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Elena Katz, D.M.D., MsCD  Nova SE University School of Dentistry. Prosthodontics  F.A.C.D.  Residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, NJ, Fellow-World Clinical Laser Institute. Over 30 years expirience. America's Top Dentists 2008-2016.

Diplomate the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

At the dental practice of Dr. Elena Katz, we believe communication is the key to successful treatment. Starting with your initial visit, Dr. Katz will take the time to talk with you about your previous dental experiences and about your expectations for your future dental care. Throughout your treatments, Doctor and her staff will work with you to ensure that you understand your options and that you are ultimately satisfied with the way that your mouth looks and feels.

Dental Implants FAQ

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are one of the most exciting treatment modalities ever to emerge from the dental profession.  Essentially a dental implant is a titanium screw like attachment that is carefully placed into the jawbone.  It acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth or several teeth in the case of multiple implants.  They can also be used to help secure loose dentures.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Most anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants.  You must have enough bone in the area of the missing teeth to provide for the anchorage of the implants.   We frequently use implants to replace single teeth or replace several missing teeth.  Implants can also be used to secure full dentures.

What is the success rate of dental implants?
According to various studies the success of implants is in the 85 -95 range assuming they are properly placed.  One of the keys to success is ensuring the receptor site is a good one prior to placing the implant.  This sometimes entails developing the site prior to placing the implant.  In our office we have restored thousands of implants successfully over the last 15 years.

Why have dental implants become so popular?
As our lifespan increases, the need for some type of permanent dental replacement system becomes very important to our overall health. Dentures and removable bridges have obvious problems.  For one thing they can be very loose and unstable.  In the case of replacing a single tooth an implant is usually a much more conservative option then “cutting” down teeth on either side of the missing tooth (as is done with a conventional fixed bridge).  Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and esthetic. The demand was always there, we now have the tools to fulfill that demand.

How long after a dental implant is placed can it be used to anchor my new teeth?
The protocol that was originally developed was we should wait four months for the lower jaw and six months for the upper jaw before we should construct the new dental prosthesis that will be supported by the implants.  Since then it has been shown that it is possible load implants in much shorter time periods and in some cases right away.  The final decision needs to be made on a case-by-case basis.

Does it hurt to have dental implants placed?

The actual procedure to surgically place a dental implant is done under local anesthesia and is generally not at all painful. When the anesthesia wears off after about one or two hours, you might experience some discomfort.  This is usually easily controlled with medication.  The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problems.

What is a Bone Graft?

Sometimes when a dental implant is placed, it is necessary to build up the bone in the area to insure success. The procedure of building up the bone is known as Bone Grafting. Bone grafting is a very common procedure in dentistry for dental implants and in periodontal procedures around natural teeth.

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