A cone beam CT scan, which helps restorative dentists place dental implants at the proper angle. Dental implants are among the most exciting of modern dental restorative treatments. In development for more than 30 years, dentists have worked out the science of implant placement with great predictability. Today, over 95 percent of dental implants are successful, if placed by a properly trained and skilled practitioner. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are placed surgically into a small opening made in the jaw bone. Dr. Wilkoff places dental implants at our Northeast Philadelphia offices using in-depth analysis for precise placement. After a period of healing, the patient's own bone cells grow into and around and finally "integrate" with the implant body. The titanium implant becomes "locked" into the jaw bone and can then be restored easily.

Dr. Wilkoff has been restoring implants for 15 years and has been honored with a prestigious Fellowship in the International College of Oral Implantologists (FICOI).

Implants are considered to preserve the natural bone because they maintain the stability of the surrounding bone. As soon as any tooth is removed, there is a loss of functional (chewing) forces around that bone segment. The surrounding bone cells are signaled to begin resorbing adjacent bone, making it thinner and weaker. When the dental function is gone, the body tries to use the bone minerals from that dental area, for use elsewhere in the body.

A view of dental implant placement software which analyzes the full jaw and denotes a plan of action for surgical placement. Placement of dental implants maintains the forces in that area and the bone remains strong and healthy. If Dr. Wilkoff finds too little bone for a well-placed implant, a bone graft may be indicated. Bone grafts are a proven way to replace shallow bone and create a dense, strong section of new bone to support the future placement implant in that area.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of modern implantology is the use of computerized Cone-Beam CT (CBCT) scans to improve the safety and success of this treatment. The location of nerves and important anatomical structures should be mapped out prior to the placement of an implant. A CBCT scan allows a well-trained dentist to know exactly where these structures are located. With the CBCT scan, Dr. Wilkoff creates a surgical guide, which is referenced during placement. This guide denotes a precise placement plan for each implant so it provides stability and is secure within the jaw.

If you are considering dental implants to restore one or more of your missing teeth, we strongly encourage you to visit our Northeast Philadelphia office for a consultation. We can discuss your options and evaluate your candidacy for dental implants in an informative, friendly setting.