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While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.
Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.
But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.
These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.
Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.
These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
How your dentists in the Upper East Side, NY, can give you a fantastic smile
If nature gave you a great smile, you are lucky. If nature didn’t provide you with the smile you deserve, you can rejuvenate your smile. The answer is cosmetic dentistry! Today’s cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you an outstanding smile. The dentists at Upper East Smiles in Upper East Side, NY, can help you achieve your best smile.
There are several procedures to choose from to rejuvenate your smile. Whether you have chips, cracks, yellowing, staining, or just an aging, dull smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed just for you and your smile. Consider:
Professional teeth whitening to brighten up a yellowed, stained smile. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter, and your beautiful results can last up to 5 years! Treatment is quick too; the in-office procedure takes only about an hour. Professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness, so you know they will be gentle and work very well.
Tooth-colored fillings to fix damaged teeth. Tooth-colored fillings use composite, a liquid resin which can be color-matched to your tooth enamel, so your new fillings will blend perfectly with your smile. The composite can be sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth, and then the material is hardened with a special ultraviolet light. Your new fillings will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dental implants to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are completely stable because they are fully embedded in bone. They look just like natural teeth, and you care for them like natural teeth too, by brushing and flossing. They become a permanent part of your smile.
Porcelain veneers if you want a dramatic, beautiful smile. Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They cover cracks, fracture lines, staining, discolorations and many other unsightly aesthetic issues. They are the ultimate way to give you a celebrity-perfect smile quickly and easily.
To find out more about whitening, tooth-colored fillings, implants, veneers, and other cosmetic procedures, call the dentists at Upper East Smiles in Upper East Side, NY. Rejuvenate your smile by calling today!
Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.
Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?
Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).
Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.
Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.
With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”
Are you trying to decide whether dental implants are the best tooth loss treatment for you?
We know that choosing the right restoration to replace one or more missing teeth is a big deal. Each option comes with its own list of pros (and sometimes cons, too) and it can sometimes be confusing which option is best. Luckily, our team of dentists in Upper East Side, NY, is here to help make the decision easier. If you’ve been considering getting dental implants, discover the many benefits you’ll enjoy with this restoration.
Second Only to Real Teeth
We know that the first thing on most of our patients’ minds is that they want to replace their missing tooth with a restoration that is as close to the real thing as possible. While dental bridges and dentures have certainly come a long way to resemble real teeth, they don’t function quite the same way; however, implants do. Implants are designed to replace tooth roots so they don’t just look like real teeth but they also function like them, too.
Durable and Strong
Implants are definitely one of the strongest restorations you can get. After all, the implant itself is made from titanium, an extremely strong and hardy metal. The implant is then placed into the jawbone where it fuses together with natural bone and tissue to become a permanent foundation. Once the implant fuses together with the jawbone it could end up lasting you the rest of your life.
Restore Chewing and Speaking
Nothing is worse than discovering that eating some of your favorite foods are now a major challenge because of tooth loss or that you now have an embarrassing speech impediment. While dentures can move around in your mouth and make it difficult to fully restore speaking or chewing, dental implants stay firmly in place so you can comfortably and confidently nosh on all the foods you love or converse with those around you without having to think twice about implants.
Protect Your Jawbone
When people lose one or more teeth the first thing they think about probably isn’t the health of their jawbone, but it should be. After all, if you don’t treat tooth loss the jawbone will begin to deteriorate, as well. Once the jawbone begins to deteriorate your facial structure will also change. Your chin will get shorter and your cheeks will start to look more sunken. This can also lead to premature wrinkles and lines. If our Upper East Side restorative dentist places an implant not long after you have lost your tooth then we can prevent bone deterioration and also preserve your facial structure.
If a dental implant sounds like the treatment you’ve been looking for to finally say goodbye to those gaps in your smile then it’s time you called Upper East Smiles in New York, NY. We want to give you back the smile you’ve always wanted.
You've seen ads for “Teeth in One Day” that promise immediate implant placement at the same time you have the problem tooth removed. But this presumes the gums and underlying bone are healthy and able to support and protect the implant. If that's not the case, it may be ill-advised to place an implant on the same day.
Even with immediate placement, there will be a small degree of bone and gum opening or space around the implant after it's placed into the socket. This can often be remedied by placing a bone graft and sometimes a gum graft when we install the implant. It's also possible for natural healing to gradually fill in the space, but we'll need to monitor the site carefully for several weeks.
On the other hand, if we detect significant bone loss (or strongly suspect it will occur), immediate placement may not be an option — there's not enough bone or it's too weak to support an implant. In this case, it's necessary to wait on placement and focus on improving the bone health and quantity, beginning when we remove the old tooth and place a bone graft.
After completing the extraction, we typically place a bone graft in the empty socket. The graft will become a “scaffold” for new bone cells to grow upon. We may then allow about two to four months for new bone to partially replenish the area and then place the implant. The bone will continue to regenerate as it grows and attaches to the titanium implant to create a solid attachment.
If the site, however, still appears fragile even after partial bone growth, we may opt to wait another two to four months before attempting placement. From a long-term perspective, this is the best scenario for ensuring a durable foundation for the implant. It also allows for a socket severely compromised by disease to heal more thoroughly.
To determine which of these placement scenarios is best for you, we'll first need to conduct a thorough dental examination. From there we'll be in a better position to discuss the right implant timeline for your situation. Our main goal is to ensure we can securely place your implant in just the right position to achieve the most successful and attractive result.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”