Full Mouth Reconstruction for Cosmetic & Functional Results
Dental Implants are the Optimal Facial Reconstruction Option
Why Do Patients Need Dental Implants?
There are numerous clinical and lifestyle reasons to choose the optimal restorative choice which is a dental implant. Over the thousands of implants placed by Natural Dentistry, Dr. May has found the most likely dental implants result from the below scenarios:
- Failing root canals
- Heavily restored teeth – where the teeth have been crowned in re-crowned multiple times
- Decay below the crown or bridge
- Fracture of crowned or root canaled teeth
- Upgrade to dentures
- Physical trauma resulting in tooth loss
- Birth defects resulting in missing adult teeth
- Cancer or diseases affecting significant jaw or bone removal
- Bone infections
- Root abscesses and infections
Dental Implants are the Superior Solution Among All Restorative Options
Restorative Options for Missing Teeth & Endentulous Patients For patients with 1 or more missing teeth, but less than a full jaw of missing teeth (fully edentulous jaw or mandible) a dental implant is the optimal restoration.
- Dental Implants – Permanent
- Dental Bridge – Permanent
- Dental Partial Prosthesis – Removable
- Full Prosthesis or Denture – Removable
Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement
Dental implant treatment is the preferred method of tooth replacement in most situations, for all missing teeth due to their significant benefits over the other, less preferred restoration options. For single or several missing teeth, the optimal treatment restoration is a dental implant, and if the patient is a candidate, a zirconia dental implant (depending on location of missing teeth.) Some of the benefits of dental implant treatment include:
- A dental implant preserves the bone by replacing the missing tooth root.
- A dental implant enhanced the appearance of the face, helping develop bone and provides natural bone support for facial musculature and skin (especially around lips and the mouth), helping achieve a move youthful appearance for patients with missing teeth.
- A dental implant protects the adjacent natural teeth, as opposed to compromising them.
- A dental implant improves breathing and blood oxygenation, as opposed to removable that can block the natural movement of airflow into the body and even cause or exacerbate sleep apnea.
- A dental implant improves full mouth mastication (chewing) function by helping to evenly distribute pressure forces (during chewing) among the arches and equally among teeth, like natural teeth, unlike the options.
- A dental implant improves reduced wear of other teeth protecting all other teeth and increasing their longevity over the long term.
- A dental implant improves reduced wear of other teeth protecting all other teeth and maintaining the proper alignment and proportions of the smile, which is deteriorated and becomes less attractive when teeth are worn down.
- A dental implant improves symptoms of sleep apnea, which can be caused or exacerbated by removable non-implant restorations
- Superior long-term aesthetics are achieved by preventing a visible defect in the bone.
- An implant crown is more hygienic than a bridge because it is cleaned like a natural tooth and does not have food stuck underneath like a pontic bridge, partial or denture.
General Advantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implant treatment is the only solution that preserves bone and gum levels.
- Maintains the facial musculature, achieving a more youthful, uplifted, fuller appearance of the face
- Superior long-term aesthetics by preventing a visible defect in the bone as a result of tooth loss.
- No compromise to the health of adjacent teeth (No drilling or cutting of healthy adjacent teeth)
- Dental implant restorations have a much better long-term prognosis compared to bridges
- Documented clinical studies indicate success rates for implants of 94-96% for 12-15 years
- Significantly reduced risk of periodontal disease formation at the surgical site of dental implant, due to bone and gum regrowth and continued support, versus bridge which typically results in poor hygiene, periodontal inflammation, disease progression, gum recession, and ultimately progressive bone loss.
- High success rates (better than 95% over 10 years)
- Decreased risk of caries of adjacent teeth
- Decreased risk of endodontic problems on adjacent teeth
- Improved hygiene
- Decreased cold or contact sensitivity of adjacent teeth
- Psychological advantage
- Decreased abutment tooth loss
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
- More planning time and treatment time required
- Treatment requires surgical procedure
- Higher cost (but results in lifetime stability and less future investment for revisions)
Illustration of Dental Implant vs Pontic Bridge Option
Dental Implant Costs Are Not Only Healthier, but cost LESS in the Long Run than Dental Bridges
Dental Implants are the ONLY restorative options that prevent BONE LOSS & Premature Aging
Dental Implants are the only restorative solution that prevents bone loss. Bone loss is an unfortunate side effect of tooth loss, which occurs because the jaw and mandible bone reabsorb back into the body, without a tooth root (or dental implant) stimulating bone growth.
Why Tooth Loss Damages Full Mouth Structure
To explain further, “when you don’t use it, you lose it.” This concept indicates that when you have a normal tooth, you continuously experience chewing forces from grinding your teeth while eating food (masticating) which puts pressure on the bone and in return the bone provides strength and density. However, if an implant is not placed within 12 weeks after a tooth extraction and bone graft, the bone level will automatically start to diminish, weakening the jaw and adjacent teeth, alongside already injured bone at the extraction site. The ONLY way to prevent bone loss over the long term is to place a dental implant.
Bone Loss and Facial Disfigurement
Bone loss in the jaws severely changes the contours of the face and creates an aggressively aged facial musculature. The only way prevents premature aging, loss of facial elasticity, loss of adjacent teeth, loss of vertical bite (space between the chin and checks), skin drooping, deep wrinkle formation, TMJ dysfunction and other debilitating side effects it to reinforce the bone with dental implants after the loss of teeth. Aesthetic Consequences of Bone Loss
- Decreased facial height
- Loss of labiomental angle
- Deepening of vertical lines in lip and face
- Rotation of chin forward, giving a prognathic appearance
- Decreased horizontal labial angle of lip, making patient look unhappy
- Loss of tone in muscles of facial expression
- Thinning of vermillion border of the lips from loss of muscle tone
- Deepening of nasolabial groove
- Increase in columella-philtrum angle
- Increased length of maxillary lip so that fewer teeth show at rest and smiling, which ages the smile
- Ptosis of buccinator muscle attachment, which leads to jowls at side of face
- Ptosis of mentalis muscle attachment, which leads to witch’s chin
In the image below, a 30-year-old woman has lost her molars due to an infection, and 2 scenarios are displayed. One where the patient chose to restore her mouth with dental implants, and one where the patient chose to wear a partial denture and experienced bone erosion of adjacent teeth until all the remaining teeth were gone as well over a period of approximately 10 years. Notice in the dental implant option, the woman’s facial structure, and bone remained the same over the 10 year period due to the dental implant preserving bone, facial structure and providing the proper framework for the face and TMJ joint.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a permanent and superior alternative to dentures, crowns, and bridges. They consist of three different parts: The Implant: This is a screw that directly connects to your jaw and acts as a root for your replacement tooth. In some situations, the bone may need to be grafted before the implant can be installed. The Abutment: Part of the implant that secures the prosthetic tooth. Crown: This is the actual prosthetic tooth. It is made of porcelain, zirconium, or another dental material and is prefabricated in a dental lab so that it fits perfectly with your natural teeth. The Ultimate Solution: Ceramic dental implants provide better aesthetics, a more permanent tooth replacement solution, and better biocompatibility than titanium implants, metal implants, dental bridges, or dentures. The beautiful, long-lasting, biocompatible, metal-free and superior by every measure dental implants that Dr. Yuriy May places have numerous uses for different types of cases including: Dental implants are incredibly versatile and can replace one tooth, multiple teeth or the full jaw. They are often the best permanent solution for people who have failing teeth and other dental problems. Additionally, this type of treatment has a very high success rate for patients, over 90% of dental implants succeed and for those few with complications, 95% succeed during the second dental implant procedures. Approximately 95% of implants last for the rest of a patient’s life (10-12 years in research terms) , where root canals, bridges, and other replacement options typically need to be addressed 3 to 7 years down the road.
- Single tooth dental implant replacements
- Implant supported bridges
- Full mouth reconstruction through multiple dental implant placements
- 4 dental implants and a removable overdenture
- 4 to 6 dental implants and a fixed, nonremovable overdenture
- Orthodontic anchorage devices
Single Tooth Replacements: Dental implants can permanently replace one or more missing teeth while also preserving bone, the shape of the mouth, supporting facial musculature and shape of the face. The dental implant will, over time, integrate with patients’ own natural jaw bone. This is called osseointegration, and ultimately the process stimulates the jaw bone, creating additional healthy bone growth which in turn combats bone loss and improves your overall facial structure, bone and tooth health. The crown, which attaches to the dental implant, will look and function just like or better than the patient’s own natural tooth, allowing patients to live, smile, laugh and rip through corn or steak with confidence. Implant-Supported Bridges: Dental implant-supported bridges permanently replace multiple teeth while preserving the overall bone structure of not just the tooth but an entire jaw quadrant, which significantly helps maintain the structural integrity of the facial musculature and bone, allowing cheeks to avoid sallow looks and sagging of the skin. Traditional bridges are supported by the adjacent teeth, which puts pressure on your formerly healthy teeth, loosening of them over time (referred to in dentistry as the “cantilever effect”) and causing the additional and unnatural force to exacerbate erosion of the health teeth, otherwise know as “grinding down.” This causes several long-term problems for the patient including bone loss at the site of the missing and implant-less tooth, excessive and unbalanced force on the adjacent healthy teeth eroding the bone and tooth structure, bacteria and food particles being caught under the bridge (empty tooth location) causing gum inflammation and generating unhealthy bacteria growth in the mouth, and ultimately, loss of the integrity of the facial structures in terms of musculature and bone due to the erosion of both adjacent teeth and the jaw bone where the former tooth had once been. Unlike cantilever bridges, a dental implant-supported bridge is held firmly in place by the dental implant, and therefore bone growth is stimulated around the site of the missing tooth (now implant) and the natural pressure of the bite and chewing is equally and once again, naturally, distributed across the remaining natural teeth, preventing the healthy teeth from being damaged in the placement of the bridge. Additionally, the implants will stimulate the jaw bone growth, preventing bone loss and prolonging the preservation of facial musculature and bone structure resulting in a more youthful appearance. Full Mouth Reconstruction (Full-Arch Replacements): Dental implant surgeons like Dr. Yuriy May use advanced dental implant technology every day to permanently restore an entire arch of teeth (mandible or maxilla of the mouth) in one efficient, permanent and health-enduring procedure. As few as four dental implants can be strategically placed to support a custom arch of beautiful teeth that will absolutely redefine the shape of the face for both men and woman, making them look younger and revitalizing their entire facial structure. During excessive tooth loss that patients experience either due to disease, medications, physical trauma. During the procedure, a beautiful and high-quality temporary prosthetic will be placed following the initial procedure, but once your implant sites heal you will receive your gorgeous, zirconia, custom designed, natural looking celebrity teeth that will allow you live the life your dreams – eat all the grass-fed, pastured, grass-finished steak or quinoa and organic corn your heart desires, while wearing the gorgeous, million dollars, never go out of style smile. Your incredible zirconia dental implants have a lifetime warranty from Dr. Yuriy May and you will realize, life would have been better with your fully restored arch if you only did it 30 years ago! Orthodontic Anchorage Devices: Dental implant specialists like Dr. Yuriy May often work hand in hand with functional orthodontists to use dental implants as anchorage devices to move surrounding teeth for palate expansion and other uses, including the ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functional Appliance). After Natural Dentistry’s oral surgeon places the dental implant, a functional orthodontist various hidden devices to the dental implant and surrounding teeth. Having a stable anchor tooth allows the surrounding teeth to move into place faster to achieve the ideal mouth opening for aesthetic, breathing and functional objectives. Dental implant surgeons like Dr. Yuriy May continue to find new and inventive ways to utilize dental implant technology, and Natural Dentistry has only described a mere few of the most popular uses for dental implants. With all of the treatment options available, Dr. May is confident and committed to identifying the optimal, health supporting treatment that fits even the neediest patients’ needs, either with dental implants or other restorative solutions.
Choice of Dental Implant Procedure Types
Different procedures are conducted for different patients based on a wide array of variables including but not limited to dental surgery required, health of the patient, bone levels, implant site location, tissue health and risk level. Dr. Yuriy May educates all his patients on the various types of dental implant procedures, specific dental implant placement recommendation for the patient and a comprehensive overview or risk involved. The four various dental implant procedures that Natural Dentistry’s dental implant specialist performs are:
- Immediate Placement
- Immediate Placement & Immediate Load
- Delayed Placement & Immediate Load
- Delayed Placement & Delayed Load
Choice of Dental Implant Materials
- Zirconia Dental Implant with Zirconia Abutment – 100% Metal Free, Allergy Free Option
- Zirconia Covered Dental Implant with Zirconia covered Abutment – Limited Metal Contact with Tissue
- Titanium Oxide Dental Implant with Zirconia covered Abutment – Preferred Metal Implant, Less Reactive, 100% Titanium, Not an Alloy
- Titanium Oxide Dental Implant with Titanium Oxide Abutment
Zirconia Dental Implant with Zirconia Abutment – 100% Metal Free, Allergy Free Option Why Zirconia Dental Implants? Zirconia dental implants are bio-inert (neutral to the body and tissues) biocompatible (integrate naturally with the body and tissues) and entirely hard and soft tissue-friendly, there are no allergic reactions and no sensitivity to temperature. Given that they have a tooth color-like appearance, zirconia implants have an aesthetic advantage over titanium implants along with the other many unique properties that make zirconia dental implants the most superior dental implants available. Good esthetic results can also be obtained with titanium implants when ceramic posts and crowns are used. However, this significantly increases the cost of treatment. Ceramic implants cause little to no inflammation, display minimal plaque retention, and in case there is slight gum recession or shrinkage, they do not reveal unsightly gray lines like titanium implants. Zirconia implants do not corrode and will not have any impact on taste in the mouth, and importantly, avoid the disturbing health effects of galvanization (electro-current disturbance) which naturally disturbs the body’s energy meridians, inter-cellular electric currents and causes or accelerates disease processes. Zirconia dental implants are the ultimate alternative for patients who are not comfortable with or are not able to tolerate metal (titanium) implants. Can any Surgeon Place Zirconia Dental Implants? Theoretically, yes. However ceramic implantology has now propelled dental implantology further into the realm of esthetic and cosmetic dentistry. Zirconia implants are one-piece or 2-piece (see picture), and their placement angle and position is extremely critical and must be precise. Unlike two-piece titanium implants errors in implant placement cannot be corrected with angled abutments (posts). Therefore any surgeon involved with these ceramic implants should have a high level of prosthetic awareness. Enhanced diagnostic tools and surgical preparation steps such as three-dimensional imaging, virtual planning, and computer generated surgical guides should always part of the implantation protocol. Zirconia Covered Dental Implant with Zirconia covered Abutment – Limited Metal Contact with Tissue Titanium Oxide Dental Implant with Zirconia covered Abutment – Preferred Metal Implant, Less Reactive, 100% Titanium, Not an Alloy Titanium Oxide Dental Implant with Titanium Oxide Abutment
Optimal Choice of Bone Graft Materials
All bone grafting materials that Dr. Yuriy May employs in the practice have been hand selected through decades of research and are by design considered the most natural, effective and of course, premium materials available on the dental market. All the below grafting material choices have infection reducing properties, along with helping blood clotting in a bone graft, thus allowing the bone graft material to hold together and develop the necessary density. Very few traditional dentists or oral maxillofacial dental surgeons use the materials Dr. May utilizes as his choice of materials require more time, effort and cost on the part of the dentist, relative to the most widely used animal or synthetic bone graft material made of either animal material (bovine or porcine) or synesthetic compounds, including various forms of PTCP (beta-tricalcium phosphate). Dr. May’s grafting material is extremely effective, beneficial and safe because it is made from patients’ very own blood thus making it 100% natural, derived from patients’ own bodily tissue. The blood is spun down into a serum with white blood cells and healing properties and used as the perfect grafting matrix regenerating dense, healthy and incredibly robust bone growth, which is the goal of a bone graft. The materials described below have been very well studied and documented for many years. Dr. May’s patients experiencing the largest bone grafts in the case of sinus lifts and large cavitation grafts typically only need a mild pain reducer such as Advil or Tylenol after undergoing the procedure if they have had a dental bone graft with any of the below materials. Dr. Yuriy May has an extremely high success rate in rebuilding and transplanting bone for dental implants and for full mouth reconstruction cases, including post-dental cavitation procedures.
- PRP = platelet rich plasma
- PRF = platelet rich fibrin <= Dr. May’s preferred method of regenerating soft tissue, bone growth
- PDGF = platelet derived growth factor
- BMP = bone morphogenic protein
Traditional Bone Grafting Materials There are currently procedures to save or preserve bone, and there are a number of conventional bone graft materials available to be used with these procedures in dentistry today, all of which are suboptimal in holistic dentistry as they use the foreign material to create a matrix to rebuild a dental patients’ oral and facial bone structure. They include: Autograft: Recipient’s Own Bone Autograft is obtaining of bone from the patient’s own body and typically is the gold standard grafting procedure available now. Concerns: Autograft has its limitations, which include potential problems such as second surgical site and patient discomfort in terms of harvesting of a graft from another part of the patients body. It’s also a painful, complex and costly procedure for the patient. Allograft: Bone from another Human Being Allograft is obtaining of bone graft materials from human cadavers. Concerns: The disadvantage of allograft is that the bone graft materials may be rejected by the recipient’s immune system. Also there is chance of disease cross transmission. Xenograft: Bone from animal, usually porcine or bovine origins Xenograft is the obtaining of bone graft materials from tissue of animal origin, which includes bovine (cow’s bone) or porcine (pig’s bone) Concerns: Similar to allograft, such bone graft materials may be rejected by the recipient’s immune system or pose concerns of potential disease transmission. Alloplast: Synthetic grafting materials Alloplast are synthetic grafting materials used for grafting. Concerns: They have limitations in terms of biocompatibility, resorption timing, local tissue reaction, and bone regeneration.
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