If you lose one or more of your permanent teeth, and you want to avoid common oral health problems such as gum disease or bone loss, you may want to consider investing in dental implants. At Advanced Dentistry of New York in Jackson Heights, Queens, and Brooklyn Heights, New York City, Frantz Backer, DDS, and the expert implant and cosmetic dentistry team regularly use dental implants to restore their patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate for this safe and effective type of restoration, make an appointment by calling the office today or booking one online.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a type of restoration that closely mimics your natural, permanent teeth. During dental implant surgery, your Advanced Dentistry of New York provider carefully places a small, metal post into the socket of each missing tooth.

Following surgery, you’re sent home for a recovery period. As your mouth heals, your bone tissue grows around the implants, fusing them to your jaw bone. Dental implants restore your smile to its near-original condition, making it easier to speak, chew, and bite more confidently. In addition, with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

In addition to restoring your smile, dental implants present an array of advantages, including:

  • Easier eating
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved speaking
  • Improved appearance
  • Durability

Dental implants also improve your oral health. They don’t rely on your surrounding teeth for support like traditional restorations, so there’s no need to file them down or damage your remaining tooth enamel.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your aesthetic goals, the team at Advanced Dentistry of New York can develop an individualized restoration plan that aligns with your unique needs.

That said, if you have healthy gums and plenty of jaw bone, you’re probably a good candidate for treatment. You should also be healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure. If you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure to share this information with your provider. Although these ailments won’t necessarily disqualify you from receiving implants, they may increase your risk of complications.

What is it like to receive dental implants?

The team at Advanced Dentistry of New York specializes in dental implants. Often, patients come in for a consultation feeling afraid or concerned about treatment. However, once the team carefully explains every aspect of the procedure, it helps alleviate their fears. In fact, following the placement of dental implants, many patients end up referring their friends and family members for the same type of treatment.

Prior to placing your implants, your dentist administers a local anesthetic that numbs your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist places a small metal post into each socket. After surgery, you’re sent home for a period of between four and six months to recover.

Several months later, after your mouth heals, you return to Advanced Dentistry of New York, and the team takes impressions of your teeth. The team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your crowns, bridges, or snap-on dentures.

Once the team receives your restorations, you return for a third and final appointment. At your third appointment, the team attaches your restoration to your implants, restoring your smile and chewing abilities.

Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from living your best, most confident life. Make a dental implant consultation appointment today by calling the office or booking one online.