Modern dentistry offers a great way to correct the problem of missing teeth: dental implants. Implants are tiny titanium posts placed into the jawbone to provide a foundation for replacement teeth. Used instead of conventional dental crowns and dentures, dental implant technology can help preserve jawbone strength while offering greater comfort and a more natural-looking smile. Our dentists are highly trained in the planning and placement of dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Considered the gold standard replacement method for missing teeth, dental implants are state-of-the-art appliances that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth with natural-looking results. Dental implants can be applied individually (one per tooth), or they can be used to support a bridge or partial denture.
Implants are tiny titanium posts placed into the jawbone to provide a foundation for replacement teeth. Used instead of dentures, dental implant technology can help preserve jawbone strength while offering greater comfort and a more natural-looking smile. Our dentists are highly trained in the planning and placement of dental implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
The potential advantages of selecting dental implants to replace a missing tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth are many. They include:
- Preservation of the density, strength, and volume of the jawbone
- Ease of care; simply brush and floss as usual
- Permanent, natural-looking, and durable results
- Greater confidence in your smile
- No dietary restrictions; no slipping, messy, or ill-fitting dentures
What is the dental implant procedure like?
Every dental implant treatment plan is customized to suit the needs and goals of the patient. Our Brooklyn dentists take the time to discuss each step and to help you understand all aspects of the process during the initial consultation. We are a patient-focused practice that believes individuals who are well-informed and involved in their dental experience have better results and are ultimately more satisfied with the outcome. While your plan will have personalized elements, the dental implant process as a whole usually has four steps:
- The precise location of each implant is planned to provide optimal results.
- The implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone.
- Over a period of time, the jawbone should heal around the implant to hold it firmly in place.
- A customized dental crown, designed with the right size, shape, and color to blend in with other teeth, is placed on the implant.
It’s important to note that while dental implants can be an excellent option for many people, this approach is not right for everyone. Our dentists can evaluate your oral structures and medical history to determine if dental implants are an ideal option for you. In the event implants are not right for you, our dentists can review with you other options that may be available. Your comfort, safety, and outcome are our highest priorities, and we want you to feel confident in your treatment plan before beginning.
How much do dental implants cost?
One of the many factors people take into consideration when making dental decisions is cost. While that should not be the only, nor the most essential part of your choice, in most cases it will play a role. It’s important to remember that dental implants are a lifetime investment in a beautiful smile. While some alternatives may be more inexpensive upfront, the cost of replacing or repairing the work over time often ends up costing more than simply choosing the implants initially. Dental implants also offer natural-looking results, durability, comfort, and ease of maintenance. Additionally, they can help to preserve the health and strength of your oral structures. The price of dental implants will depend on the details of your treatment plan, including the complexity of your case and the number of implants needed. These appliances can range from $1,000 to $4,000 per implant, and our skilled dentists will review with you what fees go into his estimate. We want you to become well-informed and feel confident about this process, and we are happy to take the time to discuss your options, answer questions, and address any concerns.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Many people choose dental implants since they improve both the form and the function of the oral structures. If you have the following characteristics, you may be a good candidate for this procedure:
- One or more missing teeth
- Sufficient jawbone structure and density
- Reasonably healthy gum tissue (if you have gum disease or other oral concerns, we can often help restore your periodontal health prior to your procedure)
- No serious medical conditions that would affect post-operative healing
- Not under current cancer treatment
These considerations describe the ideal patient, but even if you don’t fit every category, there may be options for you. We can discuss the best approach for your unique needs and goals during your initial evaluation.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to restore a missing tooth or teeth for life. However, it’s essential to keep up excellent oral health habits to ensure that your implants remain in good shape as long as you need them. One of the many benefits of implants is that they require no special maintenance. You brush and floss them daily as you would your natural teeth. Regular checkups with the dentist are also recommended. Staying in contact with your dentist can provide the care you need to enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
What are the alternatives to dental implants?
If, for personal or medical reasons, dental implants are not right for you, there are other options to consider. A dental bridge can be used to repair one or more missing teeth in a row. Traditional full and partial dentures are other popular options, although some people find that these can become uncomfortable over time as they may slip or rub against the gums. If cost is a major concern, implant dentures could be a more affordable solution for certain individuals.
What are implant dentures?
Implant dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, All-on-4™, or Teeth in a Day, depending on the dental practice, offers another solution for missing teeth. This approach uses four dental implants to support a full arch (upper teeth or lower teeth, or both). This type of denture provides the same comfortable, secure fit and natural-looking results as a full set of dental implants but with a reduced cost. We will go over this option during your appointment if desired.
Contact North Brooklyn Dental Care to discover whether dental implants can replace your missing teeth, overcome existing denture problems, and provide comfort and confidence when eating, speaking, and smiling.