Complete Your Smile

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

For the best in implant dentistry, see Dr. Gary Machiko. What is implant dentistry? It's both the art and science which precisely replace dental implantsmissing teeth with the leading edge in dental prosthetics. Whether you need a small, single-tooth gap filled or require a new arch of teeth on the top or bottom, dental implants from this highly-skilled Pittsburgh dentist are the way to go. You can have a complete, beautiful, and functional smile.

What is a dental implant?

From roots to crown, a dental implant is a complete replacement tooth with three distinct parts:

  1. A titanium metal cylinder or screw surgically inserted into the jaw
  2. A metal alloy abutment, or post, which extends above the gum line
  3. A realistic, custom-made porcelain crown

Because it resides in the jaw, an implant possesses superior stability. Unlike conventional bridges or dentures, dental implants actually exercise and improve the health and strength of the jaw, avoiding bone recession and compromised facial appearance. They do it through a miraculous process called osseointegration, creating rock-solid artificial teeth that can last up to 50 years or more, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.

Because Dr. Machiko is a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral implantology and because of his added credentials as a mechanical engineer, his implant placements are precise and reliable. Whether he places one or multiple implants, the patient is assured of a pain-free and highly successful experience.

Qualifying for and receiving implants

In his Pittsburgh office, Dr. Machiko examines and X-rays his prospective implant patients. An older teen or adult must possess adequate jaw bone density to receive the titanium cylinder and to have it integrate to the jaw. If bone grafting is needed to augment the jaw, Dr. Machiko can do that, ensuring the implant will have sufficient supportive structure.

If all is well, the implant procedure itself takes just one visit. A local anesthetic is all that is required as the dentist creates an access hole in the jaw, inserts the implant device, and sutures the area closed. Over the ensuing weeks, osseointegration happens, preparing the site for eventual enhancement with the abutment and porcelain crown.

Regarding larger smile gaps or full denture placement, Dr. Machiko specializes in "teeth in a day." He can extract teeth, insert implants, and place temporary prosthetics in one day. Implant-supported dentures are called "All-On-4" because the dentist uses four titanium implant devices to support a full denture--either upper or lower.

Benefits of dental implants

To sum up, dental implants are versatile, long-lasting, and super-stable. They avoid the destructive effects of tooth loss by building up the jaw bone and allowing patients natural oral function and appearance.

Additionally, once implants are fully integrated, they require simple twice daily brushing and flossing--just like natural teeth. Your six-month visits with Dr. Machiko are important as well.

Why wait?

Don't struggle with tooth loss and smile gaps. Explore the best in modern tooth replacements--dental implants from Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh. Call his office today for a consultation: (724) 719-2866.