Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) September 13, 2013
Dr. Keith Chertok now offers All-on-4 implant supported dentures to patients who may not have the jaw bone density to support traditional dental implants. The All-on-4 procedure requires just enough bone support for four implants, and can be placed faster than traditional implant methods.
Patients who have seen obvious decreases in bone density, which are inevitable once teeth are lost, may be better candidates for All-on-4 than they are for other permanent tooth replacements. Of course, patients should consult with Dr. Chertok to find out what their recommended tooth replacement options are.
The All-on-4 procedure involves two major steps. First, Dr. Chertok places the four implants wherever patients have the most bone density remaining and attaches a temporary set of teeth to the implants. This set is created based off of the denture the patient currently uses. Then, after three or four months, the patient returns so that Dr. Chertok can remove the temporary teeth and attach permanent ones. This gap allows the implants to fuse into the jaw bone. This fusion, incidentally, is how implants prevent loss of jaw bone density.
Normally, the root of a tooth stimulates the jaw bone, signaling that it should continue growing. When the teeth and the stimulation are lost, the jaw bone stops maintaining itself and begins shrinking. This resorption can occur quickly, causing visible changes in a person's facial structure in less than a year. However, Berkeley patients who receive dental implants from Dr. Chertok provide the jaw bone with the stimulation it needs, so resorption stops.
Patients who have lost teeth can benefit from seeking dental care from Dr. Chertok sooner rather than later, since over time bone loss will only continue, reducing reasonable options for tooth replacement. Patients can learn more or set up an appointment by visiting Dr. Chertok's website or calling his office today.
About the Doctor
Keith Chertok, DDS is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for Berkeley, CA gum disease patients. Dr. Chertok graduated in the top five percent of his class from the New York University College of Dentistry and was elected to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He received the Quintessence Award for excellence in Periodontics and went on to complete a Hospital Residency program at the New York VA hospital. Dr. Chertok arrived in California to study Periodontics and Implantology at UCSF. He taught at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF dental school and continues to teach education courses to dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Chertok is the attending periodontist in charge of periodontal education for the dental residents at the Veterans Hospital Healthcare System of Northern California at Mare Island. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Keith Chertok and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com and call 510-423-0748.