You have options
If you are missing teeth, or have failing / non restorable teeth that will require extraction, there are several restorative options that may be appropriate to restore your smile both esthetically and functionally.
Dr. Ciuffreda has been recognized as an “America’s Best Dentist” and “Monmouth Health & Life Top Dentist” for Implant Dentistry.
Dental implant restoration is one of the most exciting and rewarding treatment options available. Implants may be used to restore a single tooth, several teeth, or even the entire mouth. Treatment plans can include fixed or removable alternatives. Working in conjunction with a surgical specialist, Dr. Ciuffreda has the ability to provide you with a restorative option having the highest long-term success rate available today for a missing or failing tooth or teeth.
Implants have many benefits:
- The restorative phase of implants is almost always entirely painless.
- They do not require the drilling of adjacent teeth (as would be needed for a bridge)
- The implant acts as an “artificial root” and actually helps preserve bone in the formerly toothless site. Without forces acting on the jaw bone, through either a tooth or implant, the bone in that area can actually resorb, or deteriorate. This deterioration of bone can sometimes lead to cosmetic or functional issues.
- Because an implant consists of titanium, gold and porcelain, there is no organic component to decay – in other words you can never get a cavity (decay) on an implant.
- The long term success rate of implants has been reported as high as 98%.
- Implants are “biomimetic” compared to a bridge. In other words biologically speaking, we naturally have individual teeth, not teeth joined together.
After a tooth has been extracted (in the case of a single tooth restoration), a dental surgical specialist will carefully place a titanium implant into the bone of the jaw. Approximately 3-4 months following successful integration of the implant with the surrounding bone, Dr. Ciuffreda will begin the restorative phase – which is almost always entirely painless, normally does not even require an injection to get numb, and does not require any drilling!
The first restorative visit involves unscrewing a cover screw and taking some impressions. (It’s no wonder patients are so relaxed having implants restored…). At a subsequent visit, the cover screw is again simply removed, and the implant abutment (or “post”) is tried in. Dr. Ciuffreda always reviews an x-ray of the placed abutment to ensure that it is perfectly seated. The abutment and crown are then delivered either entirely screw retained or a combination of screw retained abutment and a cemented crown.
Dr. Ciuffreda has had wonderful success with implant cases, ranging from a single tooth to complete upper and lower full mouth implant restorations / reconstructions.
Dr. Ciuffreda has been recognized as an “America’s Top Dentist” and “NJ Top Dentist” for General Dentistry and an “America’s Best Dentist” for Family Dentistry.
Bridges are one treatment option for the restoration of missing teeth (or failing teeth that require extraction) and are comprised of multiple crowns joined together. Teeth on either side of the space are prepared (reduced) which serve as the anchoring points for the restoration. As with single crowns, bridges are most often fabricated of either special all-porcelain materials (such as zirconia) or porcelain fused over high gold content metal (PFM).
All-porcelain bridges typically provide the best cosmetic result as they allow for a degree of translucency as with natural tooth structure, and also eliminate the possibility of the “dark line” effect at the gum line that may sometimes occur with PFM bridges. . Dr. Ciuffreda reviews an x-ray of all bridges prior to final placement and cementation to ensure that they are perfectly fitting and provide the best possible seal to the underlying tooth structure. Bridges provide an esthetically pleasing, strong and functional solution to restore spaces due to tooth loss.
Full & Partial Dentures
Dr. Ciuffreda is a recipient of the Arthur N. Caplin Award for Removable Prosthodontics.
Whenever advisable, Dr. Ciuffreda definitely prefers fixed (that is, non-removable) treatment options such as crowns, bridges and fixed implant restorations because of the superior chewing ability that they provide. However, there are instances where partial or full dentures are indicated clinically, such as if there is inadequate bone for a surgeon to place implants or too few remaining good support teeth for a bridge. Additionally, full or partial dentures may provide a less expensive financial alternative, or they may be used as an interim (temporary / transitional) restoration as part of your overall case.