Dental ImplantsNew York, NY
Dental implants have helped many with missing teeth restore the appearance of their smiles and increase their confidence each day. No one should have to feel insecure due to imperfections in their smile caused by gaps where there are missing teeth. It is our goal to help each one of our patients achieve the smile of their dreams with the replacement of missing teeth using dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are screw-like dental posts that are placed into or on the jaw above the missing tooth. They serve as the root for the replacement tooth, which is typically either a dental crown or bridge. There are three different parts to the entire dental implant, which includes the implant itself, the abutment of the implant and the replacement tooth. Many cosmetic dentists consider them to be the best way to replace missing teeth long-term, and the benefits they offer include the following:
- Improved appearance
- A long-term solution
- Bone health preservation
- Improved mouth function
- Better overall oral health
Dental implants often last for 25 or more years with proper care, and they look, feel and function essentially the same as natural teeth. However, there is a surgical process involved in the placement of the implant, so the patient does need to be willing and able to go through the surgery successfully and be prepared for the recovery process. Alternative solutions to dental implants include removable dentures and fixed bridges. While both options have their own benefits, they are usually not as durable as implants, are often harder to care for and do not preserve bone health as well as dental implants.
When to consider dental implants
Anyone who is missing one or more of their natural teeth is encouraged to visit our cosmetic dentist office to learn about the benefits of dental implants and to determine if treatment is right for them. As mentioned previously, dental implants require a surgical procedure, so patients who are not willing or able to go through minor surgery for health-related reasons (or due to another concern) may not make ideal candidates. However, those who are in good health and want the most long-term solution to tooth loss, while also restoring the appearance of their smile and improving mouth function, make for great dental implant candidates.
Patients should keep in mind that dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, an entire section of missing teeth or even an entire row of teeth. For single tooth replacement, implants with an attached dental crown may be recommended by our team. To replace an entire section, we may recommend implant-supported bridges, or we may recommend full arch replacement if an entire row is missing or severely damaged. To find out if dental implants are right for you, reach out to our office today and schedule a time to come in for an initial consultation.
How the dental implant process works
Here at our cosmetic dentist office, we follow a certain process when treating patients through dental implant placement. Still, each patient is unique, and the treatment process is likely to look somewhat different for each individual. The first step we take with all prospective dental implant patients is to have them come in for an initial consultation. On the first visit, we can explain the process, answer any questions they have and determine if dental implants, or another form of teeth straightening, are the right solution. After the patient and our team agree to move forward, there may be certain preparations necessary before the surgery, such as bone grafting or treatment for periodontal disease.
Once the mouth is properly prepared, a day and time is scheduled for the placement of the implant, which involves an incision into the gums and placement of the implant into or on the jawbone while the patient is under sedation. It will likely take several weeks for the bone and implant to properly fuse together and become stable enough to support the abutment and artificial tooth. Once this occurs, however, a second procedure is scheduled for the placement of the crown or bridge to complete the restoration.
How to care for dental implants
To ensure dental implants last for decades before they need to be repaired or replaced, it is essential to properly care for them. For the most part, proper care for dental implants is the same as caring for natural teeth, and it is essential to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash daily. It is important to check for any signs of oral health complications often as well. By practicing good oral hygiene, the gums are more likely to remain healthy and the enamel on existing teeth strong. This, in turn, will help preserve the implant. It is also important to make it into all scheduled check-up visits with your cosmetic dentist to ensure dental implants remain strong and in good condition.
There is a fair amount of discomfort that typically exists after the placement of implants, and patients are encouraged to eat soft foods and brush gently for the first few weeks following the procedure. Following any other instructions is also important for a successful implantation. When you choose us for dental implants, you will receive answers to all of your questions, and we believe in helping patients before, during and after the procedure itself.
Consult with us
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can help you achieve greater confidence and a more attractive smile, then reach out to us via phone or email today to schedule an initial consultation. We can discuss dental implants and other viable teeth replacement options with you and help you make an informed decision as to which treatment option is right for you. If you decide to move forward with the procedure, our friendly, attentive staff will guide you through the entire process with care.
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