If you are missing teeth, it can take a toll on your self-confidence. Even more than that, it can severely limit your overall quality of life. Even one missing tooth can have a negative impact on your bite. Without replacement, it can ultimately compromise your oral health as well. Dental implants offer the most predictable, longest-lasting teeth replacement option in dentistry today. At National Dental Upper East Side, we can place and restore implants, often during the same appointment. Whether you are missing a single tooth or a full arch, we can help you restore your smile and your confidence.
Exploring Dental Implants
You have undoubtedly heard of dental implants. But exactly what are they, and how do they work? Made from surgical-grade titanium, dental implants are threaded posts that are designed to replace the teeth roots. This procedure is revolutionary, as traditional replacement methods only replaced the crowns of the missing teeth. Dental implants are systematically placed into the jawbone during a surgical procedure, after which they must fuse to the bone tissue during a process known as osseointegration.
When teeth roots are present, they actively stimulate the nerves in the jaw, keeping the bone healthy and dense. However, when teeth are lost, the jawbone lacks this stimulation, and as a result, begins to atrophy. Because dental implants mimic natural teeth roots, they preserve jaw structure and help prevent bone degradation.
Dental Implant Treatment
When you arrive to our office the day of your surgery, you will be taken to a comfortable treatment room where our team will prepare for the procedure. After administering local anesthesia, your doctor will make tiny access holes in the gums. Next, specialized drills will be used to prepare the bone for your new implants. Once the sites are ready, the implants will be carefully placed, and the gum tissue will be closed with stitches.
Typical implant placement requires approximately three to six months of healing before the final restorations can be connected. During this time, you will be provided with temporary restorations. When the jawbone has fully integrated with the implants, the temporary restorations will be removed, abutments (posts) will be attached, and the final restorations will be connected. However, in many cases, patients will be able to receive their implants and their final restorations on the same day, due to advances in dental technology.
Advanced Technology and Same Day Implants
Digital diagnostic technology allows us to perform dental implant treatment with greater precision and accuracy than ever before. After your initial consultation, our team can plan your treatment in its entirety using our innovative i-CAT scanner. This means that your prosthodontist in Manhattan will not only be able to find the optimal location for your implants, he or she will also be able to begin fabricating your final restoration, long before the first incision is ever made. Therefore, when you arrive for your dental implant surgery, your final teeth will already be fabricated. Once your surgery is complete, the abutments and restorations will be connected. Consequently, while you will still visit us for occasional follow-up appointments, you will not need to undergo any further treatment, making the entire process streamlined and comfortable.
Contact Your Experienced Prosthodontist in Manhattan
If you are missing teeth, replacement could be a lot easier than you think with dental implants in Manhattan. To schedule an appointment at National Dental Upper East Side, call us at (646) 736-2206 or contact us online anytime.