Dr. Kristoff is a highly skilled Implantologist. With skills he obtained through his residency program, Dr. Kristoff is well qualified to plan your implants and restore them with the final restoration (crowns or denture). He also teaches anatomy and implant placement at the renowned Preceptorship in Dental Implantology, held annually at the UT Dental School in San Antonio.
We always recommend saving your teeth when possible. However, sometimes the investment is not worth it because the efforts will not give a good long term result. When you lose a tooth, a dental implant is the first choice for many patients to replace both the root and crown. Why? With a greater than 98% long term success rate, implants tend to stay with you for life and last longer than any other dental restoration.
Implants also do not negatively affect the teeth around them. Why again you ask? Unlike a bridge, implants do not require the preparation of the neighboring teeth next to the space.
Bridges tend to only have an 87% long term success rate because they require crowning two or more teeth. The multiple crowns of a bridge are all fused together. If only one of them gets decay or fails for any reason, the whole restoration has to be replaced. Nationally, the life expectancy of a bridge is 7-10 years. 98% v. 87% success…what would you rather invest in? It is at the 7-10 year mark that the higher initial cost of an implant starts to pay you back. In fact, considering a failed bridge may lead to additional tooth loss, the implant becomes the more economical choice when compared to a bridge. Dr. Kristoff recommends bridges in patients with excellent oral hygiene, who are not good surgical candidates for implant placement.
Planmeca CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) SCANS
We provide unparalleled Low Emission 3D Technology that allows us to digitally plan your implant supported crowns or denture. We are able to calculate bone density & volume, as well as determine nerve paths for more accurate implant placement. This information is then translated into a surgical guide, which greatly increases the safety of implant placement. Additionally, we are also able to use this technology to diagnose disease we wouldn’t otherwise be able to detect.
As patients increasingly ask for more sophisticated and immediate procedures, our advanced in-office imaging systems provide more accurate information for expanding general dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, implantology, TMJ analysis, airway assessment, and many other dental procedures.