Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life all over Florida.
A prosthodontist usually restores dental implants and then sends the patient to another dentist to have the implant surgically placed. In addition to restoring implants, Dr. Eli Friedman is one of the very few prosthodontists practicing in South Florida—in Coral Springs, Plantation, and Palm Beach who has an additional three years of training, enabling him to also surgically place the implants. This is a huge advantage and tremendously reduces the risk of errors causes by multiple dentists—with their different training and opinions—working on the same patient. Instead, the patient is under the care of one specialist from start to finish, and does not have to travel from office to office to get the treatment done.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, Dr. Eli Friedman, a trained specialist in this field, will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure and oftentimes teeth can be placed immediately.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Eli Friedman will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Friedman can then start making your new teeth. First, an impression must be taken and then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments.
In addition to dental implants, prosthodontists also provides dentures, overdentures (dentures that snap on implants), hybrids (implant fixed dentures), porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, esthetic makeovers, TMJ adjustments, occlusion equilibrations, bruxism, sleep apnea, and many more procedures.
Many other procedures are offered, including extractions, root canals, composite fillings, teeth whitening, Invisalign, inlays, onlays, and treatment of periodontal disease.