Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak properly and can even endanger your overall oral health.
Dr. Bruce Golpin is a periodontist who can safely and precisely place dental implants to replace missing teeth and completely repair your smile.
Why are dental implants recommended over traditional restorations?
The Gold Standard for Tooth Replacement
Dental implants can last a lifetime. However, it is essential that you maintain proper oral hygiene and undergo bi-annual examinations.
Restored Function & Aesthetics
By replacing the tooth from root to crown, implant-supported restorations return full strength to your bite so you can eat and speak without concern. Additionally, your implant-supported restoration will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Since dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, they continue to stimulate and preserve bone tissue. As such, dental implants are essential for protecting against jawbone atrophy.
You do not need to feel embarrassed about tooth loss...
Many Adults Need to Replace Missing Teeth
After age 65, the average person has lost more than 13 teeth and is left with a mere 18.90 natural teeth.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
Certain Factors Can Affect Your Eligibility
Remaining Jawbone Tissue
Sufficient jawbone tissue is necessary to properly support dental implants. If you have suffered jawbone atrophy, you may no longer be a candidate for dental implants. However, bone grafting can be performed to improve your eligibility for treatment.
You should be in good overall and oral health before treatment. Oral health problems such as gum disease will need to be addressed by implant surgery. Additionally, conditions such as diabetes can increase your risk of complications. As such, the doctor will need to thoroughly evaluate your medical history.
Smoking & Drinking
Smoking and alcohol consumption can inhibit your body's ability to heal and increase your risk of complications after treatment. As such, you will be required to stop smoking and drinking heavily before treatment and during the recovery phase.
Dental implants are worthwhile...
Invest in Your Oral Health
Implant-supported restorations typically cost more than traditional alternatives. However, it is important to consider that the benefits offered by dental implants protect both your oral and overall health, providing peace of mind which is invaluable. Additionally, investing in dental implants now can also save you money on expensive procedures in the future. While dental implants are not covered by insurance, our practice offers CareCredit® and other financing solutions to make the cost of treatment more affordable.
Restore Oral Strength and Function with Dental Implants
If you are interested in replacing one or more missing teeth, you might already have heard that dental implants are the very best option for restoring your smile. That’s because the benefits of dental implants far outweigh any other tooth replacement option. El Paso implant surgeon Dr. Bruce Gopin provides dental implants that give patients the most stable support available for their crown, bridge, or denture. Made of biocompatible titanium, dental implants are small posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw and fuse with the bone to act like tooth roots. In addition to providing excellent support, implant-supported restorations look and feel natural and benefit patients with improved oral health. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of this superior restorative treatment option, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gopin today.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone after tooth loss or extraction. Over time, the implants fuse with the surrounding bone to function as artificial tooth roots. Once healed, your dental crown, bridge, and denture will be attached to your implants.
Additional Benefits to Consider
A Leap in Technology
The development of dental implant technology is an enormous improvement over traditional bridges and dentures. Traditional bridges, though attractive and adequately supportive, have some drawbacks. The teeth on either side of the bridge need to be reduced and crowned to fit the appliance, and it is also not possible to floss around the cement that holds it in place. Traditional dentures are notorious for wobbling and can wear down the bony gum ridges over time. Implant-supported restorations overcome these problems and provide several additional benefits.
Dental implants can significantly improve patients’ quality of life. Because they are a permanent solution, you will not need to return for additional procedures to replace worn-out bridges, teeth that have been compromised by bridgework, or dentures that need adjusting or replacement. Implant-supported dental restorations are easy to care for. Dentures do not have to be removed daily for cleaning, and crowns can simply be flossed and brushed like natural teeth.
Risks of Dental Implants
When performed incorrectly, dental implant surgery carries significant risks. In addition to performing initial implant surgeries, Dr. Gopin corrects many patients' failed implant surgeries. He uses sophisticated 3D imaging and X-rays to carefully plan and execute dental implant placement, which minimizes the risks commonly associated with this treatment.
Addressing Jawbone Atrophy
Since jawbone recession naturally occurs after tooth loss, many patients will find that they do not have sufficient bone volume to support dental implants. Dr. Gopin will use advanced imaging software to create a 3D map of your jawbone and assess its strength. If he finds that insufficient jaw strength is precluding you from treatment, he also offers bone grafting to help you qualify.
Also known as bone augmentation, bone grafting is intended to restore lost bone density. During this procedure, Dr. Gopin will place a special grafting material in the weakened area of your jaw. As time passes, the graft will promote new growth. After receiving dental implants, the posts become fused directly with the jawbone. Not only does this ensure that your restoration will never move out of place, it also helps to return stimulation to the area and prevent future bone atrophy.
Dr. Gopin surgically places in the jaw bone. After they are placed, the jaw bone fuses with dental implants. At many other practices, patients are referred to an outside doctor for implant placement. Since Dr. Gopin is a periodontal surgeon, he is uniquely qualified to perform all aspects of your dental implants treatment. By carefully planning and performing each stage of your dental implants procedure under one roof, he can ensure you receive the highest standard of care while also helping to make treatment more convenient.
Dental implant treatment timelines will vary from case to case. Patients who require bone grafts, for example, must typically heal for about six months before proceeding with surgery. The implant will then take three to six months to fuse with the bone before a permanent restoration can be attached.
Dental Implant Maintenance
Taking care of your dental implants will guarantee their longevity and effectiveness as time goes on. Just like natural teeth, dental implants are susceptible to gum recession and other ailments, such as periodontal disease. Dr. Gopin would like to educate you on the importance of maintaining and cleaning your dental implants to ensure long-lasting satisfaction.
Specialized Care by Dr. Gopin
Dr. Bruce Gopin is a periodontal surgeon with extensive training and a dedication to exceptional patient care, focusing on:
- Gentle treatment
- Maintaining your overall health
- A welcoming, comfortable environment
- A commitment to continued education
We welcome all new patients from El Paso and the surrounding areas at our practice. As a widely respected periodontist, Dr. Gopin frequently receives referrals from other practitioners for dental implants, periodontal treatments, and other types of oral surgeries.
To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (915) 533-4608.