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Dental Implants Pittsburgh
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that by the time they reach their mid-40s, 69 percent of adults have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. Before reaching their 75th birthday, over one-quarter of American adults will have no natural teeth remaining. Missing teeth can impair your ability to chew and speak and can make you look older, unhealthy, and less attractive. Dentures can restore the look of natural teeth, but lack a high level of functionality. Dental bridges look nice and perform well, but they require the removal of healthy tooth structure which often leads to further oral health problems down the road. Dr. Dominic Sabatini prefers to place dental implants for his Pittsburgh, State College, and North Huntington patients who have missing adult teeth, since this innovative and surprisingly conservative procedure offers the best functionality and esthetics around.
Replacement Teeth for Every Patient
Thanks to continuing research and development in the field of dental implants, procedures and techniques have made tooth replacement possible for every patient, no matter how many missing teeth they have. The most common tooth replacement procedures include:
- Single implant with dental crown. This straightforward procedure is ideal for patients with only a single missing tooth. A surgically implanted titanium post that resembles a small screw supports a hand-crafted dental crown.
- Implant supported bridges. While the prosthetic resembles a traditional three-part bridge, this procedure does not require the removal of healthy tooth structure from the teeth neighboring the missing one. Instead, surgical implants stabilize this prosthetic, which is ideal for patients missing two or three teeth in a row.
- Prettau® dental bridges. You may not have heard of the Prettau dental bridge, but it’s the next big thing in implant dentistry. Using 3-6 dental implant posts (depending on the needs of the patient), Dr. Sabatini secures an all-zirconia full arch dental prosthetic. Zirconia is a type of super-strong dental porcelain that does not chip or stain and resists plaque buildup better than acrylic.
- All-On-4® Teeth in a Day. One of the few drawbacks of dental implants is the time involved in completing the procedure. From start to finish, dental implants could require 6-12 months, depending on rapidity of healing and the need for auxiliary procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifts. Nobel Biocare, one of the leading names in dental implants, developed an “immediate load” technique that allows Dr. Sabatini to perform all phases of dental implant surgery and restoration in a single, day-long appointment.
Your One Stop Shop for Dental Implants
At The Smile Artist, Dr. Sabatini performs all phases of the implant procedure in house, which saves our patients time and lowers the cost of dental implant treatment significantly. In our State College and North Huntington offices, we can also perform any adjunct procedures you may need prior to receiving implants, including bone grafting. To ensure that all treatment planning is conducted with the highest degree of accuracy, Dr. Sabatini utilizes CT scans that allow him to locate the most ideal depth, angle, and positioning of your implant posts. Although we do boast CEREC technology in our office, we choose to have our implant retained prosthetics crafted at the Tischler Dental Lab, one of the East Coast’s premier dental labs.
Serious Risks Associated with Missing Teeth
Some people may wonder why they should bother replacing their missing teeth at all. Missing teeth can lead to a number of very serious oral and systemic health problems, including poor nutrition, low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, and an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Although dentures are a popular method for replacing missing teeth, they present their own set of problems, including reduced chewing ability, sore gums, decreased bone health, and near-constant slipping and clicking.
Learn More about Dental Implants
To learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation with one of our implant dentists, contact The Smile Artist today. We proudly serve patients from Pittsburgh, State College, North Huntington, and all surrounding communities