There is always room for improvement in dentistry. Dr. White is committed to learning new concepts. Through his own arduous research, several patents now afford more accuracy from impression dentistry.
Dr. White has published an article in Dentistry Today defining a feature of dental anatomy that is not found anywhere in the literature. In short, it describes curvature of upper teeth, a curvature that does not match the lower arch. This is why individuals feel that their “bite is off”.
Fortunately, Dr. White has received advanced training and has placed many implants right in office. A referral to a specialist is not usually the case. Since first placements of implants were started in 2007, Dr. White enjoys a very confident success rate, over 97%.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, Dr. White attaches the replacement crown onto the implant. This permanent solution has the advantage over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support. Most of the implants placed by Dr. White are a product of Biomet, 3i. Biomet has been producing dental implants since 1987. Astra Tech is a newer family of implants used by Dr. White. Astra Tech promises a system offering better bone retention.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. The biggest single advantage of placing implants is that future bone loss is avoided.
Our Cranbury office also offers mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. Mini implants are used also to replace very small individual teeth. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be immediately used. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants.