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Dr. Peter Schott ?

  • 28+ Years Clinical Experience
  • Lectured to Dental Residents at Lenox Hills Hospital
  • Gives Workshops on Dental Awareness and Laser Dentistry
  • Advanced Post Graduate Training in:
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Invisalign®
  • Private Practice with Dr. Harvey Schwaid in Manhattan
  • Greatest dentist and staff ever. Always the best service and care.
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  • Truly gentle dentistry, Dr. Schott is pleasant and personable, as are all the folks on his staff.
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  • It's worth my family's hour travel to get the best care. Dr. Schott and his staff are wonderful.
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Dental Implants

You've lost a tooth, or perhaps several. Chewing is difficult and smiling, well it's too embarrassing. There is no question that the quality of your life has changed. Dental implants are the solution to renewing your smile, your chewing ability and quite frankly your quality of life.

Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

Many people who consider implants have removable, conventional dentures for lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. These people experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after their dental implant treatment.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The implant team usually includes either a periodontist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who implants the posts into the patient’s mouth, and a prosthodontist or general dentist who designs and fits the replacement teeth or permanent bridge. Dr. Peter Schott will implant, design and fit the replacement teeth or do restorative work on faulty crowns all in one office.

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At the first appointment, we use an X-ray to determine if the jaw bone is adequate to hold the titanium posts.

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Models of the mouth are then made using a soft, pliable plastic compound. These models show where the gaps are located and provide measurements for a replacement tooth or a bridge.

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Treatment with dental implants requires meticulous planning for best results.

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When the permanent crown is ready (1-2 weeks normally), the temporary crowns are replaced.

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A surgical procedure is required (using local anesthetic and sedative) in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often using a surgical guide. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them to complete the process.

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Immediately – at the same time an implant is placed (or after a period of healing), an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts” or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth.

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The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place and should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

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When the permanent crown is ready (1-2 weeks normally), the temporary crowns are replaced.

Is Old Age a Problem?

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. The dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

How Will Dental Implants Affect My Life?

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our office if you are considering dental implants.

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Dr. Peter Schott

1005 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 02842
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