Restore Health and Beauty to Your Smile
Whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch, implant dentistry is typically the best solution for tooth replacement. Implants also provide a welcome alternative for patients who may be facing the loss of a badly damaged tooth.
Dental implants are custom-made to blend in with your smile. They are also the only treatment alternative that improves the health of your smile by promoting jawbone growth and keeping your remaining teeth firmly in place.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
For many patients, the choices for tooth replacement come down to dental implants versus dental bridges. Bridges are initially faster and less expensive than implants, based on their lower immediate cost and fast treatment time. But the longevity and health advantages of dental implants give them a significant advantage over dental bridges in the long run.
Dental implants are unique among tooth restorations because they are the only treatment that replaces the missing tooth’s root structure in addition to providing a visible crown. Your surrounding jawbone bonds with the titanium implant, creating a stable platform for your dental implant. In comparison, a dental bridge has no physical connection to your jaw.
When you lose a tooth, the bone around the empty socket begins to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. But the root-like dental implant fixture preserves the integrity of your jawbone by stimulating bone growth every time you chew.
Dental implants fuse with your jawbone, ensuring that the implant is secure and there will be no further loss of bone tissue. Unfortunately, dental bridges do nothing to preserve your jawbone, which will continue to erode.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime when given the proper care. But bridges frequently need to be replaced and the average life expectancy of a dental bridge is about 10 years.
Dental bridges are secured by cementing them to healthy teeth. This involves eliminating healthy tooth structure and it can also irritate your gums, increasing your chances of contracting gum disease.
The Dental Implant Advantage
Dental implants offer patients a remarkably lifelike and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement. They also reduce the risk of further tooth loss by improving your oral health. Plus, dental implants are able to withstand healthy chewing forces, limiting the amount of excess force that biological teeth must absorb.
We encourage patients who are choosing between dental implants and a dental bridge to schedule a consultation with our Manhattan office to learn more about implants. Contact our office today to set up your appointment.
Replace One or More Teeth With Dental Implants
If there were a gold standard in dentistry, the honor would be awarded to the dental implant. Since implants first began to gain widespread acclaim more than 30 years ago, they have achieved unprecedented success both clinically and commercially.
Restore One or Both Arches Fast
Whole-Arch Replacement With All-on-4® or Overdentures
Dr. Gottesman offers tooth replacement alternatives that are more in line with what nature intended. That is why we provide a full set of prosthetic teeth that is firmly anchored to your jaw for enhanced stability and chewing power.
We feature two implant-secured options for full-arch restoration — All-on-4 and overdentures. All-on-4 uses just four strategically placed implants to provide you with a firm-fitting set of natural-looking prosthetic teeth.
With overdentures, we secure your existing dentures with implants, so they will never slide around or come out again.
Patients who have lost a tooth or a whole arch rarely want to wait for weeks while a replacement appliance is designed. That is why Dr. Gottesman of Manhattan can use a technique that reduces your wait time to just one hour.
Extraction Socket Grafting
For Safe & Effective Tooth Removal
Significant bone loss occurs when a tooth is extracted. At the time of the extraction, a portion of the surrounding bone may be removed along with your tooth. Additional bone loss occurs in the months and years following an extraction, as the bone may continue to resorb (deteriorate) in the absence of the tooth’s natural roots.
Socket Grafting/Ridge Preservation
To minimize bone loss, Dr. Gottesman will take great care to protect your surrounding bone during the initial extraction. Removing the tooth with meticulous precision allows us to preserve the ridge of bone that will support your future implant.
If you suffer from jawbone deterioration, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure to prepare for implant placement. This will ensure adequate support and long-lasting results for your implant restoration.
Ridge augmentation is used to counteract receding bone and gum tissues.This procedure rebuilds your gumline and jaw, preparing your mouth for implants.
Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions
How do dental implants work?
The part of a dental implant that attaches to your jawbone is called the implant fixture. It is made of titanium, which allows it to form a stable bond with your jawbone. After the dental implants are placed in your jaw, that bond forms over the course of the next several months in a process known as osseointegration, making the implant a permanent fixture in your jaw.
Are dental implants structurally similar to biological teeth?
Yes. A dental implant is a root-like structure that is topped with an attractive prosthetic crown. Dental implants are more structurally similar to a biological tooth than any other tooth replacement currently available.
What does dental implant placement entail?
Dr. Gottesman will place your dental implant using a minor outpatient surgical procedure performed right here in our office. Patients may choose some form of sedation for a more comfortable experience.
Can dental implants be used to replace a single tooth? Multiple teeth?
Dental implants can be used for nearly any type of tooth loss to replace any number of missing teeth. They can support a single crown, a dental bridge, or even a complete prosthetic arch of teeth.
How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care, including good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants can last for decades.
What factors influence long-term dental implant success?
The quality of available jawbone material is essential to dental implant longevity. If there is not enough bone to support osseointegration, the dental implant faces an increased risk of failure. (Fortunately, we feature effective treatments to enhance bone density and help patients qualify for dental implants.) Gum disease or tooth decay can also compromise the success of your implant, so it is important to prevent those outcomes with effective home care and regular checkups.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
To find out if dental implants are the right treatment option for you, schedule a consultation with our experienced implant dentist, Dr. Gottesman.
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