Dental implants are a permanent solution to restore missing teeth. They are made of a biocompatible medical grade titanium. The implant is then left to heal and integrate completely to the bone for the next few months. After this healing period, it becomes part of the bone. Once the bone is healed around the implant, a dental implant crown can be attached to the implant with the help of an abutment. Dental implant crowns look and feel identical to natural teeth.
Whether patients are missing a single tooth, or require a full smile makeover, Midtown Smiles offers a wide variety of treatment options to ensure that every patient needing dental implants gets a beautiful, individualized smile.
Single Implants – For patients missing one or few teeth in their mouth, dental implants can be placed to restore individual teeth that can feel and function just like your natural teeth.
Bridges – When a patient is missing multiple teeth, another option besides restoring each individual tooth with a single implant is to place fewer implants and connect the implant crowns with a bridge and use the two or more anchor to replace multiple teeth firmly into place.
Implants & Dentures – This option is for patients who have either no teeth or have failing and infected teeth, (and perhaps currently wear some sort of denture.) Since the temporary bridge is fixed, patients are free from their dentures on the day of surgery.
Dental implant restoration requires a wide knowledge of cosmetic dentistry and biomechanics to be able to select the best material and get predictable results that ensure a treatments long-term success and natural looking outcome.
Patients typically leave a dental implant procedure with temporary teeth in place. This is markedly different from the past when patients were asked to go without any replacement teeth until the implant has bonded with bone.
The success rate for dental implants is quite high; it’s close to 100 percent in certain areas of the mouth.
While it is difficult to say precisely how long dental implants usually last, with regular brushing and dentist visits, they will likely last as long as you do!
Dental implant procedures can be performed under local anesthesia, through sedation options are available for patients with concerns about anxiety and discomfort.
A procedure to add a single implant will usually take approximately one hour. Naturally, more implants will take longer.
Healing times may be decreasing. Up until recently, dental professionals were instructed not to begin work on a patient’s permanent prosthetic teeth until three months after the surgery for the lower jaw, and six months for the upper jaw. Today, however, we know that the healing and bonding process can go faster for some patients.
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