I am a prosthodontist who is also trained in implant surgery. This allows me to perform all aspects of the procedure, eliminating a lot of the typical down time. In the case of a full reconstruction, I am able to give patients their provisional restorations and place the implants in the same day. The entire procedure can be done in my office from start-to-finish, whereas in other cases patients would normally have to travel to different dentist’s offices for different phases of the procedure. This saves my patients time and money.
Some of my patients travel far distances to receive dental implants. In these situations, I require patients to stay in NY for a couple of days following the procedure just to make sure that everything is okay before they travel back home.
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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a device that is implanted into the jaw bone, to which a dentist can connect a fixed (permanent) tooth, a bridge, or a removable denture. Implants come in many sizes and configurations to adapt to different areas in the mouth, different bone quality and quantity, and different types of dental restorations. Typically an implant looks like a screw that is inserted into the bone.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are made of a titanium alloy which is inert to the human body. The body produces special bone glue that adheres to the surface of the implant. This process is called osseointegration. Once an implant is osseointegrated (glued to the bone), teeth, dentures and other dental devices can be attached to it.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
Implants are just right. There is no other way that is time-tested and proven to work as well as dental restorations that are attached to dental implants.
Dental implants allow us to replace ONLY the missing teeth, neither grinding them down, nor connecting them for a bridge. If the teeth on each side of the missing tooth are untouched, it is best to leave them in their natural state. If the teeth to the sides of the missing tooth, already have, or require restorations such as crowns, it is also best to leave them as single, un-attached teeth. Leaving teeth "not-connected" allows us to floss and clean them better. It also allows the teeth to maintain their natural ability to move microscopically and flex without burden.
For dentures, dental implants are still a perfect choice. They allow us to anchor the dentures to the jaw bone and provide a stable, non-movable denture. Even partial dentures are better anchored to implants for support. Eliminating the ugly metal clasps around the remaining teeth alleviates the stress on the few remaining teeth, which can contribute to their eventual loss.
In short, dental implants allow us to replace missing teeth with comfort and confidence without damaging the remaining natural teeth.
Do dental implants hurt?
There is not much preparation required for most procedures. For properly trained dentists, placing an implant is routine and in many cases is less time consuming and easier than a large tooth filling.
Risks for dental implants are minor with proper planning, but in rare cases, infections or minor discomfort or pain can occur. This can be treated with medication.
For cases of three implants or less, recovery is quick and most people go back to work the same day or the next day. For larger cases I recommend taking a day to recover and make sure that all is OK. Upkeep for a dental implant is the same as any routine oral hygiene procedure.
How long does it take to heal?
Gum heals in two weeks, how ever, bone heals in two months. Most implants integrate within 2 to 6 months. However, at times, depending on appropriate circumstances, an implant, or implants can be placed and restored right away.
How long do dental implants last?
Implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, longevity depends on many factors such as patient genetics, type of restoration, dental home care and professional, in office, care. In short, with proper care dental implants are the longest lasting dental restorations available today to replace teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
Costs vary depending on the type of work needed, the type of restoration used to connect to the implant, and the level of training of the person performing the work. Dental implants are expensive, but they are sure worth it.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants have come a long way since the original commercially pure titanium implants of the early eighties. Titanium is a metal that is inert to the body and bone attaches itself to it by special body glue that it secretes around it. However, the early implants were also softer and breakage of implants under load was common. As science advanced, we have found that a titanium alloy, which incorporates other ingredients, and is treated on its surface, allows bone to attach itself to it faster, and the bond is stronger. Today, the strongest implants are made of a Titanium/Zirconium alloy. We can place thinner implants in reduced bone volume, where we could not place implants before, and the implants are considerably stronger and allow us to fabricate much more durable restorations. At the same time, the Titanium/Zirconium alloy is inert and does not produce any adverse reactions within the human body.
Lately, several implant manufacturers have introduced ceramic implants to the market with promising results, however, long term studies are still needed to evaluate their efficacy and durability and ease of us.
In short, dental implants are made from titanium alloys and allow us to replace missing teeth with comfort and confidence.
Are there alternatives to dental implants?
To replace a single or a couple of teeth, the other option is typically a fixed bridge. It requires the reshaping, cutting down, of the adjacent teeth and the result is not as long lasting since the cut down teeth are subject to decay and fracture.
If one is missing more than three teeth, the only other option is a removable denture, partial or complete.
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Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan P.C.
New York, NY 10022