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Geoffrey R. Bauman, DMD, MS | Standard Dental Implants in Newark

Geoffrey R. Bauman, DMD, MS / Board Certified,  American Board of Periodontology
Fellow, Midwest Implant Institute



Standard Dental Implants

We used to say, “you only have two sets of teeth (the baby teeth and then the permanent teeth), and when they are gone, they are gone”.   Today we have the ability to place a “third set of teeth”.    When permanent teeth are lost or must be removed, we now have the means to provide a replacement with dental implants.  With improvements in the surgical technique, dental implants now have a better life expectancy than dental bridges and other methods to replace missing teeth.  Implant studies have been following the success of implants for over 30 years.  Longer term studies show better than 90% long term survival of implants and there have been many improvements over that time.  The more recent success rates are approaching 95-99% success.  Current research suggests that, unlike joint replacements which often have to be replaced at 10-15 years, dental implants may have a similar life expectancy to that of the natural teeth.   There are many forms of dental implants, but the most common are shaped like the root of a tooth.  The implant “root” is implanted into the bone (often times right when the tooth is extracted).   Sometimes temporary teeth may be placed on the implants right away.  This “immediate restoration” method carries some risk of failure if the patient were to bite too hard on the implant with a tough or hard piece of food, so the patient must have a soft diet in the area of the implant(s) until the implant (s) is/are adequately healed (usually around 10-16 weeks depending on implant size, number, and bone quality).