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Dental Implants: The future is now

Dental implants have become a safe and predictable treatment due to the availability of CT scans and 3D computer models of the jaw allowing the dentist to plan the work on the computer.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

Advanced, highly precise computer-guided dental implant surgery has made implant procedures faster, highly predicable and long-lasting with a success rate of 97 percent.  3D imaging is changing the practice of dentistry. With state-of-the art digital imaging, dentists can analyze the anatomy of the patient’s jaw without surgery, which saves time and money and shortens implant recovery time. It’s like having the patient’s jaw on the computer screen and helps make implants the most predictable procedure in dentistry today. 

 Life-like 3D images enable the dentist to assess bone density and locate nerves, blood vessels and sinuses before surgery, thereby eliminating uncertainty about which spots in the jawbone are the right sites for implant placement.  The precision of the CT scan and implant surgical planning software give the dentist a vivid map of the patient’s mouth to pinpoint potential problems and plan the entire implant procedure in advance. 

 Also, the superb clarity of the image allows precise insertion of the implant through the gum tissue rather than under it.  This promotes faster healing because gum tissue is preserved.  For some, the entire procedure may take no more than an hour for a single implant. 

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don't want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.

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Hamptons4Health July 31, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Do you ever see a time when health insurance will cover implants?
Jason Parli, DDS July 31, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Some dental insurance companies are already. It depends on the plan the employer has purchased. I have also had success with a practice called, cross coding and have sometimes been able to have my patients medical insurance cover some of the costs.
Marian Larson August 01, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I have never understood why dental and visual health are not covered under typical health insurance plans. Are our eyes and teeth not part of our bodies and not essential to our health?
GLENN August 02, 2012 at 12:47 AM
My insurance plan covered the the implant part, the tooth itself it didn't. But when it was done I was happy I did it.
Haig August 04, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Shameless self-promotion
Jason Parli, DDS August 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Marion, Thank you for reading the blog. I cannot answer for the insurance companies but I believe it comes down to their profit margin. I agree that our eyes and teeth are essential for our whole body health and should not be separated by insurance.
Jason Parli, DDS August 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
ANNMARIE, Thank you for reading the blog. It's great to hear you are happy with the implant and restoration. I'm sure your dentist would love to hear that. Your insurance experience is very normal. Each has exclusions as to what they will cover and it can be very confusing.
Jason Parli, DDS August 04, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Haig, Thank you for reading the blog. I'm not sure as to what you are referring to. The general information contained in the blog never refers to me as being the only dentist able to perform these procedures. Maybe it's the photo and signed blog to show I wrote it. Maybe it was the answer I gave to a question directed to me. I hope the information was helpful and I'm sure your dentist would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding this or any other dental subject.
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jennyw December 11, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Very helpful for the one who had lost tooth... Thanks for the detailed information on implants.. good one http://dentistgosain.com/services/implant-restoration/

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