Dental Implants in Elmhurst and Rego Park, NY
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are today's gold standard for tooth replacement. Comprised of a titanium screw, metal abutment, or post, and lifelike porcelain crown, the single tooth implant spans smile gaps beautifully. It also supports surrounding teeth, prevents tooth drift and strengthens the jaw bone.
Effectively replacing a missing tooth from root to crown, the dental implant lasts for decade with proper oral hygiene, dental exams and professional cleanings. Plus, multiple implants can support bridgework or removable or fixed dentures.
Who Can Get a Dental Implant
Elmhurst, NY dentists Dr. B. K. Verma and Dr. Supriya Verma can determine if a person is a candidate for a dental implant. They take x-rays and other imaging to see if the individual has healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone size and density to receive the implant device. Corrective procedures such as periodontal therapy or bone augmentation may be necessary before treatment with an implant proceeds. With the decision made, the dentist takes impressions to craft the implant device.
Dental Implant Procedure
Usually, a patient requires nothing more than local anesthesia during this in-office surgery. The dentists drill a pilot hole into the jaw bone and inserts the titanium implant device. The titanium exhibits an amazing affinity for the jaw bone and melds to it through a natural process called osseointegration. Osseointegration actually increases the strength and density of the bone, a process unique to the implant procedure.
After several weeks of healing, the doctor bonds a metal post to the implant and then attaches the custom-fabricated crown. After minor adjustments for fit and bite, the implant procedure is complete.
Replace Multiple Teeth — When you have more than one tooth missing, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won't need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. It's comparable to the structure of a table, which only needs 4 legs to hold it up. In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won't slip, and should last a lifetime.
The Academy of Osseointegration, a group of dental professionals which studies and advances the dental implant process, maintains that more than 90 percent of these innovative procedures are successful and that more than 90 percent of implants stay in place for years. Additionally, patients report that their implants feel and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implant patients brush twice a day and floss daily, treating their artificial teeth just as though they were natural ones. Semi-annual exams and cleanings with Dr. B. K. Verma and Dr. Supriya Verma check condition of teeth, gums and implants.
While dental implants cannot decay, they are susceptible to a condition similar to gum disease. Peri-implantitis is an infection that develops when plaque and tartar accumulate at the implant site. Smokers are more prone to this condition.
To avoid removal of an implant due to peri-implantitis, patients should:
- practice diligent home hygiene
- get 6-month exams and cleanings
- eat a healthy diet
- quit smoking
Do you need Dental Implants or would like to learn more?
Then call Family Dental Rego Park in Rego Park and Elmhurst, NY today at (718) 699-8268
For more information or to book an appointment!