Dr. David Weinstein has specialized in Periodontics and the placement of dental implants for over 20 years. He received his doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a general practice residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was then awarded a certificate to specialize in the practice of Periodontics from Columbia University. In addition, he is a former Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Implant Dentistry at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, where he supervised and instructed the graduate students on Bone Augmentation and Dental Implant Surgery.
Dr. Weinstein lectures both locally and nationally on topics related to both periodontics and dental implants. His quarterly newsletter contains up-to-date news and information regarding periodontics and dental implants.
He is a concerned and caring periodontist who loves his work, and whose patients say they enjoy pain-free treatment. His philosophy of practice includes non-surgical as well as surgical regimens.
Dr. Weinstein and Dr. Melnick are bringing a new era of implant technology to NYC. Ceramic implants, made of zirconia instead of titanium, have many benefits over traditional titanium implants. Dr. Weinstein has travelled to Germany and Spain to learn advanced techniques and protocols from the manufacturers of ceramic implant systems such as Z-System®, Ceraroot®, Zeramex®, SDS Swiss Dental Solutions®, Straumann® and Nobelbiocare®. He is also a proud member of the International Academy of Oral Implantology and has placed hundreds of ceramic implants in the last two years.
There are no other clinicians in NYC with the knowledge and experience in the treatment planning and placement of ceramic implants. Although not every patient is suited for ceramic implants, most patients are a good candidates. One of our doctors will evaluate your needs and provide you with the best implant options for replacing your missing teeth.
Advantages Of Ceramic Implants
Ceramic implants offer better aesthetics than traditional metal implants. Metal implants are silver or metal in color. Typically, the crown that sits on top of the implant hides the metal coloring. However, if gums are thin and translucent, the silver color may show through, usually near the gum line. Recent studies demonstrate that gum cells have a better affinity for ceramic implants than metal implants. We often see firm pink gum surrounding ceramic implants and the healing response is typically faster than titanium implants. Ceramic implants are shaped to mimic the roots of teeth and are often better at preventing “black triangles or food catches” between crowns and implants
METAL SENSITIVITY AND ALLERGIES
Both ceramic and titanium implants are biocompatible and will safely integrate with bone and tissue in the body. However, a very small percentage of patients are particularly sensitive or allergic to metals. Since zirconia implants are hypoallergenic, they may be a great alternative for those with metal sensitivities. Though uncommon, metal allergies and sensitivity can develop over time. Zirconia implants will not cause this type of allergy. Many patients also choose ceramic implants as a biological, “metal free alternative” solution for their missing teeth.
SINGLE PIECE DESIGN
All types of ceramic implants have been developed to resist fracture and osseointegrate (bond to the bone). Advances in ceramic implant design have allowed manufactures such as Zeramex® and Nobelbiocare® to create a two-piece design that contains no metal components. Straumann® also produces a two-piece implant that contains a metal abutment screw which is not in contact with the tissue. Ceraroot® is a one stage implant that has the abutment “built in” which ultimately provides support for the crown. Most clinicians would agree that a one stage implant has no micro gap and no micromovements thereby providing the best possible foundation for a new crown. A two-piece ceramic implant allows for greater customization in crown design due to variations in bone and tissue anatomy. Dr Weinstein is extremely knowledgeable regarding the various implant systems.