Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants offer tooth loss patients the unique opportunity to restore permanent, beautiful teeth as if the loss has never happened. With a titanium post and a custom abutment designed in the shape of a natural tooth, a dental implant rejuvenates your smile and enables you to speak, smile and eat as you always had!
If you have suffered edentulism (tooth loss) and find yourself asking “Are dental implants right for me?”, Glassman Dental Care’s own implant specialist, Dr. Benjamin Jacobs, is here to put your mind at ease. To help you get started, we have compiled a guide answering questions that we frequently hear from our patients.
Why do people choose dental implants?
With so many tooth replacement options available today, many patients wonder why they should choose one over another. The top 5 reasons why dental implants are the tooth restoration of choice include:
- Authenticity – With Titanium’s unique ability to naturally fuse with living bone, the artificial tooth roots feel and function 100% natural. Furthermore, the upper portion of the tooth is fabricated for you and you alone, seamlessly resembling any remaining natural teeth and restoring your smile’s natural beauty.
- Preservation of natural teeth – When a tooth is lost, surrounding teeth begin to shift into the empty space to compensate for the loss. This elevates the risk of decay and additional tooth loss. With a dental implant, your natural teeth remain healthy and in their appropriate position.
- Conservation of the jaw bone – Without support and stimulation from natural tooth roots, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate and cause serious discomfort. Dental implants offer your jaw bone the support that it needs to remain strong.
- Preservation of youthful appearance – A common aesthetic complaint from tooth loss patients is sunken cheeks and thin lips, making them look old beyond their years. Dental implants help maintain your facial structure, helping you look young for years to come.
- Support for bridges and dentures – If you have previously chosen a removable tooth restoration and now regret the decision, you now have the option to permanently secure it with 4 or fewer implants!
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Most likely, yes. Dental implants are specially designed to reverse the effects of tooth loss in an adult non-smoker whose teeth have been affected by trauma, oral health problems or other systemic diseases. Two key prerequisites for implant placement include having sufficient jaw bone and healthy gums to sustain an implant.
When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Jacobs will perform a complete evaluation of your dental health to determine your individual candidacy for the procedure.
What is the process for getting a dental implant?
Once the Glassman Dental Care team has devised your fully customized treatment plan, the creation and placement of dental implants will proceed as follows:
- A titanium post designed to serve as a synthetic tooth root will be surgically placed into the jaw bone by a qualified implant surgeon.
- To complete the process, a replacement tooth (usually a dental crown) is then fixed to the synthetic root.
- The titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root is surgically implanted into the jawbone.
- As you heal after surgery, the implant will undergo a process called osseointegration, i.e., a strong, long-lasting fusion with the bone. Depending on the specifics of your case, this healing process can range from weeks to months, while you proceed with your regular daily activities.
- Once osseointegration is complete, a connecting piece called an abutment is secured onto the visible portion of the implant to hold the replacement tooth in place.
- A dental crown is secured onto the abutment and the process is complete.
What happens if I don’t have enough jaw bone to hold the implants?
Bone grafting is a very popular and well-documented approach for augmenting deficient bone volumes. You should be aware, however, that there are other surgical approaches that involve tilted implants that dramatically reduce the need for grafting. There are other alternatives to consider if you have been told that bone grafting was required. Use of the tilted implant approach has dramatically reduced the number of patients requiring grafting of any kind. Remarkably, the vast majority of these patients with “limited bone” still meet the surgical requirements for sufficient implant stability in order to receive their teeth on the same day.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth. Furthermore, our team works with world renowned implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo to offer patients the revolutionary “All-on-4” dental implants. With this unique solution, sufferers of rampant or complete tooth loss can walk out of our office with a full set of perfect teeth after a single surgery.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Not at all! Implant placement surgery is performed under a local anesthetic, which means that you should feel no pain – especially if your gums are healthy.
Some patients experience temporary pain, swelling and difficulty speaking immediately after surgery. However, any post-operative discomfort can be easily resolved with over-the-counter pain medications and ice. If you experience any prolonged discomfort, contact our office as soon as possible.
What are the risks involved in dental implants?
Every surgical procedure has its own set of risks, and dental implants are no different. Potential risk facts greatly depend upon your dental and overall health condition, ranging from infection and implant failure to sinus problems and surrounding tooth damage. However, when you elect to work with us on your tooth restoration, you can count on our implant specialists’ unmatched expertise to anticipate potential complications and minimize them as much as possible.
How do I care for dental implants?
Artificially implanted teeth require the same care as natural teeth: brushing and flossing at least twice per day and visiting us for regular checkups and professional cleanings. While dental implants are immune to tooth decay, your gum tissue remains at risk of infection with improper oral hygiene.
Once your placement process is complete, one of our doctors will advise you on the ideal frequency of your checkups and cleanings.
How much do dental implants cost?
The initial costs of dental implants are significantly higher than those of less permanent restorations, but the investment more than pays off in the long term. Where tooth loss was once a permanent, debilitating condition, it has now become completely reversible with dental implants.
Rest assured that Dr. Jacobs or Glassman will provide you with a detailed cost analysis at your initial consultation.
Want to learn more about dental implants?
- What are Dental Implants?
- New York Tooth Restoration
- Bone Grafting
- All on 4 Dental Implants New York
To experience the difference of restoring your smile with dental implants in NYC, we encourage you to call or email our Manhattan dental practice today. Dr. Jacobs and the entire Glassman Dental Care team looks forward to guiding you on a smooth, successful journey towards reversing tooth loss!
Request an Appointment with your New York City Dental Implant Dentist today!
Glassman Dental Care
160 West End Ave, #1R,
New York, NY 10023