Dental Implants Upper West Side, NYC
An option for replacement teeth to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
As one of the most respected dental practices on the Upper West Side, Manhattan Dental Arts has performed hundreds of dental implants in patients who opt to have their smiles restored.
Dental implants provide both functionality and aesthetic value to the look of a smile. Instead of having to worry about dentures slipping or missing teeth, dental implants allow you to eat and smile without hesitation.
The cosmetic dentists at Manhattan Dental Arts can help you achieve a beautiful smile that is also functional. You use your smile every day, why not have a smile that you are proud to show and that makes eating and speaking easier?
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent prosthetic teeth that are attached to a titanium post that is inserted into the patient’s jawbone. The titanium post will act as a root for the tooth and on top of the abutment will be placed a prosthetic crown that will exactly resemble a patient’s tooth. The crown will be composed of either ceramic or porcelain and can be color-matched to your teeth. When you smile, the fact that you have an implant will be hardly visible.
Dental implants became a major advancement in dentistry once a team of dentists discovered that titanium can fuse to bone in a process that was later called osseo-integration. This was discovered accidentally when they were working on the lower legs of rabbits. When they tried to remove them they discovered that they had fused. This application was then applied to dentistry.
This process was known as “osseointegration,” and it was concluded that titanium could be used to create an anchor for artificial teeth. Since then millions of patients all over the world have successfully undergone dental implant surgery and have changed the way they smile, eat, and laugh forever.
Types of Dental Implants
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
It is important to know that when a tooth is removed, the bone density across the jaw ridge decreases in the first year and the patient will lose 25% in the area where the tooth is removed. Loss of bone density in patients who are having one or multiple teeth removed is a serious issue and therefore bone loss can cause loss of definition in facial structure. It can cause patients to lose the ability to speak, chew and maintain nourishment from their food will become compromised. In the area where tooth loss has happened, missing teeth should be replaced not only for cosmetic reasons but also for the patient’s oral health and total well being.
In some cases, dental implants be placed immediately after the removal of a tooth, but normally some time will be left before an implant will be placed after the removal of a tooth.
Benefits of dental implants include:
- Improves the appearance of your smile and self-esteem.
- Are comfortable and improve conversation, well being and overall dental health.
- The closest thing to real teeth and can prevent bone loss in the jawbone.
- Brightens your smile by replacing missing teeth and gaps.
- Dental implants are better than traditional bridges that can grind down the teeth over time and damage your gums.
- Enhances the overall quality of your life and improve eating habits immediately.
- Eliminates the need for messy adhesives used to hold dentures.
- Eliminates unsightly metal clasps seeing on dental partials for partial dentures.
- With the proper care and attention will never need to be removed again.
What are the problems that can arise when teeth are removed?
When a patient is missing teeth and they are not replaced it can cause a number of problems. Initially, the underlying tooth loss will create a large space that will cause neighboring teeth to fill in the gap. This can cause teeth to become out of balance. When this process happens teeth begin to extrude out of their sockets and it is possible that you can create spaces. This can lead to periodontal disease. Dental implants are a very successful way of improving patients overall smiles as well as replacing your missing teeth with dental implants patients can retain their smile and achieve optimal dental health.
What to expect during dental implant surgery
Dental implant surgery is performed by either an oral surgeon or a periodontist. You will have an initial consultation with one of our doctors who will evaluate how much bone density you have and whether you will need bone grafting before dental implants or if there is sufficient bone mass to perform the procedure. Once it has determined that you are a possible candidate, we can schedule you for your dental implant procedure.
Initially, our dentist will surgically place a dental implant composed of a titanium post into the patient’s jawbone. This is performed by removing some of the gum tissue and exposing the bone. Sophisticated dental software is used in order to strategically place the dental implant in the space. The exposed area is then covered once the implant is placed and the process of osseo-integration takes place.
We will then schedule a follow-up appointment in 3 to 6 months after the implant has become fused with the patient’s jaw. This process is known as osseo-integration and takes place over a number of months whereby the titanium post will become fixed to the jawbone. When the patient returns to see if the process of osseo-integration has been successful, the dentist will remove some of the gum tissue in order to see if the titanium post has fused with the jaw bone. In most cases, this will have been enough time for the patient’s titanium post to fuse to the bone. In many cases, the crown can then be affixed to the titanium post known as the abutment.
How do I clean my dental implants?
You clean dental implants like you would regular teeth—brushing your teeth, flossing, and visiting your general dentist for cleanings on a regular basis. No more worrying about denture paste, special cleaning methods, or difficulties eating.
Getting Dental Implants is Easier Than You Think
Learn how Manhattan Dental Arts can replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Call us today at (212) 247-2330 for a free consultation today!