Missing one or more teeth can impact more than just your smile; it can also increase your risk of developing serious oral health problems like gum disease, jawbone loss, bite misalignment, and tooth decay. Whether you’re missing one permanent tooth or several, the top-rated team of cosmetic dentists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City can help — they offer a comprehensive menu of restoration services, including long-lasting dental implants. Call their Upper East Side office today or schedule an appointment online anytime.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from biocompatible titanium. Much like a real tooth root, these custom-fitted restorations are attached, or surgically anchored, to your jaw.
After an implant has bonded to the bone and the surrounding tissues have healed, the restoration is completed with a custom-crafted crown. Multiple simultaneous implants may be fitted with a custom-crafted bridge or a full-arch replacement (overdenture), depending on how many teeth are being replaced.
They’re also strong, stable, and durable — with proper care, most implants and their crowning restorations can last for life.
Successful implantation surgery requires two things: adequate bone structure and healthy gums. If you’re in good health, you don’t have advanced gum disease, and your jawbone is both strong enough and deep enough to support an implant, you should be able to receive implants without any additional surgical procedures.
If your gums are healthy but your jawbone isn’t deep enough to support an implant, you may still be able to receive them following a surgical bone graft or sinus lift surgery.
To ensure your jawbone has sufficient mass and quality for the procedure, you must undergo a 3D cone beam CT scan. By creating multiple high-definition 3D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bones, this special type of X-ray reveals important details about your jaw.
Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia. If you’re replacing a weak, damaged, or decayed tooth that needs to be extracted first, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed starts by gently removing the tooth.
Once the area is prepped for implantation, they surgically anchor the titanium root into your jaw. If you’re healthy and have strong, high-quality bone structure, you may be able to receive your restorative crown or replacement teeth within the same visit.
If your jawbone or gum tissues require more healing time, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed secures your gum over the implant so it has ample time to fuse with your jawbone. Depending on your overall health and your body’s individual rate of healing, this integration process may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Once the implant is fully fused to your bone and your tissues have healed, you return to the office to receive your custom-made crown, bridge, or overdenture.
To learn more about dental implants, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.