How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 6

Hello, again!  We are happy that you are returning to the next segment of this article series, and we welcome our faithful followers as well as our new readers joining us for the first time!  As ongoing followers of this blog, I’m sure you will agree that we have already established that we have a long-standing reputation for devotion to the improvement of our readers as well as the patients of Dr. Scharf.  Dr. David Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research. And since it influences the lives of those afflicted with gum disease, he loves to share any information which he feels is pertinent to his readers and patients.  This current article series focuses on the process of dental implant treatment, and we hope to familiarize you with the incredible technological options which are available for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. In our past postings, we have been discussing the step-by-step process involved in dental implantation.  We invite you to join us as we continue this journey on the road to dental implantation treatment.

Tooth Extraction

After the evaluation and the pre-implant surgery, the next step for most patients is tooth extraction. So, are you wondering why more teeth may need extracting when you’re considering dental implantation for already missing teeth?  That’s a great question, and here is your answer: sometimes, the remaining teeth in the area of concern for the dental implant placement or in the upper and lower plates may be damaged, cracked clear down to the root, or infected.  If the existing teeth aren’t reasonably healthy, you are at an increased risk of additional problems down the road. The damaged or otherwise unhealthy teeth extracted and a dental implant put back in its place, and, sometimes, Dr. Scharf can even use the socket from which the damaged or diseased tooth was removed, placing the dental implant the same day!  A word of caution is needed here: same day placement may not always be possible if the socket from which the tooth came needs more time to heal.

Bone Grafting

The next step for most dental implant patients is bone grafting.  As frequently happens, sometimes a tooth “goes missing” for a variety of reasons and is not replaced in a timely fashion, for a variety of extenuating circumstances.  Though this is quite understandable, it is important to point out that the jaw bone begins to resorb or melt away immediately — losing approximately 25% of its height within the first year after the tooth loss!  Why is this important, you may wonder? Since the jaw bone is the primary supporting structure for the dental implants and on which the crowns eventually mounted, if the height of the jaw bone structure is not uniform, the post and the final crown placement can be compromised.  If bone grafting is required to accommodate the dental implant, then a healing period of a minimum of four (4) months is needed before the next step can be taken.

Next time, we will discuss the post placement and the final crown placement to complete the steps involved in dental implant treatment.  Until then, we want to strongly urge you to seek a dental professional to evaluate and monitor gum and periodontal disease in every member of your family.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can identify, treat and monitor gum disease in any stage of development in any member of your family.  Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at and let him explain how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.


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