RA: You’re watching the wellness hour, the leader in medical news information. I’m Randy Alvarez. Today’s topic: replacing missing teeth with dental implants. According to our first guest he says “NO MORE DENTURES.” We have an expert on the topic, Dr. Pastiu. Dr Pastiu welcome to the program. DP: Thank […] Read more »
What happens if I do not have enough bone for dental implants?
This question comes up a lot. Many patients are told that they do not have enough bone left to have dental implants placed. Typically they had the teeth removed a while ago, they wore denture for long time, the bone melted away and all that is left now is an […] Read more »
Why is the Sinus Lift Needed?
The short answer to the title’s question is “because the lowering of the sinus floor was not prevented earlier”. The more detailed answer follows below. One very specific type of bone graft is the sinus lift. The maxilary sinus is located above the roots of the upper teeth from the […] Read more »
Why Some Patients Need Bone Graft or Sinus Lift?
In order for the dental implant to integrate with the bone(fuse, bond with the bone), it has to be surrounded by a layer of bone of at least 1.5 mm. Sometimes, some patients do not have enough thickness of the bone to ensure that the implant is completely surrounded by […] Read more »
How much do dentures REALLY cost on the long term?
Patients think that dentures are the cheaper treatment alternative when it comes to replacing missing teeth. It is partially true. On the short term they are the cheaper alternative compared with dental implants or dental bridges. But on the long term they are way more expensive than having dental implants […] Read more »
Implant parts for later?
Today, a patient brought up this question which I found very interesting and wise: “What happens if the implant company that made my implants is not going to be in business 20 years from now and I’ll need something fixed, but they won’t have the parts available?” This is a […] Read more »
Why settle with dentures when you can have dental implants?
In United States, approx. 55% of the adult population has one or more teeth missing. Out of the people with missing teeth, only approx. 15% of them seek treatment of the missing teeth. Out of those seeking treatment, approx. 80% of them get treatment with conventional dentistry(dentures, partial dentures, flippers, snap-on-smile, […] Read more »
Expectations for Implant Retained Overdenture
I am writing this blog because of some confusion I feel the patients have about the implant retained overdenture. Some patients expect that the implant retained overdenture to feel or behave like natural teeth or permanent/fixed bridges. It is not the case, because the implant retained overdenture(as the name says […] Read more »
Difference Between Implant Retained Overdentures And Teeth In A Day
Lately, in my conversations with my new patients who come for full mouth restoration with dental implants, I realized that there is a misunderstanding between the Implant Retained Overdentures and Teeth in a Day/All-on-4. In this blog I will explain the similarities and differences between the two of them. Implant […] Read more »
Why are Dental Implants so Expensive and How You Can Afford Them?
I am asked this question all the time when I quote a treatment plan containing dental implants. I have to agree with the patient that yes, it is a lot of money, but when one looks at the value that one gets back after having one or more missing teeth replaced […] Read more »