MARK L. STANKEWITZ, D.D.S.
BOARD CERTIFIED PROSTHODONTIST
Advanced Cosmetic, Reconstructive, and Implant Dentistry
Dental Implants can improve your oral health and change your life!
Dr. Stankewitz has been utilizing dental implants to replace missing teeth since the early “90s with a very high long term success rate. Tooth replacements which mimic nature in esthetics and function demand a close cooperation between the oral surgeon and the prosthodontist. The prosthodontist’s responsibility is to visualize the final prosthesis and to guide the surgery for a customized outcome. What are the advantages to a team approach to implant dentistry? Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery are two different disciplines, each requiring years of advanced training and continued devotion to maintain and improving proficiency. No clinician can truly master both disciplines. For a comfortable surgical experience IV sedation is necessary and the oral surgeon provides the highest and safest level of expertise in anesthesiology. Although less complex implant cases can be provided in many general dentistry offices, it is the oral surgeon who is most capable of managing the unexpected. Advanced bone and tissue grafting techniques provide the safest and most predictable outcomes. The calaborative effort between the oral surgeon and the prosthodontist is one that has evolved over the years with implant dentistry providing an even closer working relationship between the two disciplines.It is the prosthodontist who is most capable of pre-planning the final prosthesis to achieve the highest level of esthetic and functional outcomes. Conveying this critical information to the oral surgeon before the implant surgical procedure ensures that the final number and position of implants is appropriate for each patient’s need.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN IMPLANT DENTIST
January 29, 1991 was the day in which Per-Ingvar Branemark, an orthopedic surgeon, received his patent for an osseointegrated dental implant that revolutionized the way in which missing or decayed teeth could be replaced. Time has seen the continual refinement of dental implants and a more thorough understanding of the mechanism by which dental implants integrate or “fuse” to living bone. According to WebMD, “Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.”
As one searches the internet for providers of dental implants, one is inundated with literally hundreds of dentists, most of whom are “one stop” or “all under one roof” choices. In other words, one clinician is providing both the surgical as well as prosthetic treatment. Dermatology is as different from cardiovascular surgery as implant surgery is from prosthetics. Each specialty has its own training and skills which take a lifetime to master.
As a consumer, it would be wise to determine what kind of dentist has the proper education and training in the placement as well as restoration of dental implants. Interdisciplinary care is the only way to achieve optimal patient outcomes regardless of case complexity. According the the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards, dental implantology is not a recognized dental specialty. Currently, oral and maxillofacial surgery and periodontics are the only recognized dental specialties with advanced formal training in the placement of dental implants as well as the associated bone grafting and soft tissue management. Prosthodontics as the only dental specialty with advanced training in the design and fabrication of dental implant restorations which include crowns, bridges, and removable dentures.
Prosthodontists are uniquely qualified to be the initial contact for potential implant patients because of their skills at visualizing and planning of the final prosthetic restoration. The prosthodontist can determine the proper implant size, location, and number of implants needed for each situation and convey this information to the surgical specialists. So in this way each specialist can contribute to the best overall care for each patient.
Dental Implant Q & A
How much do dental implants cost?
Typically, one dental implant cost about $2500 and the associated parts and crown cost an additional $2500.
What are the negative effects of dental implants?
Risks include: Infection at the implant site. Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels. Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin.
How long do dental implants last?
Several studies indicate the long-term survival of dental implants — up to a 20-year span. Whether the tests took a look at short-term or long-term use, dental implants were able to withstand up to a decade or more of stress. Crowns can often last between 10 and 15 years before replacement.
Can I replace all of my teeth?
Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots. Before the availability of dental implants - replacing all your teeth - meant removable full dentures. Dental implants are the solution that your next set of teeth are permanently fixed and look and feel like natural teeth.
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