Infection Control In The Dental Office

Infection Control at Greenspandental

We have one autoclave running at all times for your safety. Our dental sterilization protocol is rigorous and completely sterilizes all bacteria.infection control
Cleanliness  and infection control of our office for all dental equipment is one of the most important aspects of what we do to protect you.

What is Autoclave Sterilization and infection control ?

Autoclave usage is the heart of our infection control system. An autoclave is a machine that uses high temperature and steam pressure (up to 270 F) to kill bacteria effectively. The autoclave heats items above the boiling point for a time until the equipment iinfection controls clean and free of germs.

Autoclaves are designed for safety, and due to the heavy pressure built up inside the machine , it has an auto-lock mechanism when it is turned on and unlocks when sterilization is finished. Dr. Greenspan is exceptionally diligent in proper dental office procedures to ensure your safety. Just come into our office and ask us to show you how careful we are in this matter of infection control

Every item we use is either disposable or goes through an infection protocol. We wear disposable cloaks and go through hundreds of pairs of gloves a day in the course of treating our patients

We are always donning fresh gloves , masks and wearing safety glasses.
As you can see Dr.Anderkvist and his staff go to great lengths to be certain your visit to our office is not only enjoyable, but also SAFE!

Clean and Dirty

The CDC (centers for disease control) suggests having an area for dirty and clean (not yet sterilized equipment.infection control We adhere to this and go to extreme lengths to guarantee your safety in our office.

Where items can not go through an autoclave without being destroyed we employ liquid sterilization.

 

Dental implant problems

Dental implant problems

Dental implant problems are common and you must take them into account when you are planning your treatment. Most people think that implants lasts forever. I have patients who have said to me “pull out all of my teeth and put in implants. This is a mistake as Dental implant problems can cause great suffering if you are not aware of what they are before you  start your treatment. If you are counting on the implants to support an entire mouth of teeth you had better be aware of the potential problems

 

The anatomy of an implant

Dental implants are round in cross section but teeth are not.Dental implant problems Even the widest implant is narrower than most teeth as they emerge from the gums.  If you look at the x ray you can compare the implant shape to that of the tooth to the right of it. That triangular shape means food and bacteria can hide there and that can cause an infection that if untreated can cause you to lose that implant

 

Osseointegration

The most common of the dental implant problems that is catastrophic for treatment is the lack of osseointegration. The implant should fuse with the bone. There should be a solid connection between all surfaces of the implant and the  bone. When soft tissue grows between them, the implant is not stable and will fail.

Peri-implantitis

Another of the common Dental implant problems is peri implantitis. Dental implant problems peri implantitisThis means that there is a chronic inflammation around the implant in the gums. Why is this critical? Because a chronic inflamed area creates all sorts of inflammatory chemicals to be released by the body. There can cause you to lose your implant. See the tooth one from the left and look at the swollen red gums as compared to all of the other teeth.

Guided implant surgery

Guided implant surgery

There have been great advances in dental implantology in the last number of years. One of the most important discoveries and implementation was that of combining the CAT scan, 3d xray technology, with something called guided implant surgery. Guided implant surgery allows us to place the implant virtually on a 3d image, achieving the best possibleguided implant surgery angle and location. Once we have chosen the exact location of that implant, we can create what is called a guide appliance. This retainer like device has holes milled into it at the exact location of where we previously virtually placed the implant. In addition, holes are drilled such that their angles allow us to drill precisely where we need to in order to get a perfect job done.

Another advantage of guided implant surgery is the fact that we can prevent some serious injury be pre planning the case. For example, the lower jaw has nerves running through it guided implant surgery appliancethat give sensation to the teeth and lips. This nerve is the inferior alveolar nerve. One of the biggest problems that can happen while placing lower implants, is to drill too deep and do damage to the nerve. By doing guided implant surgery using a guide appliance, we know beforehand, exactly where that nerve is and the appliance prevents us from drilling too deep in the wrong location.

Here is how it works. Once we have placed  our virtual implants, taking care to avoid any important anatomical structures like the inferior alveolar nerve, we must create a real guided implant surgerymodel of the jaw as well as a model of the appliance that we will use during surgery. Today, the use  3D printers in dentistry is beginning to be seen more and more frequently. Because the computer knows exactly where we want those implants placed, we can print out the appliance all ready to be used for implant placement.

The cost of dental implants

What is the cost of dental implants in Israel ?

cost of dental implantsTo understand the cost of dental implants, we need to understand the steps involved:

Extraction of teeth

If you need to extract a tooth that is not salvageable, then  you must take that into account. In Israel, extractions range from 350 NIS-2000 NIS depending on degree of difficulty and surgery involved.

Bone Graft

Is there enough bone to place the implant? Once we extract, we often decide to place a bone graft so as to prevent losing bone height, which normally happens after an extraction . Also, there are times that we need to raise the floor of the maxillary sinus for more bone . This is called a sinus lift. Depending on degree of complication and surgery involved this  can cost  anything from 650-5000NIS.

Dental Implants

The actual implant surgery is straightforward. There are 3 stages to the implant restoration which compromise the cost of dental implants.cost of dental implants

Implant – This is the actual implant that is in the jaw which will hold the post and crown once it heals and fuses with the bone. 3500-4500 NIS

Post – the item that is screwed onto the implant which holds the crown. It is  highly precise, and is made to exactly fit your implant. There is zero tolerance for failure or fracture and has to be of the highest quality. 1200-2200 NIS

Crown– The cap that looks like the tooth which is cemented onto the post. 3500-4500 NIS

Why is the cost of dental implants so expensive?

There are a number of  factors that make  the cost of dental implants so high. The materials themselves as well as the cost of laboratory  manufactured pieces are great factors. Also, the dentist has invested tens of thousands of shekels in equipment specifically for placing the implants and restoring them. There are often numerous A happy patient after implantsworkers who are involved in providing the service. The dentist  often invests tens of thousands of shekels in training and continuing education in order to stay on top of developments in the field. Finally, you want and dentist who is good and takes responsibility for his work. All of that comes with at a cost.

Comparing apples to apples

There are many advertisement out there that sell implant restorations for a very low price. Caveat emptor– let the buyer beware. All dental implants are not the same and all dentists are not as well. Choose one that is nice, good and has an excellent reputation for service and reliability and you will not be sorry with the result.