Even though they require a lengthy surgical placement process, replacing missing teeth with dental implants have a remarkable 98% success rate. At 286 Madison Dental in Midtown, Manhattan, the dental team places dental implants in your jaw to hold your replacement teeth in place, often for a lifetime. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, call the New York City office or book an appointment online at 286 Madison Dental today.
Dental implants are screw-like devices your dentist embeds into the bone of your jaw. The placement location in your jaw is where a gap left by a missing tooth is in order to hold in a sturdy new artificial tooth or crown, bridge, or denture.
Each implant is made of biocompatible titanium, so it has a high chance of integrating with your bone seamlessly and without complications. By design, the titanium screw acts as a tooth root to anchor your tooth (or teeth) replacement.
The dental implant process involves several visits to 286 Madison Dental and consists of two main phases:
The surgical phase includes the surgical procedure that your dentist uses to place the implant in your jawbone.
While you’re comfortably under anesthesia, your dentist makes an incision across your gum line to access the underlying jawbone. If there is any remainder of your original tooth, they remove it at this time.
They may add a bone graft or do a sinus lift to reinforce the structure of your bone. If you need a bone graft, you have to wait two to six months before the placement of the implant. If not, your dentist can place it right away.
Once your implant fuses with your jawbone, the restorative phase begins. Your dentist attaches a piece called the abutment to the implant.
They take a mold of the abutment in order to create, for example, a custom crown. The crown should look and feel just like a regular tooth once placed.
Implants are the most durable and long-lasting option for tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, you can’t remove them at will. Instead, they may last a lifetime. Your dentist removes only the restoration from the top of them if it breaks or accumulates wear-and-tear.
Compared to bridges, implants have the advantage because you don’t need to cut down or damage surrounding teeth that are still perfectly healthy. The implant anchors itself in place and doesn’t rely on your other teeth.
To learn more about dental implants and find out if they’re an appropriate choice for you, call 286 Madison Dental or book a consultation online today.