Procedures for Dental Implants
Do you want to replace your missing tooth or teeth immediately?
Are you tired of wearing a loose fitting and uncomfortable denture?
Is daily cleaning under your bridge inconvenient?
Ask yourself, what is a dental implant? Smile, speak, and eat comfortably after having a procedure for dental implants done!
Consider procedures for dental implants. Smile, speak and eat comfortably!
Procedures for dental implants give you a second chance at having permanent fully functional teeth and enjoying life to its fullest. They are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Patients regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their lip contours will be preserved or restored.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These posts heal into the jawbone and act as solid anchors to which esthetic artificial teeth can be securely and permanently attached. Moreover, bone loss in areas of missing teeth can affect your facial contours. The procedure for dental implants involves anchoring a post into your jawbone to prevent this bone loss and to maintain a youthful facial appearance.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the procedure for dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums and gradually bond with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is fabricating new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the patient returns to our office for a brief 5 minute procedure. Your oral surgeon will uncover the implant and attach a small post which will anchor your new and esthetic artificial tooth. The entire treatment period usually takes four to eight months. Procedures for dental implants will restore function and the esthetic appearance of your smile. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Dental implants offer patients a long-term tooth replacement option that restores the appearance and function of natural teeth. We want our implant patients to be well informed about their options and the implant procedures before they decide whether this tooth replacement choice is right for them. Below, Dr. Cohen provide answers to some of the most common questions about dental implants.
- What are the main benefits of dental implants?
- Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?
- I’ve been told I don’t have enough bone for dental implants. Is there anything you can do?
- What are dental implants made of?
- How long does the implant dentistry procedure take?
- Do I have to go without my dentures during my treatment?
- How much does the procedure for dental implants cost?
- Does insurance cover this procedure?
- Is financing available for dental implants?
Procedures for dental implants offer patients who are missing teeth a stable, reliable, and realistic replacement option. Patients who receive dental implants can smile with confidence and eat their favorite foods without worry. More importantly, dental implants halt the bone loss associated with missing teeth and wearing removable dentures.
Almost anyone who is missing a tooth or multiple teeth is a good candidate for implant dentistry. You must have a sufficient amount of healthy bone in the jaw to support the implant. As with many types of medical procedures, certain health concerns will prohibit people from receiving dental implants. Please schedule an implant dentistry consultation at our practice to determine whether you are a good candidate for procedures for dental implants.
Yes. In most cases, even severe bone loss can be helped by a dental bone grafting. This simple in-office procedure ensures that there is enough healthy bone for the successful integration of the implant post into the jaw, creating a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Gradual bone loss is common among denture wearers, and many experience difficulty stabilizing their lower denture over time, which can lead to chewing, speaking, eating, and even digestion problems. But with modern bone grafting techniques, we can often return the jaw to normal function and place implants to stabilize a denture.
Dental implant posts are made from titanium, a metal that is also used for joint replacements. Since titanium is biocompatible, the jaw bone grows around the dental implant post, ensuring a firm and stable foundation for a replacement tooth.
The length of the procedure for dental implants varies based on the type of treatment required. In most cases, a two-to-four month healing period is needed to allow the jaw bone to integrate with the implant post. However, we are sometimes able to deliver fully functioning replacement teeth in a single office visit.
No. It is possible to wear your dentures immediately after the procedure for dental implants is completed, depending on your treatment.
The cost of dental implants is based on several factors:
- The amount of bone present
- The number of dental implants required
- The type of replacement tooth or prosthesis chosen
Coverage for procedures for dental implants in New York varies depending on the insurance company and type of coverage. Some medical and dental insurance plans do cover part of the cost for dental implant treatment. At Park Avenue Oral & Facial Surgery, P.C., we are very familiar with insurance coverage issues regarding dental implant treatment.
Yes! We offer third party financing options. Interest free and long-term financing is available to help you achieve the full benefits of dental implant treatment.
Patient is unhappy with a bridge that spans the entire upper jaw. The patient is missing most of her teeth on the upper jaw and only six teeth are holding the bridge within her mouth.
- Uneven heights of the upper teeth
- The black lines or spaces at the margins of each crown
- The appearance of the teeth which look like “chicklets”.
Extensive bone grafting of the upper jaw and dental implant rehabilitation was performed. Note the esthetic shape of the teeth and the even gingival line.
Patient has a discolored left lateral incisor tooth due to trauma.
A picture that shows the crown which was cemented on the dental implant.
For more information about dental implants, procedures for dental implants, or bone grafting for dental implants, please feel free to contact us at (212) 988-6725 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen.