Eric C. Weiss, D.M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), a Fellow of the American College of Dentists (ACD), A Fellow of The International College of Dentists (ICD), a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and has been practicing periodontics and implant dentistry since 1992. He received both his B.A. & D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a residency in periodontics at Temple University. Dr. Weiss is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. He is also an attending periodontist at Newark Beth Israel and St. Barnabas Medical Centers. He practices in Livingston, NJ.
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the upper or lower jaw to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is often done via Computer Guided Surgery and is 100% biocompatible (the same material as hip and knee replacements). A periodontist places the implants, and the patient’s dentist restores the implant (attaches the teeth).
Dental Implants can be an option for those who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth for various reasons such as; periodontal disease or an injury.
There are three parts to a dental implant. The implant itself is a titanium screw or anchor that fuses to the patients bone after a period of healing (typically 2 to 4 months). An abutment which attaches the tooth or teeth to the implant. Usually, the periodontist places a temporary abutment, and the restoring dentist places the final abutment. And finally, the replacement tooth or teeth which are either screwed or cemented to the abutments.
Ceramic Dental Implants
Holistic Dentistry is on the rise due to an increase in our population suffering from allergies, metal hypersensitivities and compromised immune systems.
Over the years, research has linked periodontal disease with multiple medical issues. We know oral bacteria can travel to other parts of our bodies in the bloodstream, which puts patients at further risk for Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Diabetes and even Cancer.
Today, we’re finding more and more patients being proactive with regards to their overall health and well-being. We understand getting dental implants can be an overwhelming experience for our patients, especially those concerned with putting anything foreign in their bodies. It’s important to know the makeup of dental implants and the alternatives that exist in the dental industry today.