Dental Implants Succasunna, NJ

How to Improve the Success Rate of Dental Implants

Dental Implants Succasunna, NJMany of us can remember our grandparents – and their dentures. Instances of tooth loss used to be far more common than they are today, affecting as much as 50% of adults by middle age. Times are different now than they were in the early 1900s. More of us are keeping more of our teeth longer, right? Yes, to a degree. According to statistics:

  • Tooth loss is still prevalent among 35 to 44-year-olds, affecting almost 70% of this age group.
  • More than 75% of 74-year-olds will face complete tooth replacement.

Tooth loss is not something we want to happen. That means we need to talk about it. The more we talk, and the more we learn, the better we can preserve the natural structure of the mouth. Hygiene is a vital aspect to maintaining teeth for life, but it is not a given. Part of the conversation about tooth preservation also needs to address what to do in the event of tooth loss.

One of the most common ways to replace teeth today is with dental implants. The tiny posts used to replace the root foundation are appropriate for all degrees of tooth loss, from a single tooth to all teeth. Implants are popular largely because of their track record for success (over 95%), a success rate that is maximized by smart choices such as:

  1. Moving quickly. Tooth loss is only the first event. After the initial loss of tooth and root structure comes bone loss, and this can be more difficult to manage. The faster that implants are inserted into the place of missing roots, the better bone tissue can be safeguarded.
  2. Moving carefully. While it is advantageous to have implant treatment sooner rather than later, there is no value at all in rushing into treatment without knowing some important information. Implant care is best performed by an implant dentist who has obtained more than the necessary training. Succassuna dentist Dr. Goldberg studied at The Dawson Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Oral Implantology. His additional Fellowships and associations demonstrate high standards for implant care.
  3. Moving consistently. After implant treatment, patients increase the longevity of their oral structure by taking optimal care of their new teeth. Bacteria never go away and, as such, they threaten gum health. This, in turn, threatens the stability of implants. Maintaining a healthy mouth means maintaining strong, function implants.

We would be happy to consult with you about dental implant treatment. Contact our office for a convenient appointment time.

 

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Your Story May Not Be Serving you

Dental Implant Succasunna, NJMost adults can remember just how much they loved stories when they were young. Even in adulthood, the story surrounds us. It could be the latest novel that peaks your interest or that action film that just made it to theaters. We all also have personal stories, tales that we tell ourselves. These can dictate the many decisions we make from day to day, including the care we give to ourselves. We even see how dental care may be impacted by certain stories. Here, we will look at how some people let stories about dental implant treatment get between them and their best smile.

Tooth replacement is not necessary

Unless you are facing total tooth failure or loss, you could fall victim to this common story. A lost tooth is a lost tooth, and that small gap in the mouth isn’t visible in the smile, so it doesn’t matter. We’re here to tell you that it matters. Tooth loss results in much more than an altered appearance. It also affects how you chew. Teeth that carry the stress of chewing are now at risk of overuse, excessive wear, and damage.

Dental implants are for younger people

How easily we take ourselves out of just about any game by believing we are too old for one thing or another. Dental implant treatment does not have an age requirement. What is more important is that you are in good general health and that your jaw bone is, as well. Habits like smoking and oral care are important because they dictate the future success of your implants far more directly than your age.

I can just get some other treatment

Patients who say this are saying that they do not believe they deserve to get dental implants. This most often revolves around spending money to restore the smile. If you are tempted to tell yourself this story, remember that you didn’t have to earn the natural teeth that have filled out your smile for your lifetime. Likewise, there is nothing you need to do to deserve a healthy, restored smile.

Would you like to explore your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants? Call your Succasunna dentist at (973) 328-1225.

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DENTAL DIGEST

DENTAL DIGEST

Dental Implants, Insurance, and Payment

 


Morris County Dental Associates Succasunna, NJRarely do patients come to me in need of dental implants without questions about costs, insurance, and payments. This issue of Dental Digest will hopefully shed some light on these issues.

INSURANCE:

  • Dental insurance does not behave like medical insurance. Dental insurance has a maximum, meaning once your insurance company pays out that amount, they will not pay any more for that benefit period, typically a calendar year. Therefore, if your plan’s maximum is $1,500 and your expected treatment is $5,000, your responsibility will be $3,500.
  • Implant coverage: We are finding more and more policies cover dental implants, but this is a very broad and general statement. When someone undergoes dental implant treatment, there are multiple services that are performed. Coverage for each service is what you need to know. Examples of these services may include: the implant itself, an abutment, a crown, extractions, and grafting. Also, remember the point made above: once the maximum is reached, the insurance company will not pay out any additional funds.
  • Pre-determinations: When you ask your dentist to find out what your plan covers, you are asking for a pre- determination. However, these documents serve very little purpose, except to find out if a procedure is covered under your plan. IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF PAYMENT! Just because the document states it is a covered procedure does not mean that it will be paid. There are MANY limitations and exclusions that apply. BEWARE!

INVESTMENT:

  • Dental implants should be thought of as an investment, not an expense. You are investing your time and financial resources into your health. Understanding this concept will help you get away from the restrictive nature of insurance and guide you towards other methods of affording dental implants.

PAYMENT:

In my practice, we perform many dental implant procedures for our patients and the patients of other dentists. We recognize the financial needs of people, and we offer many opportunities for people to be able to afford the treatments they need and desire:

  • Cash & Check Discounts: Many people have the funds for the services they are requesting, but like all smart consumers, they look for discounts. We will offer those discounts for payments made my cash & check.
  • Home Equity Lines Of Credit: If you own your own home, and with interest rates so low, this is the cheapest money you can borrow. You pay yourself back as you see fit, with no (to little) penalties.
  • Healthcare Financing Companies: There are multiple companies that will lend money for your healthcare needs. Some examples are CareCredit, Lending Club, and Health Credit Services. Plans offered by these companies range from interest-free loans to extended loans at higher interest rates.

In summary, whether your needs are a single implant or complex care such as All-On- Four®, insurance, financing, and your thought process are all important considerations. We help our patients every day with these considerations here at Morris County Dental Associates.

Schedule a consultation

For a consultation, including a free 3-D scan (if necessary), please call the office at (973) 328-1225.

Let’s Talk about Mini Dental Implants

Mini Dental ImplantsTooth loss can be a serious problem that you don’t see coming. Most adults today remember seeing a grandparent, or even a parent, have to trade natural teeth for full dentures. Historically, having dentures meant losing the authenticity of your smile. Today, there are options for tooth replacement that not only preserve a natural appearance, but that also support lifelike chewing and speaking sensations. This is no small fete, and it is an important reason why dental implants have become the gold standard in restorative care.

Patients of Morris County Dental Associates have the option of receiving mini dental implants. These smaller structures have been developed for specific use, with which Dr. Goldberg is very familiar. If you want to know the facts about dental implant treatment, consult with an experienced New Jersey implant dentist. Dr. Goldberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, as well as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. His 20-plus year history of implant treatment makes him a wonderful resource for patients throughout New Jersey.

The Truth about Mini Dental Implants

One of the primary misconceptions about mini dental implants is that they are not appropriate for a patient who could not receive traditional implants. We want to set the record straight on this because it would be a tragedy for any patient to believe they cannot get their smile back! While there are instances in which neither traditional nor mini implants will work, there are a good number of patients for whom the smaller structure is ideal. For instance, 4 to 6 mini implants can successfully support the load of a lower denture even when bone thickness has decreased too much to receive a few larger implant posts.

The other primary factor that keeps patients from seeking implant treatment is the misconception that treatment is too costly. Where mini implants are concerned, the cost can be significantly lower than you imagine. This is because there is usually no need for bone grafting prior to implant placement, and the insertion procedure is more straightforward.

The best way to know if you are a good candidate for mini implants is to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Goldberg. Contact our Succasunna office at (973) 328-1225.

 

Why Dental Implants Are A Great Idea

Dental Implants morris county njThere are many reasons for replacing a tooth or teeth – periodontal disease, cavities, bone loss, missing teeth, failed dental work, and injury or trauma – to name a few. If you are suffering from any of these serious dental conditions, you may be a candidate for a dental implant. What exactly is a dental implant? It’s basically the artificial replacement of the root of a natural tooth with a naturally looking replacement tooth on top.

Millions of Americans continue to suffer from missing teeth even though modern dentistry has come a very long way. Years ago, the only tooth replacement options were fixed bridges and removable dentures. Dental implants provide a better, more naturally looking alternative, because they begin with a titanium post which provides a strong foundation for the replacement tooth.

Arming yourself with information is a good thing. So, if you are suffering from a missing or diseased tooth, the first thing to do is become informed about the tooth replacement options available. During your initial consultation, Dr. Goldberg will examine your teeth, explain replacement options, interpret your x-rays, and answer any questions you may have. He can replace one tooth or several teeth. Dr. Goldberg is dedicated to ensuring you have the best care and treatment possible.

You should consider dental implant treatment when you are ready. But let us help you make that decision. Your self-confidence and even your most intimate connections can be tied to how you feel about your teeth.

Summer is the perfect time to replace your missing, diseased or discolored teeth. The dental implant procedure is simple, recovery is fast and dental implants are easy to maintain. They look natural and will last for decades with proper care – which, as you know, means brushing and flossing daily, and visiting Dr. Goldberg twice a year for a thorough cleaning and check-up.

Call to schedule an appointment to learn more about dental implants and get the beautiful smile you deserve: 973-328-1225.

Common Medications & Dental Implants

The Facts about SSRIs, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft & Lexapro by Dr. Ira Goldberg

Dental implants can be affected by medications.  SSRIs, which is an abbreviation for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are a common medication class which can affect dental implants.  Examples of SSRIs include:dental implants and medication

  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Lexapr
  • Celexa

They are used for conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

In fact, in a list of the top 100 drugs, 5 of them are SSRIs.  This is why its important to understand their relationship to dental implants if you are considering dental implant therapy to restore an oral condition, and you take one of these SSRIs.

Serotonin is a chemical made by the body for communication between cells.  It is released by cells, and then reabsorbed (known as reuptake).  The SSRI blocks the reuptake.  How it actually helps patients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or OCD is unknown, but like most medications, there are side effects that can affect one’s health, including dental implants.

In 2014 there was a study done on SSRIs and dental implants.  What was interesting with this study was that dental implant failures were about double when compared to patients who didn’t take SSRIs.  But these failures were what we call “late failures,” which means the implants did not fail when they were placed or while they were healing, but rather when the implants were “loaded,” or placed into function.

But this isn’t all of the important information.  Its important to know that serotonin is integral during the loading phase of dental implants.  The problem is with the EXCESS serotonin that is present due to the SSRIs.  Just like the fact that we don’t know exactly how SSRIs help with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or OCD, we don’t know exactly how this excess serotonin causes the late-stage implant failures.  There is a hypothesis that the bone mass loss is caused by the SSRI interfering with the regular bone healing process when the implants are loaded.

So what does all this mean to you as a consumer if you take an SSRI and are searching for an implant dentist to treat you for your dental implants?  Here are some points to consider:

  • If you have implants placed and restored, and at some point down the road you develop problems, it might be due to your medication.
  • Even though you might want to get your dental implants finished right away, your dentist might suggest a longer healing time.
  • If you have to have multiple implants placed side-by-side, your dentist might suggest they be “splinted,” meaning they may be connected to each other. This helps to strengthen them.
  • Your dentist might also suggest the implants have temporary crowns placed before the final crowns are fabricated: this may cause your treatment time to be longer and the overall implant cost be higher, but your dentist is looking out for your best interest.

As mentioned above, what is known about the inter-relationship between dental implants and SSRIs is relatively new.  Questions that have been posed, and not yet answered, include:

  • Does the type of SSRI matter? What effect will one SSRI have on a dental implant as opposed to another?
  • Does the dosage of the SSRI matter? What effect will the drug strength have on dental implants

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Dr. Ira Goldberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry, a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Vice-President of the Northeast District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.  He has been practicing implant dentistry for over 20 years and teaches implant dentistry to other dentists.  He is a general dentist and owner of Morris County Dental Associates, LLC in the Roxbury Mall in Succasunna.  Additional information can be found on his website: www.MorrisCountyDentist.com.  The office can be reached at: (973) 328-1225 or via email: frontdesk.mcda@gmail.com

 

 

The Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants:  you’ve heard about them, but what can they do for you?  And what is the cost of dental implants: can you afford them?

178 million people in the U.S are missing at least one tooth, and more than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists.  Dental implants can mitigate these people’s concerns on many levels:  5

  • Eliminate the esthetic stigma of having a missing tooth,
  • Improve the functional problem of chewing difficulty,
  • Eliminate repetitive cycles of pain, root canals, tooth fracture, and cavities,
  • Decrease shifting of teeth, and
  • Wipe out the psychological component of simply having a missing tooth.

As dentists, we know there are additional consequences of these missing teeth that may not be apparent right away, but will probably show up years down the road:

  • Bone loss,
  • Loss of additional teeth,
  • Damage to the TMJ (jaw joint), the related muscles, headaches, and
  • Since people are living longer, your health may be compromised as you age due to poor nutrition from a decreased ability to chew well.

But what do dental implants cost?  And what procedures are available with these dental implants?  Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, implant solutions exist.  In the past, a full arch (an arch is one jaw: either the upper jaw or the lower jaw) could cost upwards of $60,000.  Full arch solutions, such as All-On-Four®, now exist where not only is the cost half or even less than half, but you can get your smile back within one appointment!

If your situation calls for only one or a few implants, obviously the cost of the implants is less.  A single dental implant will cost between $2,200 for a mini-implant to $3,600 for a standard-size implant.

It’s also important not to think of dental implants as an expense, but rather an investment.  And there is great value to this type of investment.  Dental implants can return you to a state of health by eliminating pain, chewing difficulty, and social embarrassment. They can also set you up for long term health by improving your chewing and digestion.

For more information regarding many of these topics and options, we strongly encourage you to peruse our library of Patient Education Sheets by clicking here .

If some of these costs seem daunting for you, don’t despair.  Excellent financing opportunities exist to manage dental implant costs, and you’ll be surprised to see how affordable the implant care you seek and deserve can be.

Regardless of your needs, an important factor to consider when contemplating dental implants and the cost of dental implants is who will perform your procedures.  Be sure to find a dentist with plenty of experience and options to present to you.  Dr. Goldberg of Morris County Dental Associates is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a title held by less than 1% of dentists worldwide.  He also has been practicing implant dentistry for over 20 years.  Click here to learn more about him and his practice, and to schedule a free consultation to discuss your particular situation.  You’ll be glad you did.

How To Find A Top Implant Dentist

Top Implant Dentist in Morris County, NJ

Dr. Ira Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg has written articles about “How to Find a Top Implant Dentist” and what makes a Top Dentist a Top Implant Dentist in the past, but when he meet new people at parties or meetings, he’s asked this question frequently.  Therefore, Dr. Goldberg figured he share with you what he shared with them, and countless other people searching for a Top Implant Dentist in New Jersey.

 

One of the top criteria when searching for a Top Implant Dentist would be to ask friends and families who they have used for their dental implants.  However, this is definitely not enough: you need to find out what that person had done, and who did it.

 

Questions you should ask when finding a Top Implant Dentist:

1) What dental implant procedure did your friend have done compared to yours?  Did they have a single dental implant, while you need multiple implants?

 

2) Who did all of the work? Maybe they saw one dentist for the dental implant and another Top Dentist for the crown (cap).  Maybe this isn’t for you, and you want to see just one top implant dentist for all of the work.

 

Another important criteria to look for when seeking a Top Implant Dentist is their training and commitment to the field of implant dentistry.  For example, Dr. Goldberg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.  Dr. Goldberg also attends countless continuing education seminars to teach other dentists about dental implants.  Furthermore, Dr. Goldberg holds a Board position in one of these organizations.  In addition, Dr. Goldberg has other general dentists refer their patients to him because they trust his knowledge and skill as a Top Implant Dentist. Top Implant Dentists should be committed to the field of Implant Dentistry because dental implants change overnight, and the education never stops.

 

There is another way you can find a Top Implant Dentist in your area.  Go to the section of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry where you can find a Diplomate http://www.aboi.org/diplomates/find-a-diplomate and type in your information.  You can cross-verify the Top Implant Dentist’s commitment to the field of dental implants by looking for a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at http://www.aaid-implant.org/find-an-implant-dentist/?AdvanceSearch=True as well as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists http://icoi.org/find-a-dentist.php These are excellent ways of finding a Top Implant Dentist.

 

Dr. Goldberg meets new patients in his office specifically for dental implants, it’s the start of a new relationship.  By the time their treatment is complete, I hear all the time that they are so happy they found a Top Implant Dentist.  Again, it comes back to this: when searching for a Top Implant Dentist, it’s important to do your homework: talk to friends and family and do an internet search.  But be sure to research that Top Implant Dentist to be sure you’re on the right track.

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Choosing a Dental Implant Doctor

Choosing a Dental Implant Doctor in Morris County is More Than Just Cost of Dental ImplantsDental Implants Morris County

The other day I received an interesting phone call. The caller challenged me as to why she should come to my office for dental implants, rather than to a different office advertising implants for a few hundred dollars.

First, I asked her if she had a dentist that she had a good relationship with. She told me yes. I asked her if the other office was willing to work with her general dentist to be sure all treatment was coordinated. She said she didn’t know. I responded that I am willing to do that if she desired, because I feel maintaining the trust and relationship with her dentist is an important aspect of healthcare.

I then asked her about the training of the doctor in the other office. She wasn’t sure, and she mentioned there were many doctors, and she didn’t know which one would be doing the surgery. I told her this may not be important as long as they are all qualified, but that is up to her to determine. I asked her if she had looked at my training on my website: she said yes, and this was one of the reasons she was calling.

One of my other questions was what brand of implant was going to be placed. She had no idea. I told her there are many, many manufacturers, and some are more reputable than others. As with anything else in life, the more reputable the company, the greater the chance they will be around for parts and maintenance in the future, that the product has been researched and developed properly, but the higher the cost.

We spoke for a while about a number of other topics, and then I asked if they had taken a 3-D image (also known as a CBCT, which stands for “Cone Beam CT”). I was very concerned when she told me no. Not every situation requires a 3-D scan, but I have been doing implant dentistry for 20 years, and within the last few years, I scan almost all of my patients for their safety. Before I place implants I like to know where critical nerves are located, the size and shape of the sinuses, the thickness of the bone the implant is being placed into, and a number of other items.

After the caller and I hung up, I pondered the situation. I felt the patient challenged me with a good question: we all want a good product or service for a minimal amount of money. But the cost of a dental implant should not be the only factor when choosing your implant dentist.

Want to find out more information? Contact our office today at (973) 328-1225 to request an appointment with Dr. Goldberg.

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SMILE – A DENTAL IMPLANT MAY BE IN YOUR FUTURE!

Children lose their baby teeth with happy smiles, knowing a visit from the Tooth Fairy awaits them! However, for an adult missing one or more of their teeth there is no happy smile. Sometimes, teeth are absent at birth or teeth can be lost due to accident or sports injuries. More commonly, teeth are lost because of a lifetime of poor dental habits which result in gum disease, infection and decay.

  • Painful, missing teeth can affects the quality of your life.
  • If you have slipping dentures, it’s embarrassing to eat and painful to smile.
  • Perhaps your older crowns or bridges need to be replaced.

At Morris County Dental, we specialize in putting a smile back on your face. We can help you with a more permanent, long-term solution and can give you back a huge part of your life, restore your self-confidence and put your dental worries to rest.

CONSIDER DENTAL IMPLANTS AND RESTORE YOUR SMILE.
Dental implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth.

A dental implant begins with a titanium post (that functions like your tooth root) that is surgically positioned into your jawbone beneath the gum line. The post fuses with your bone and allows the replacement tooth to be mounted. By the time your custom-made crown is placed over the post, it has become a sturdy foundation. Remember: implants can’t come loose like dentures can and they don’t have to be anchored to other teeth like bridges.

ARE IMPLANTS FOR YOU?
You must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft, you may require a bone graft. Dr. Goldberg can tell you everything you need to know and whether or not you would be a good candidate for this procedure.

Dental implants look, function and feel like real teeth, but they do not decay. You must take good care of them, however, by flossing and brushing and visiting Dr. Goldberg regularly.

Want to know more? Call Morris County Dental for a consultation, today (973) 328-1225