The advantage to seeing a prosthodontist lies in the manner in which they are trained. While a general dentist has a basic level of training in all aspects of dentistry, a prosthdontist’s advanced training after dental school focuses on how to comprehensively diagnosis oral health problems and create treatment plans that repair or replace missing teeth to their aesthetic and functional ideal. Prosthodontist’s use their training in dental implant surgical placement, implant prosthetics, dentures, and implant crowns to execute these treatment plans. A prosthodontist is often thought of as the “quarterback” of the treatment plan, working collaboratively with general dentists and other specialists to provide patient-specific solutions to dental and oral health problems.
Finally, prosthodontists are uniquely qualified to control all phases of dental implant therapy, working with patients from the initial planning, through surgical placement, and finally to fabricating long lasting, natural looking tooth replacements. Drs. Mangini and Mangini will be working with you through every step of your treatment to ensure a successful result.
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. There are commonly three parts to what is described as an “implant” – the dental implant itself, which is inserted into the jawbone and serves as the “root” of the tooth; the abutment – the component that connects the dental implant to the third part – the overlying tooth or teeth, that you see in your mouth.
The dental implants placed at Atlas Dental Specialists are made of a titanium alloy, a metal that is biocompatible and offers strength and durability as well as the unique property of fusing directly to bone – the process known as osseointegration. These same materials have been used for decades for hip, shoulder, and knee implants.
While many dentists surgically place dental implants, certain dental specialists have advanced training in dental implants. Oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists all receive formalized advanced training in dental implant surgeries. However, only prosthodontists have advanced formalized training in both implant surgeries and implant restorations. Both Drs. Nicholas and Mara Mangini are Prosthodontists that were trained at the University of Pittsburgh following their completion of dental school. They are highly capable of managing and executing all aspects of dental implant therapy.
At Atlas Dental Specialists, we are able to offer dental implants to patients presenting with failing teeth, a missing tooth or teeth, or even patients looking to provide better stability to an existing denture. Dr. Mangini has even been able to help patients who have been previously told dental implants were not possible. While some patients may require procedures to supplement the amount of natural bone to support a dental implant, there are very few instances where dental implants are not possible.
If you are wondering why more patients are becoming interested in this innovative technology, here are the top benefits of dental implants:
Drs. Nicholas and Mara Mangini are able to offer a number of different solutions utilizing dental implants:
Single Tooth Replacement
Full Arch Restoration
Teeth in a Day is a treatment protocol offered at Atlas Dental Specialists that allows for the placement of dental implants into your mouth paired with delivery of a full set of teeth on the same day. This set of teeth is a temporary set to be worn and used while your jawbone heals and the permanent set of teeth is made. This protocol involves the following:
The cost of a dental implant is often dictated largely by your insurance carrier. This can vary greatly from one policy to another. Costs also differ between a single implant, multiple implants, and the number of teeth we are replacing. Atlas Dental Specialists offers a number of financing options that can make any dental implant treatment affordable. Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more!