Sinus Lift Surgery

A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. Missing upper back teeth are among the most difficult to restore.    When the back teeth in the upper jaw are missing the sinus cavity becomes larger as the natural bone deteriorates over time.  If you’ve lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants. A sinus lift, also called sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, is a bone –augmentation...

Implant Bridge

by Dr. O. Karnakova An implant bridge may be a good option to replace multiple missing teeth, and are far superior to removable partials or multiple tooth supported bridges. An implant bridge is very similar to a normal bridge, in which there are abutments and a pontic. They also offer many advantages such as stopping bone resorption, preserving adjacent teeth, and act and feel like natural teeth. Implant bridges also require hygiene similar to that of a normal bridge, and have a much greater long term prognosis when compared to multiple tooth...

Replacing Missing Teeth with Implant

by Dr. J. Slaven Implants have become the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth. Prior to this development, our choices for replacing missing teeth were fixed bridges or removable partial dentures. Replacing missing teeth with fixed bridges involves preparing the teeth on each side of the missing teeth for crowns, which are attached to the artificial tooth replacement as one piece that is cemented to the prepared teeth. While this is still an acceptable treatment it has the downside of doing a procedure on two good teeth and...

History of Implants

By Dr. H. Kopel Thousands of years ago teeth were replaced with bamboo, copper and iron implants. Even animal teeth and tooth shaped sea shells have been attempted as implants. Of course none of these ancient solutions were successful. In the 1800’s gold was tried too, but never successfully as the body would always reject these foreign substances. In the mid 1900’s titanium was discovered to possess the properties that allowed the bone to fuse to it allowing Dr. Branemark to successfully place the first modern dental implant in...