Manhattan Dental Implants - Rudolf Morgan, DMD
New York Implant Dentistry
Single Tooth Replacement | Multiple Teeth Missing | Full Arch Replacement
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, bone fuses with the dental implant and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why are dental implants preferred?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
Improved appearance: When a tooth is extracted the jawbone usually shrinks, which can make the face look older. An implant gives support that maintains the shape of the bone. The dental implant is stable and behaves like your own tooth.
Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
A Permanent solution: A dental implant is stable and comfortable.
How will dental implants affect my life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
What are the steps involved?
To place a dental implant the doctor will first make an incision into the gums, and prepare the site in the jawbone for the implant. The implant is screwed into the bone. After placement, it typically takes around three months for the bone to integrate with the implant. After surgery, patients can receive temporary crowns to maintain the appearance and function of their teeth during this integration period.
Once the implant has fused and healed, an extension/abutment will be placed onto the new dental implant. An impression of the abutment will then be sent to the lab to create the patients’ dental restoration, which will be placed at the next visit.
Are dental implants successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over millions patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for dental implants, and even higher for the bridges they support.
Who places the dental implants?
Dental implants can be placed by specialists such as periodontists and prosthodontists, or by properly trained general dentists. Extensive specialized training is required to perform proper diagnosis and placement of dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. They are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Dental implant surgery usually does not take more than an hour visit to the dentist.
Is the treatment painful?
No, the surgery is done under an adequate amount of local anesthesia so patients do not feel any pain during the procedure.
How will I feel after the treatment?
Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any post-operative discomfort that may occur. You should expect to be able to work the next day or even return to work following the procedure.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist every six months for routine checkups, or more frequently if so advised.
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