Dental Implants

Exchanging a bridge for All-on-4 Implants?

Posted on July 8, 2016

Dental Implants fort lauderdaleA dental bridge is often used to replace one or two teeth that have teeth remaining on either side. The bridge is anchored to the adjacent teeth with crowns or wires. Dental implants can also be used to replace only one or two missing teeth without requiring reshaping of the adjacent teeth. When several teeth are missing, All-on-4 implants can also be a good permanent solution.

Bridgework vs. Dental Implants

The bridge is a way to place a permanent denture that replaces only one or two teeth. In a crown and bridge, the denture is anchored on either side by a crown that is placed on the adjacent teeth. These adjacent teeth must be reshaped to make room for the crown. This type of tooth replacement is permanent, and remains stationary in the mouth, but it does nothing to help prevent jawbone atrophy over time.

By contrast, dental implants do not require any other teeth to be altered. They are placed directly in the jawbone, where the bone bonds to the implant. In the long term, this bond not only holds the tooth securely in place, but also keeps the jawbone regenerating to prevent long-term bone loss. If you have already experienced some bone loss, which can reduce the likelihood of a successful implant procedure, All-on-4 implants might still be an option.

All-on-4 Implants

Traditional dental implants replace each individual tooth with a single implant. This requires a strong foundation of bone in the jaw. Without sufficient bone mass, your periodontist might recommend bone grafts. If you have thicker, stronger bone in certain areas of the jaw, such as in the back, an All-on-4 procedure takes advantage of this. The implants are angled to take advantage of the thicker bone. An entire arc of teeth, in the form of a removable denture, can be supported by only four implants. Our periodontist can determine if an All-on-4 procedure might be a good replacement for your current bridge.

Call us today at 954-905-2000 to discuss your implant options with Dr. Taskonak.

Tips to Ensure a Successful Dental Implant Recovery

Posted on June 5, 2016

dental implants Coral SpringsImplant dentistry allows those with missing teeth to replace them with natural-looking and -feeling teeth that don’t shift or move in the mouth. The initial recovery after implants are placed is vital to the long-term success of the implants, so be sure to take care of yourself and follow our dentist’s instructions after your surgery.

Caring for Yourself Right After Implant Surgery

Like any surgery, dental implant surgery requires a few days of recovery time. Our implant dentist will give you details instructions on how to take care of your mouth right after surgery. This can include:

  • Antibiotics (be sure to take the full course)
  • Painkillers
  • Rinsing your mouth with salt water
  • Staying home from work for a day or two
  • Using ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Using gauze to reduce bleeding

Don’t try to rush back to work right after you’ve had your dental implants placed. It’s important to rest and heal according to your dentist’s instructions so your implants have the best possible odds for long-term success.

Long-Term Care of Dental Implants

The full healing process for dental implants takes several weeks. During this time, the bone of the jaw grows around and bonds to the material of the implant, creating a strong bond that will keep your implants stationary. It will also help the implants stimulate growth in your jawbone.

Once the implants have healed and your new prosthetic teeth have been added, be sure to continue to take good care of your teeth and gums. Brush your new teeth to prevent buildup of bacteria and plaque, and be sure to also clean any remaining natural teeth. You should also floss around the abutments of your implants. You might need to visit the dentist a bit more frequently to ensure your gums are healthy. Gum disease can lead to failure in dental implants, so it’s very important to maintain good oral hygiene and follow your dentist’s guidelines in caring for your new implants.

To schedule a consultation to discuss whether dental implants are right for you, call our team today!

What to look for in an implant dentist

Posted on April 7, 2016

implant dentist fort lauderdaleIf you are considering dental implants, one of the most important decisions you can make is which dental implant dentist to use. There are several things to keep in mind as you look for just the right person to help you regain your missing teeth. The right dentist can help ensure a successful procedure and long-term satisfaction with your implants.

Implant Dentistry Consultation

Your quest for dental implants should begin with a consultation with a dental implant dentist. You might even consult with more than one to be sure you’re comfortable with the recommended procedure as well as the dentist himself. As you speak to your dentist, there are several things to keep in mind.

  • Am I comfortable with this dentist?
  • Does the dentist answer all my questions?
  • Have I been referred to this dentist by satisfied patients?
  • Does the dentist have a before and after book or online gallery so I can see his previous work?

If you feel comfortable with the dentist, know people who have been happy with his past work, and feel you have gotten satisfactory answers to all of your questions, chances are that you will work well with this dentist.

Deciding on Dental Implants

If you are considering tooth replacement, dental implants are one of your best choices. They will last for many years and do not have to be refitted periodically like dentures. They also remain in your mouth permanently and do not shift or fall out at inconvenient times. The root of the implant is embedded directly in the jawbone, and so stimulates bone growth whenever you chew. This will keep your jaw healthy and prevent your face from changing shape over time, as can happen with long-term denture wearers.

During your consultation, you’ll also determine if you have any concerns or any health conditions that might interfere with your ability to successfully recover from an implant procedure. Be sure to ask any questions you might have, and in the end you are likely to be very pleased with your new teeth.

Consider our trained professionals to be your implant dentistry team. Contact the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak to schedule a dental implant consultation today.

Get dental implants in a single appointment

Posted on March 7, 2016

dental implants Coral Springs‘Teeth in a day’ refers to the implant procedure that deals with placing immediate loading dental implants. In immediate loading implants, the crown is placed immediately after placing the implant. You can start chewing normally within a few hours.

With traditional dental implants you must allow the implant to undergo a process called osseointegration which allows the implant to fuse to the surrounding bone. This process normally takes around three to six months to complete. Patients receive a crown only after the implant has completely fused to the bone.

Today the dentist can get an accurate picture of the level and thickness of the bone in your mouth by ordering a 3-D CT scan. Using these scanned images the dental lab will produce a surgical template to guide your dentist while conducting surgery.

With 3D imaging and other technology, the crown can be fabricated beforehand and placed along with the implant. If the surrounding bone and mucosa is healthy, the chances of failure with immediate loading implants are very low.

Immediate loading implants can be placed immediately after extracting a decayed tooth. The socket of the tooth is widened slightly to allow placement of the implant. But they cannot be placed if the tooth was severely abscessed or the gums were unhealthy. These implants are not advised for people with uncontrolled diabetes or other systemic conditions.

Check with our implant dentist in Coral Springs and call us today to determine if you are a candidate for this type of implant procedure.

Common Questions about Dentures

Posted on October 8, 2015

denturesDentures, or some form of them, are the oldest approach to tooth replacement. People have been creating replacement teeth for centuries, with each generation coming up with new and better ways to make them more realistic and more comfortable. Today’s dentures are very different from those available even just a few decades ago. If you are considering dentures, here are some questions you might be asking.

Are dentures uncomfortable? A denture should never be uncomfortable if it is properly fitted. Ideally, a denture should fit so well that you don’t even need to use an adhesive to hold it in place. Over time, though, your jawbone and gums change shape and contour, making the denture not fit as well. If your denture is moving, causing sores in your mouth, or is in any way uncomfortable, you should talk to our dentist.

How long does it take to get used to a denture? Most people who have dentures take a few days to get used to them the first time they’re worn. They can feel strange, since they are bulky, although newer dentures are designed to take up less room in your mouth. You might have to practice talking and eating with them. Many denture wearers recommend taking a few days to practice these important skills on your own at home until you feel comfortable.

Will I be able to eat all my favorite foods? Some foods become more difficult to eat when you have dentures. Fruits like apples and vegetables like corn on the cob can be hard to bite into without dislodging a denture. Small foods like rice and pasta can also be challenging. Given time, you’ll figure out how to manage more difficult foods as well as what’s easy to eat and what you might prefer to avoid.

In general, your dentures should be comfortable, easy to wear, and should help you feel more confident about your appearance. If you have any problems or questions about your new dentures, be sure to talk to our dentist.

For more information about denture care or how to start the process of getting dentures, call our office at 954-227-8133 to set up a consultation with our specialist.

Will I need an implant if I have a cracked tooth?

Posted on October 6, 2015

dental implants fort lauderdaleDental implants are posts that are inserted into the jawbone and covered with a cap, or artificial tooth, in order to replace a lost tooth. Dental implants fuse with the jaw and the cap is color-matched to surrounding teeth, creating a permanent replacement tooth that looks and acts like your other natural teeth.

Dental implants are used by an implant dentist to replace teeth lost for a number of reasons, including physical damage from cracking. More than one implant can be placed in the mouth; in fact, the placement of dental implants can prevent the loss of further teeth because they stimulate the jaw and prevent the bone from weakening.

There are several levels of severity of cracks in a tooth. Most cracks are craze lines, which are small lines on the enamel of the teeth that do not require any treatment. Cracks in the cusp, or chewing surface, of the teeth that do not affect the pulp can also be treated by means other than in implant.

More serious cracks run vertically from the enamel down into the pulp, or nerve center, of the tooth. If left untreated, the pulp may become exposed, causing pain, inflammation, infection, and possibly the eventual loss of a tooth. These forms of cracks can sometimes be treated with a root canal, which involves removing the pulp and sealing the tooth.

A split tooth is the most severe form of crack, and it cannot be saved. The tooth will be removed and can be replaced with a dental implant. The implant will function like a normal tooth, and will not require any additional care after it heals.

Routine oral care, such as twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, will help the implant last for years.

A split tooth is typically the only form of a crack where you will likely need to replace it with an implant. In other, less serious cases of cracked teeth, there are often other options available.

If you have a cracked tooth and would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak, serving Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas, at 954-905-2000 to schedule your consultation.

Dental Implants: Treatment of Tooth Loss

Posted on August 5, 2015


dental implants Coral SpringsTooth loss can occur due to a variety of reasons, even if you take very good care of your teeth. If you do lose a tooth, it’s important to consider all the options for tooth replacement. This includes dental implants, which are the best possible choice for permanent replacement of missing teeth.

How Implants Work

A dental implant is basically an artificial root that’s placed directly into your jawbone. It’s shaped like a screw, and is generally made of titanium or a titanium alloy. The material is important, because the bone must be able to bond with the implant in order for the implant to be successful. Once the implant has healed and is secure, you’ll have either a prosthetic tooth attached to each individual implant or several implants will be used to secure a removal arc of dentures. In either case, the implant helps keep your teeth secure and also stimulates growth in your jawbone to prevent the eventual atrophy that is common among people who have worn dentures for a long period of time. Implants allow you to eat, talk, and chew normally, without having to worry about dentures becoming dislodged or uncomfortable.

Choosing the Right Tooth Replacement Option for You

Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement as far as comfort, a realistic look, and jawbone health. However, they aren’t right for everyone. To determine if dental implants are the best choice for you, consult with our periodontist. Some issues that could make it difficult for implants to be successful include:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Gum disease
  • Some medications used to treat osteoporosis
  • Lack of jawbone mass

In order for an implant to heal thoroughly and successfully, you might need to be treated for gum disease or have bone grafts placed before the actual implant procedure. This can increase the likelihood of a successful implant. In some cases, however, particularly if you have a systemic problem like diabetes or an autoimmune disorder, our periodontist might recommend a different option.

Call the office of Dr. Burak Taskonak today to make an appointment with our team.





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