Ira Goldberg, DDS, FAGD, DICOI
Dental Implants have revolutionized modern dentistry. Whether a person is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, suffering from pain due to infections or gum disease, or looking for a solution to stabilize dentures, dental implants can come to the rescue! However, over the years I see certain misconceptions repeat themselves.
Myth #1: My dentist told me I have to see a specialist / implant specialist.
Dental implants may be placed by any dentist who holds a license. Typically, they are placed by general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists. Its not so important as to what type of dentist places them, but rather how much training and experience they have. Also, don’t forget that there is a second part to the implant once it is placed: one or more teeth have to be placed on top of the implant. If an implant is placed while ignoring this second part of the treatment, disastrous results may follow. I have had to correct situations like this too often.
Myth #2: My friend has an implant placed for a certain amount, and your quote is much more!
When comparing fees, be sure you are comparing apples to apples. If your friend had an implant placed into a location where the tooth was already missing, the amount of available bone is excellent, and the angles for that implant are ideal, the cost of that implant is going to be a lot lower than where a tooth currently exists and requires extraction, a graft is necessary because of a poor amount of bone, and the implant is off-angle. Location in the mouth is very important, too: an implant in the front of the mouth has a much higher esthetic demand than the back of the mouth. This will affect cost, too.
Myth #3: Its always better to keep a natural tooth than to remove it and place an implant.
When a tooth has been diagnosed with a very poor prognosis, it is not always better to hang onto it: recurring infections can develop which cost time and money, the disease can affect adjacent teeth, and over time, they can cause additional bone loss. Removing infected teeth and placing an implant can eliminate the recurring infections, restore health to adjacent teeth, and preserve bone in your jaw.
Myth #4: Once I have an implant, I don’t have to see the dentist anymore.
This is not true. Although problems with implants are rare, they require observation and maintenance. Most of the time problems will develop within the first two years. Failure to recognize and correct these problems often leads to implant loss, and worse, loss of adjacent teeth. Expect to return to the dentist 3 to 4 times within the first two years for maintenance.
If you’re in need of one or more dental implants, the information available on the internet can be a bit overwhelming. Its also difficult to get a sense of your own personal situation unless you understand all the facts that apply specifically to you. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Goldberg personally and determine the best course of action for your specific situation, please give the office a call. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry, he’ll be able to give you great insight.
Dr. Goldberg is a general dentist located in the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna, NJ. He provides general dentistry for the entire family, including: cleanings, check-ups, whitening, veneers, crowns, root canals, dentures, periodontal (gum) services, dental implants, and much more. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Implantology/Implant Dentistry, holds multiple degrees and is recognized as an expert in dental implants. You can find additional information on his website:www.morriscountydentist.com. The office can be reached at: (973) 328-1225 or via email: email@example.com