Tooth loss is an unfortunate part of life for about 120 million people in the United States. If you fall into this category, you may benefit from a relative new treatment known as NobelPearl.
We here at DeWire Dental specialize in a number of different replacement options, including NobelPearl, because we want our patients to experience the best possible restorative dentistry available today. In fact, we are the first office in Lehigh Valley to offer this amazing new treatment!
The Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth
A missing tooth does not just affect the cosmetics of your smile, it can also cause additional problems for your oral health. Above all else, the most serious issue is potential bone deterioration in the jaw.
When you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation of its root, which keeps the bone health and strong. Over time, a lack of physical stimulation can cause resorption of the bone into the bloodstream, also known as atrophy. This deterioration can affect your facial appearance and your chances of qualifying for dental implants.
Without treatment, a missing tooth can also result in a malocclusion (misaligned bite). In other words, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth usually shift out of position to accommodate the open space. A malocclusion can lead to problems chewing, speaking, and even smiling.
What Are Dental Implants?
In the past, the only way to replace a missing tooth was with a removable denture or conventional bridge. These days, dental implants are usually the ideal solution. A conventional dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that we surgically embed into the jawbone.
Once an implant is in place, it serves as the root component of a prosthesis thanks to a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration produces a powerful bond between the implant screw and jawbone that is strong enough to support a single crown, partial bridge, or even a full-arch restoration. However, this process requires bone of sufficient density, quality, and quantity.
Patients with bone that is too thin or too soft may not initially qualify for dental implants. Some people may be able to receive an implant after a preliminary bone graft, while others may not due to severe bone deterioration. Luckily, most people healthy enough to undergo a minor oral surgery should qualify for implant treatment.
What Is NobelPearl?
Thanks to advancements in technology and new techniques, we can now help even more patients undergo implant treatment with NobelPearl! NobelPearl is a new type of implant manufactured by Nobel Biocare, the industry leader in high-quality dental implants. Instead of titanium, NobelPearl implants are fabricated using a strong ceramic compound, a revolutionary new concept!
This type of ceramic implant is also broken down into two pieces just like titanium ones: the implant screw and the abutment. Because NobelPearl is fabricated using tooth-colored ceramic, your new restoration will provide a more natural, esthetically-pleasing look. Conventional metal implants have a habit of showing through the bottom of a prosthesis.
Is NobelPearl Right for You?
We should be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for NobelPearl during your initial consultation appointment. Dr. DeWire will perform a comprehensive examination using advanced imaging technology, including digital x-rays or CBCT scans, to ensure implant treatment is right for you.
Whether or not NobelPearl is appropriate is largely up to personal preference. However, it is important to note that ceramic implants may not be the best solution if you are missing multiple teeth. The same might be true if your missing tooth is in an area that needs to withstand the strongest forces of your bite, as ceramic is more susceptible to fractures.
Ceramic implant are 100% metal-free and proven to attach to both soft tissues (your gums) and the underlying bone. This allows patients that may have an allergy to titanium receive an implant, when it would have previously been impossible. Patients with thin gum tissues, specifically those concerned with titanium showing through, may also benefit from NobelPearl.
NobelPearl Implant Procedure
The NobelPearl procedure is similar to that of conventional implants. Because a ceramic implant is broken down into a two components, the screw and abutment, the procedure is usually split up into two minor surgeries. After we determine that a NobelPearl is right for you, we can schedule your first procedure.
During your first surgery, Dr. DeWire will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Next, we drill a tiny hole into the bone, allowing us to deeply embed the ceramic implant within the jaw. Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision.
Osseointegration can take anywhere from six months to over a year, depending on your oral health and your body’s tissue response. After the healing and osseointegration processes are complete, we can schedule your second surgical procedure.
During this next appointment, we will reopen the incision to gain access to your implant. Next, we securely attach a ceramic abutment to the top of the post. The abutment provides additional support while linking the implant to your future restoration.
Once the implant is in place, we can take an impression of the area. We then send this impression to our dental lab, where we will fabricate your new crown. Most implant-supported crowns are fabricated using porcelain or zirconia, both of which possess the same light-reflective properties of natural enamel.
It generally takes several weeks to fabricate a ceramic crown. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary prosthesis to protect the implant site, and restore your ability to properly chew and speak. After we complete your final crown, we will permanently attach it to the underlying implant.
Benefits of Ceramic Implants
||Superior Esthetics: The ceramic post, abutment, and prosthesis provide optimal esthetics. Porcelain and zirconia are virtually-indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
||Better Biocompatibility: Unlike titanium, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In fact, soft tissues tolerate ceramic compounds extremely well.
||Improved Long-Term Oral Health: Both ceramic and titanium implants help prevent future bone deterioration. Ceramic also has the added benefit of low plaque buildup and zero risk of corrosion.
||Comfort: Because they fuse to your jawbone, dental implants are more comfortable than removable alternatives. They also allow you to eat, speak, and smile without having to worry about embarrassing slips or damage.
||Convenience: Implant-supported restorations will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. This means you can brush and floss your new crown as you would the rest of your smile.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
If you are missing one or more teeth, you should take action as soon as possible. The longer you wait to replace a missing tooth, the more likely you are to develop additional complications. To learn more about NobelPearl call (610) 838-6188, and schedule your consultation appointment today!