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You've seen the ads for obtaining a new tooth in one day with a dental implant. Those aren't exaggerated claims — you can leave the dental office the same day with a new tooth that looks and functions like the old one.

But the dramatic marketing aside, there is a bit more to the story. Same day tooth replacement isn't appropriate in every situation. And even when it is, there are risks for failure.

We can minimize those risks, however, by focusing on certain goals during the three distinct phases in the process: removing the natural tooth; placing the metal implant into the jawbone; and affixing the visible, crown.

It's crucial during tooth extraction that we avoid damaging the socket bone that will ultimately support the implant's titanium post. If the socket walls break down it could set up future gum recession or cause us to abort the implant procedure altogether that day.

When placing the implant, we want to focus on achieving a strong hold. Due to its special affinity with titanium, bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the post to firmly anchor the implant in time. But since we're immediately loading a crown rather than allowing the bone to fully integrate first, we need to ensure the implant has a secure hold from the get-go. We can only achieve this with precise placement based on careful examination and planning, as well as adequate bone.

Even so, the implant still needs to integrate with the bone for a lasting hold, and that takes time. Even with normal biting forces the implant risks damage during this integration period. That's why we place a temporary crown a little shorter than the surrounding teeth. Those adjacent teeth will take the brunt of the biting force and not the implant.

Once the bone has fully integrated, we'll replace the temporary crown with a permanent one the proper height proportional to the other teeth. Even with the temporary crown, though, you'll still have a life-like tooth the day we removed the older one.

The key to success is planning — first determining if you meet the criteria for a same-day implant and then mapping out and carefully executing each succeeding step. Doing this will ensure your same-day implant is a success from day one.

If you would like more information on same-day tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Have extractions created smile gaps which mar your oral function and personal appearance? Have you considered how your facial structure actually deteriorates due to tooth loss? If so, why not ask your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, about dental implants, the best tooth replacement option available today? He'll be happy to give you the details.

Dental implants are amazing

That's no exaggeration. Dental implants behave, look and even feel just like natural teeth. A single-tooth implant has three basic parts:

  • A titanium screw or cylinder inserted into the jaw bone by your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist
  • An abutment post made of a durable metal alloy
  • A custom-fabricated porcelain crown which shows above the gums, normalizing chewing and smile appearance

Dental implants may support fixed, multi-tooth bridgework, and full dentures, too, with a process called All-on-4 (specifically, four titanium implants).

Implants strengthen your jaw and more

How do dental implants from your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist do that? The secret lies in a bonding process called osseointegration.

Through this natural phenomenon, human bone adheres to the titanium screw forming a nearly inseparable bond. And, once the surgical site has healed, that bond continues to improve as biting and chewing exert pressure on the implant.

Other tooth replacement options, such as conventional bridges and dentures which set on top of the gums, cannot improve jaw bone quality. So, if you're eligible for the treatment, your implant(s) will deliver:

  • Excellent oral function
  • Clear speech
  • Youthful facial contours and healthy bone and gum tissue
  • Dental aesthetics which are completely realistic

The implant treatment

Dr. Machiko evaluates his implant patients with a complete oral examination, review of medical history and three-dimensional scans. Good overall health is essential to implant success as is sufficient bone in your jaw to anchor your new teeth.

If you qualify, Dr. Machiko performs the entire oral surgery and implant restoration right in the office. The implant placement takes about an hour, and healing/osseointegration takes several weeks. When that's complete, you'll return to the office so your dentist can uncover the implant and bond on the abutment and porcelain crown. All-on-4 dentures proceed on a similar schedule.

Caring for dental implants

Expect your implants to last for the rest of your life, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. To prolong their life, it is important to:

  • Brush and floss as your dentist and hygiene instruct to keep implant sites clean and healthy
  • Get six-month cleanings and check-ups at the office
  • Stop smoking because tobacco usage harms implant sites and may cause implant failure

Learn more

Have a complete smile once again with state-of-the-art dental implants from Dr. Gary Machiko. Contact his friendly office team in Pittsburgh, PA, to arrange your personal consultation with this award-winning dentist. Phone (724) 719-2866.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Are you currently dealing with the effects of tooth loss? If so, then you need to learn about dental implants! Here at our office in Pittsburgh, PA, your dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, has seen and treated it all—with two degrees, one in dentistry and one in mechanical engineering, he offers his patient's the advantage of precise measurement and placement of dental implants. Read on to learn what this amazing restorative treatment can do for you!

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a metal post that is placed into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Often made from titanium, this artificial tooth root can support one or more false teeth.

How does an implant work?

As we mentioned above, an implant is often made from titanium, not only because of its durability, but also because of its biocompatibility (a term that means the body won’t reject the implant when it’s placed in the jaw). As the jawbone grows around the implant, it will permanently lock the restoration down to prevent it from moving. As a result, you will now have a long-lasting tooth replacement that rarely, if ever, needs to be replaced.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

Most adults who are otherwise healthy but dealing with tooth loss can often benefit from receiving dental implants. However, you will first need to visit our Pittsburgh restorative dentist for a consultation so that we can examine your mouth and determine whether implants are right for you.

How long will it take to get a dental implant?

This will depend on several factors including how quickly your mouth heals from surgery. It will take at least 3 months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. While it is possible to get a dental implant in as little as 6 months, it’s normal for the entire process to take a year to complete.

How long does an implant last?

One major reason why so many people are turning to implants to replace their missing teeth is because the treatment has the ability to last for several decades. While the crown may need to be replaced every decade or so, the implant itself will never need to be replaced as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and know how to properly maintain your artificial tooth.

Interested? Give us a call!

If you are interested in getting dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out if implants are right for you. Call us today at (724) 719-2866!

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Wondering if dental implants are right for you? Learn more about this tooth replacement option.

When dealing with tooth loss the sooner you can turn to our Pittsburgh implant dentist Dr. Gary Machiko for treatment the better for the Dental-implanthealth of your smile. After all, untreated tooth loss can lead to long-term complications such as bone loss and shifting teeth. One way to prevent these issues is with dental implants. Luckily, Dr. Machiko is dual degreed and both his dental degree and his mechanical engineering degree, which gives his patients the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants. Curious to know more about dental implants? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is truly the closest you can come to having a real tooth again. If you are missing one, several or even all of your teeth then dental implants could help you get your smile back. Despite the fact that an implant looks like a small metal post, it is an artificial tooth root that our Pittsburgh aesthetic dentist will place into the jawbone to provide a long-term foundation from which to support a dental crown or even multiple false teeth.

Does getting a dental implant hurt?

Despite the fact that patients will have to undergo surgery in order to get a dental implant, the procedure is minimally invasive and performed right here in our office under local anesthesia and sedation. Most patients don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure; however, it is not uncommon to experience some swelling and discomfort after the anesthesia has worn off. Our dentist can prescribe a pain reliever to reduce pain and swelling that you may experience during the healing process.

How long do dental implants last?

One of the biggest advantages to getting dental implants is that it is durable and resilient enough to last several decades. This means that depending on when you got your implant it could end up lasting the rest of your lifetime. Of course, this also means maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping your implant healthy so that it can last as long as possible.

What makes someone a good candidate for implants?

Most adults who are healthy and maintain good oral hygiene are ideal candidates for dental implants. It doesn’t matter whether you need to replace one, several or even an entire row of teeth; dental implants can help you. Before determining whether implants are right for you, our dentist will need to examine your teeth and gums and run X-rays to make sure that your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support an implant.

Do you have questions about getting dental implants in Pittsburgh, PA? Ready to find out if you are the perfect candidate for this artificial tooth? No matter where you are in the decision-making process turn to our dental practice today to get the treatment and care you’re looking for.

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
March 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 69 percent of adult Americans between the ages of 35 to implants44 have at least one missing tooth, and that figure grows with age. Those who seek a replacement option often default to denture devices, but dental implants are another viable solution to consider. When it comes to dental implantation surgery, you’re in very capable hands when you visit the office of Dr. Gary Machiko in Pittsburgh, PA. Find out more about this tooth-replacement procedure and decide if it’s the right choice for you.

About Dental Implants
When a foreign object is placed into the body so that it can serve some functional purpose, it is called an implant. Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into the jaw to help improve your chewing function and to fill in unappealing smile gaps. Healthy bone tissue surrounds the implant and anchors it to the jaw. When it sets and heals, a process which can take several months, it is ready for a crown restoration.

Rebuilding Your Smile
After tooth loss, dental implants can rebuild your smile giving it more stability and keeping your gums healthy. The implant makes use of the remaining bone tissue in your jaw—without it, the bone will diminish in density and absorb into the body. So in addition to restoring the cosmetic and functional appeal of your smile, having an implant installed by your Pittsburgh, PA, dentist can also help maintain your jawline and facial structure.

More Dental Implant Benefits
The number of dental implantation surgeries performed are growing steadily each year according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Explore a few reasons why many patients prefer to have their smiles rebuilt using dental implants:

- You won’t have to remove your implant to clean it.
- Implants will last for 10 or more years when you have good hygiene habits.
- You can have a partial or full denture device fit with implants if you have more than one missing tooth.

Have Your Implants Installed by Dr. Machiko
When you visit Dr. Gary Machiko for dental implants, you can count on getting the best possible result. He has a dual degree in dentistry and mechanical engineering, which means his patients have the advantage of precise measurement and placement of their dental implants. Call (724) 719-2866 today to schedule an appointment at his Pittsburgh, PA, office.