A dental implant is a tooth root shaped titanium device implanted in the position of where the root of a tooth used to be. If a patient has a tooth that is in such a bad condition it needs to be removed, it can be replaced with a dental implant. The dental implant replaces just the root of the tooth. The portion of the tooth that is present in the mouth; referred to as the crown of the tooth, can be easily fabricated on top of the tooth implant. Unlike natural teeth, fabricating crowns on dental implants requires no drilling. Measurements can be made using impression materials which will allow a dental lab to fabricate a crown fro the patient. Below you can see the tooth implant is the picture on the left. After measurements are made ; using jello like impression materials and no needles or drilling, the lab fabricates an abutment. An abutment is the tooth equivalent of a post that screws into the dental implant and provides a foundation to hold a final crown.
Affordable Dental Implants in Brooklyn
Are you searching for Dental Implants in the Greenpoint / Brooklyn area? You have come to the right place. We have been working with dental implants since 1989. We use only Nobel Biocare Implants which are regarded by dentists as the finest quality implants on the market today
We use dental implants to replace missing teeth in the most conservative manner in situations when choosing a dental implant is the best option for a particular patient. We also use dental implants to retain dentures and to reduce the size of the denture appliances. People who were uncomfortable with their dentures and had difficulties eating normally have regained form and function of their natural dentition. For people who had no chance for regaining their ability to eat and speak normally, dental implants have been a life altering investment.
Dental Implant Grafting
We may use dental implant grafting to preserve or to enhance the bone necessary to retain a dental implant. We have different choices for the materials used and we can tailor the materials used to the situation . The illustration below indicates what happens when bone grafting is not used to preserve the bone and gum tissues subsequent to the extraction of a natural tooth.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved Appearance – Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, and because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved Speech – With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Improved Comfort – Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier Eating – Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved Self-esteem – Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved Oral Health – Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability – Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Removable – dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Multiple dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth. A dental implant is not required for each missing tooth. A pair of implants can support more than just a crown on each one but can support additional missing teeth. The number of missing teeth that can be supported by two implants will be determined by a number of factors that we will discuss with you during your dental implant consultation.
For patients missing all their teeth ; and struggling with dentures, there are several options available to you to get back most of the function that you had with your natural teeth. Replacing twelve to fourteen teeth ; in the upper and lower jaws, if done with twenty four to twenty eight crowns would make your mouth feel the most like your original teeth. However, it will require many tooth implants to support all those crowns. A less involved approach is to place several dental implants and have a smaller denture made that will snap on and off the implants. This has the advantage of restoring form and function while allowing a patient to remove and easily clean their mouth. It also will reduce the expenses involved in making the new teeth as well as reducing maintenance costs in the future.