone tissue to support osseointegration.
How do dental implants prevent bone loss?
The roots of your biological teeth act as anchors for the jawbone. When your biological teeth are lost, those roots are no longer available to hold the bone tissue in place, and it gradually wears away as a result. By functioning similarly to a natural tooth’s root, dental implants secure the bone tissue and prevent its erosion.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
As long as a patient has adequate bone tissue at the dental implant site, any number of missing teeth can be replaced using dental implants. We can even restore an entire smile using dental implants.
What is the All-on-4 dental implant procedure like?
All-on-4 offers a streamlined treatment for patients who need to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. This revolutionary approach requires just four dental implants to hold the appliance in place. Those four dental implants are placed in a single appointment that lasts just a few hours, and many patients can be fitted with at least a temporary appliance at the end of that session. You can get your smile back in a single afternoon!
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant placement is a complex procedure, and the cost of dental implants will vary from case to case. It is influenced by numerous factors, such as the number of dental implants being placed, bone quality, and necessary imaging and other auxiliary services. We can give you a more precise estimate of your anticipated costs after Dr. Weisglass evaluates your case.
Invest In Your Smile
Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular solution for tooth loss, and it’s easy to see why. This treatment offers unparalleled advantages in comparison to more traditional tooth replacement options.
Unfortunately, some prospective patients may be discouraged by the investment of time and money involved with dental implants. We encourage those patients to take a deeper look at the return they get on that investment.
When deliberating on the investment to restore your smile, it’s important to weigh a variety of factors beyond the initial price tag. Consider issues like the longevity of the treatment, costs of delaying or foregoing treatment, and the overall expenses over the lifetime of the device.
Dental implants can truly be a life-changing endeavor, restoring your smile’s function and your self-confidence after tooth loss. Learn more about the value you get from this treatment option by visiting our office for a consultation with Dr. Weisglass.
Dental Implants Offer A Long-Term Solution For Tooth Loss
Dental implants are so unique because they can last for a patient’s entire lifetime. After osseointegration is completed, the dental implant becomes a fixture in the patient’s jaw, serving as an artificial tooth root of sorts.
As such, the dental implant secures the jawbone tissue and prevents its atrophy. Therefore, an implant-supported appliance retains its fit and will not need to be replaced due to changes in the jaw’s contour. This contrasts with fixed dental bridges and dentures that become loose as bone wears away.
To get the maximum durability from your dental implants, however, you must be committed to taking good care of them. The same oral diseases that contribute to the initial tooth loss, such as gum disease, can threaten the stability of dental implants, as well.
Dr. Weisglass will give you detailed instructions for maintaining your dental implants, but the basics of good oral hygiene always apply. Brush your teeth twice each day and floss daily to keep oral bacteria at a minimum. Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and check-ups.
The Many Advantages Of Dental Implants
In return for taking good care of their dental implants, patients gain many benefits. As the only structurally complete tooth replacement available in modern dentistry, dental implants outperform conventional appliances, which lack root-like structures, in many ways, including better:
Many patients decide that the enhanced performance of dental implants in all of these aspects is well worth their financial investment. After all, being able to continue to enjoy your favorite foods and avoid using messy denture adhesives – just for starters – is pretty compelling.
Costs And Consequences Of Delaying Tooth Replacement
Although patients may not recognize it, there can also be some hidden costs associated with delaying or avoiding treatment for tooth loss. For example, if you fail to act in a timely fashion to replace missing teeth, you may find that:
- The remaining teeth may move out of position to fill the space
- The remaining teeth may be more susceptible to damage by excessive chewing forces
- Excessive jawbone loss may occur, creating potential barriers to dental implant placement
These issues can incur more costs for patients in the long term, making it more expensive to restore their smiles than it would have been having they sought treatment sooner after the initial tooth loss.
Fitting Dental Implant Costs Into Your Budget
While the initial costs associated with dental implants are higher than those associated with traditional appliances, it’s important to keep long-term expenses in mind when weighing your treatment options. The return you get on that initial investment is much greater with dental implants.
Dental implants can last for decades with proper care, but conventional appliances are not as durable and must be replaced periodically. When you consider the costs of refitting and replacing bridges and dentures, those apparent initial savings quickly vanish throughout your lifetime.
Keep in mind that fixed dental bridges require that healthy tooth material be sacrificed to place the crowns that support the pontic, potentially undermining those teeth. Furthermore, the erosion of jawbone tissue that occurs with conventional dental bridges can put surrounding healthy teeth at risk.
We understand that costs are a consideration when it comes to restoring your smile, but rest assured that we will work closely with you to help you fit these costs into your budget. We accept a variety of payment options so that you can find one that works best for you.