How Implants Can Save a Smile

issue1&startid=28The essence of treatment planning is to first define what issues and concerns need to be solved from both the patient’s and treating doctors’ perspectives, and then arrive at an agreed-upon plan of action – “the treatment plan”. While it is important to realize a certain amount of “treatment” is necessary to treat disease, it is just as important to accommodate the patient’s elective needs as closely as possible, especially when that involves aesthetic concerns. The following patient’s story is an excellent example of this process.


Presenting Dental Implant Treatment Plans for Patient Understanding and Acceptance

Dental Implant Treatment Plans by Pittsburgh Periodontist Mark SilbergThe following are a few thoughts on how to present the advantages of dental implant treatment plans versus crown and bridge treatment plans to patients who are missing teeth. The patients can be advised that:

Dental implants represent “additive” dentistry by replacing teeth that were lost rather than “subtractive” dentistry which involves damaging teeth severely by removing all of the tooth enamel for crowns to support a bridge. Continue Reading Presenting Dental Implant Treatment Plans for Patient Understanding and Acceptance.

Try Out Dental Implants at The Silberg Center for Dental Science!

Take Dental Implants for A Test DriveAre you ready to feel good about yourself again? Regain your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence? Once again savor the basic pleasure of food? Feel younger? Take Implants for a Test Drive at The Silberg Center for Dental Science!

Are you ready to:

  • Reconnect to feeling good about yourself?
  • Regain your ability to chew, speak and smile with confidence?
  • Once again savor the basic pleasure of food?
  • Feel younger?

Our Test Drive Program is simple:

Dr. Silberg will place your implants and your dentist will make your new denture to snap onto the implants. You will have 45 days to take your new implants and your secure new teeth for a test drive. If you are not happy with the way your new teeth perform Dr. Silberg will remove your implants and return the surgical fee. Your dentist will remove the snaps and reline your denture. What do you have to lose?

Dr. Silberg Completes LANAP Laser Evolution 5 Training

Did you know that Pittsburgh Periodontist Dr. Silberg recently completed advanced LANAP laser dental training? Only 1% of dentists in the USA are certified LANAP Laser Dentists; Dr. Mark Silberg is proud to be among this elite group. Read the press release to find out more:

Take Dental Implants For A Test Drive

A denture is like a wheelchair for your teeth. How are you getting around these days?
Dental Implants Test Drive in Pittsburgh PA
The truth about George Washington style antiquated dentures is this: They make you feel old and they don’t work. They never have. So, what do you do when the glue no longer works because so much of the jawbone has disappeared under the pressure of the lower denture? What choices do you have? Well, in as little as two months and in just a few appointments we can change your life.

When people are sentenced to life with a lower denture they lose confidence and the ability to enjoy the basic pleasures in life. Think about it for a moment: Do you worry that your teeth will slip out in public or in front of a loved one? What is it like to not be able to eat the foods you love and savor the rich flavors and textures of your favorite meals? How does it feel to not be able to smile or to have to hold your hand in front of your mouth to hide the fact that your teeth embarrass you? I can tell you firsthand that I have seen the devastating psychological, physical, and emotional damage. I have witnessed the pain that our patients endure as a result of not being able to enjoy these basic pleasures in life. I can also tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a solution – one that will change your life and allow you to regain the quality of life that you once enjoyed before you lost your teeth.

Changing your life begins with the placement of dental implants into the front part of the lower jaw. The solution is to get “Real Teeth for Life” by using dental implants to securely snap your lower teeth into place so that they are firmly attached while you speak, while you eat, and while you smile. Implants are placed on both the top and bottom jaw. Attachments that function like the snaps on a cowboy shirt are attached to the implants and to the denture. When the teeth are pressed onto the implants they “snap” into place and hold the teeth down. It is that simple, and like I said before, in as little as two months and in just a few appointments we can change your life.

There are many design options available for this technological miracle that changes lives each and every day. Two implants with snaps is the most basic and most economical design. My good friend, Dr. Lee Swearingen of Calcutta, Ohio, tells his patients, “Place just two implants and we can change the quality of your life. Place four implants and you will feel like you died and went to heaven.” If we place 5 implants you can have teeth that are permanently secured into place. With five, we can give you back the feeling that you have teenaged teeth again. We can turn back the clock.

So, what are you waiting for? Take implants for a test drive.

Understanding Gum Disease… Is It Affecting YOU?

Understanding Gum Disease… Is It Affecting YOU?

Pittsburgh Periodontist Treats Gum Disease

Periodontal disease affects over 90% of Americans each year and the reality is that you will experience some form of it over the course of your life. The only question is to what degree. The main culprit of the disease is dental bacterial plaque, the biofilm that results when bacteria concentrate at the gum line in everyone’s mouth.

Think of your mouth as an ecosystem with your own oral tissues living alongside millions of bacteria. However, without thorough brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings, this balance can tip towards the first stage of periodontal disease—gingivitis or inflammation of the gingiva (gums). Without proper treatment, gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis, that can result in teeth becoming loose and possibly lost.

Dental Implants: Your Premier Option for Tooth Replacement

Pittsburgh Periodontist Places Dental ImplantsYou can easily see what an unsightly gap a missing tooth leaves — but that’s really just the first sign of trouble ahead! Far more worrisome is the fact that tooth loss is generally followed by loss of bone in the jaw. This may lead to greater problems with the bite, and eventually, changes in facial appearance. When you need to replace a missing tooth, a dental implant is the premier option. Why?

Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. More important, they don’t decay, are relatively free from gum disease, and can last a lifetime. But perhaps the best reason for choosing implants is that they help preserve the tooth-supporting bone structure that would otherwise begin to deteriorate after a tooth has been lost.

Most dental implants consist of two parts: a screw-shaped post made of titanium metal, which sits under the gum line, and a lifelike crown, custom-fabricated to match your own teeth. The post, which is implanted in a minor surgical procedure, will actually fuse with the underlying bone in your jaw. This occurs during a healing period of a few months, after which the crown is attached. The success rate for this procedure is over 95% — the highest of any tooth-replacement option!

Experience Less Postoperative Pain with Laser-Guided Dentistry

Dr. Silberg Offers Laser Dentistry in Pittsburgh PA

The impact of laser technology has been rapidly growing since the mid-1960s when it was first introduced in the healthcare sector as a surgical tool. Using LASERS, short for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, we are now able to perform procedures on the soft tissues of the mouth with patients reporting less postoperative pain than traditional methods. The reason for this success is due to the fact that laser procedures minimize bleeding, swelling, scarring, and pain.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Pittsburgh Periodontist Using Cone Beam
Computed tomography (CT), and the three-dimensional images it provides, was developed in 1973. The technology, while primitive, was amazing to the practitioners involved. Those practitioners where at a loss of how to apply CT, and had no idea of the profound effect it would have on the surgical and medical community. It took several years of development and a new segment of the specialty of radiology, but CT has become an integral part of surgical treatment of the patients of today.

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