What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw fixture placed almost painlessly into the jaw bone at the site of a missing tooth. It takes approximately 6 weeks for the implant to integrate into the bone. After the implant integrates and the site has healed, we permanently affix an abutment to the implant supporting a custom-made ceramic tooth that mimics the size, color, and the shape of your original tooth.
What is the dental implant procedure? How is a dental Implant placed?
We begin with a consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. If we decide together that implants are right for you, we will take a series of radiographic images and scans to plan the angulation and the placement of the titanium implant. We then set up a second appointment, during which time we will install the implant using local anesthesia and a minimally invasive approach. Depending on the situation, sometimes we will place a temporary crown over the implant, and sometimes the site is left alone to heal. After the implant has properly fused with the bone (usually within 6-12 weeks), we schedule another appointment to complete the procedure by placing the permanent abutment and crown over the titanium implant.
What is recovery like after a dental implant procedure?
It varies from patient to patient. The majority of patients report minimal discomfort. Most patients continue their daily routine after the procedure and are free to go back to work the following day. A smaller percentage of patients report slight discomfort and a little swelling after the procedure. We can manage the pain with over-the-counter medications and salt rinses.
How long do dental Implants last?
It largely depends on how you care for them. With proper diet and tooth care, your implants may last for many years. Research has shown that implants have 90% chance of lasting more than ten years.
Is a dental implant as good as the original tooth?
No, but it’s close. Dental implants may have their own set of issues and setbacks much like anything else. That’s why we should do all we can to preserve and maintain the teeth that nature has given us.
Is it possible to make an implant look like a real tooth?
Yes! As a cosmetic dentist, my dentistry mimics nature, which means that with the right techniques, photography and a great ceramist, we can match the porcelain to look just like the neighboring teeth. If we are replacing multiple teeth, a new smile design approach is implemented.
For more information and answers to questions dental implants, call our office at 212-882-1102, or book your preliminary appointment online.