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.
Here's how dental implants blend in with your smile...
How do our tools and technology set us apart?
We Are Equipped with State-of-the-Art Technology to Help Plan Precise Implant Treatment
Dr. Gopin uses advanced 3-D imaging when screening patients for implant treatment. 3-D images allow him to honestly assess whether you are a good candidate and whether dental implants are a good choice for you.
3-D technology also allows Dr. Gopin to accurately plan the proper position and angle for your dental implants, leading to more precise results. By placing your implants in a position where they will be the most successful, Dr. Gopin can help you reduce the risk of implant complications and implant failure.
What can you expect during your dental implant treatment?
The Typical Treatment Timeline
Dental implant treatment takes place in stages, and the total length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. Treatment time can take a year or longer, especially if any preparatory procedures are required. Some patients may require preparatory procedures such as a bone graft, which can require about six months of healing time. Most patients feel that the many benefits of dental implants make the treatment well worth the time investment.
Consultation and Assessment
Prior to treatment, you will meet with Dr. Gopin for an initial consultation and assessment. He will examine your teeth, gums, and bone density to determine whether you will require preparatory procedures to qualify for dental implants.
Dr. Gopin will detail each treatment or procedure that you may require, and will discuss the treatment time and healing periods as they relate to your overall treatment timeline. Based on this information, he can estimate the amount of time the entire treatment will take to complete. This may vary depending on how quickly you heal following each procedure.
Preparatory treatment and procedures may include the treatment and management of periodontal disease and cavities or other damage. A bone graft is a procedure commonly performed prior to dental implants to restore volume to the jawbone and provide sufficient tissue to support implants.
Implant Surgery and Recovery
Dental implant surgery may be performed once all other treatments and procedures have been completed and you have fully healed. The implant procedure may take one to two hours, depending upon the number of implants being placed. Following your surgery, it can take three to six months for your implants to fuse to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. The total length of your recovery period may be dependent in part on the number of implants placed. Once osseointegration is complete, traditional implants require a second surgery in which an abutment piece is attached to the implant. The gums are then sutured in a way that leaves the abutment accessible above the gumline. Healing following this second surgery usually only takes about two weeks.
Most patients feel that the many benefits of dental implants make the treatment well worth the time investment.
Placement of Final Restoration
Once your gums have healed and your implants are fully integrated with your jawbone, we will take digital scans of your teeth, gums, and jaw at our office, and send these scans to a trusted lab to create your final prosthetic. The fabrication of your permanent restoration can take up to two weeks or more, and may depend upon the type of restoration you receive. For instance, a crown typically will not take as long to create as full dentures.
You will return to our office once we receive your final prosthetic, and Dr. Gopin will attach it to your implants. He will ensure a proper fit and check for alignment as well as comfort.
How can you keep your dental implants healthy for years to come?
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
In the days following your surgery, be sure to follow Dr. Gopin's post-operative instructions, which may include:
- Taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
- Avoiding strenuous activity that can trigger bleeding
- Lightly brushing around the implant site
- Sticking to a soft food diet for a few days
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.
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. 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.
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.
The Risks of Dental Implants & How to Reduce Them
With a success rate of more than 95%, treatment with dental implants presents a low rate of risk. When risks and complications arise, they are often associated with the improper placement of the implants. If you are considering this permanent treatment solution for missing teeth, there are a number of things you can do to mitigate the risks of dental implants.
In El Paso, TX, periodontist Bruce Gopin uses sophisticated three-dimensional imaging and x-rays to carefully plan and perform dental implant treatment, resulting in predictable and successful outcomes. As a highly skilled and respected implant surgeon, Dr. Gopin frequently corrects the failed implant surgeries of other implant providers. If you are suffering with failed implants, Dr. Gopin is prepared to help you. If you are considering implants, choosing a surgeon like Dr. Gopin is one of the surest ways to achieve long-term satisfaction.
The placement of dental implants requires gum surgery. Like the skin on the rest of your body, the gums act as a protector against damage and bacteria to the underlying structures. With surgery comes the risk of infection, injury or damage to the blood vessels, and trauma to teeth and tissue surrounding the treatment site. Meanwhile, an improperly placed implant in the top jaw could puncture the sinus cavity. Selecting a reputable, experienced implant surgeon can greatly reduce the risks associated with dental implants.
You can depend on Dr. Gopin to only perform implant surgery if you are a suitable candidate.
Risk of Implant Failure
There are also certain risks unrelated to the placement of the implant that can negatively affect the success of surgery. For example, smoking is known to increase the risk of implant failure. Patients who smoke are at a higher risk for infection after surgery and are likely to heal more slowly. When a smoker receives an implant, it is much more likely to fail. One study showed that the implant failure rate for smokers was 15.8 percent, and only 1.4 percent in nonsmokers.
Other known risks for implant failure include uncontrolled diabetes, untreated osteoporosis, heavy alcohol consumption, and significant radiation exposure to the head and neck. A properly trained and experienced implant surgeon will carefully evaluate candidacy for dental implants prior to treatment. If an implant fails and has to be removed, the patient may be a candidate again after the underlying problem is treated and oral health has been restored.
The easiest way to minimize your surgery risk is by choosing a reputable implant specialist. Many general dentists can perform dental implant surgery and place dental restorations. However, most will refer the surgical placement of the implant posts out to a specialist like Dr. Gopin. As a periodontist, he is highly experienced with gum surgery and remains a leader in his field through continuing education. His three-dimensional imaging technology allows him not only to plan the location and angle of your implants with a high degree of precision, but also to evaluate the quality of your jawbone. If bone recession has weakened or diminished your jaw tissue, he can augment and strengthen it with a bone graft or sinus lift prior to your dental implant procedure to ensure a stable, secure result. You can depend on Dr. Gopin to only perform implant surgery if you are a suitable candidate.
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.