Dental implants are durable and attractive appliances that replace damaged or missing teeth. Implants are one of the longest-lasting and most practical dental restorations.
The implant post can last up to a lifetime if you care for it properly, while the crown on top should last about seven to 10 years with excellent care and regular dental visits.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants consist of a titanium post, a stainless steel abutment or cap, and a replacement tooth, which can be a crown, denture, or bridge.
The dentist surgically implants the post in your jawbone, where it fuses with the bone in osseointegration. The osseointegration process takes about four to six months. After the dentist checks for proper bonding, they can proceed with your implant process.
The next step in receiving a single-tooth dental implant is placing the abutment. The dentist closes the gum tissue around the abutment, leaving it uncovered to heal. After the gum heals, the dentist can place your restoration.
The dentist creates a crown, bridge, or denture that matches your original teeth. After you have become accustomed to the replacement, it will feel like a healthy natural tooth.
Implant Types We Offer
- Single-Tooth Dental Implants
- Implant-Supported Bridges
- Implant-Supported Dentures
Benefits of Dental Implants
Excellent Chewing Ability
With dental implants, you can eat nearly any food that requires healthy natural teeth. They feel natural when you chew.
Dental implants require the same home and professional care as healthy teeth. Brush, floss, and keep all dental appointments to check your implants.
Most people will not be able to tell that you have dental implants. They are natural-looking and blend in with your smile.
Preserve Jawbone Strength
Missing teeth cause the jawbone to lose mass in the area around the socket. Dental implants provide the same chewing stimulation as natural teeth, strengthening the bone.
Keep Teeth from Moving
Missing teeth allow their neighbors to move. They may become crooked and crowded. Crooked teeth are far harder to keep clean, and you may face tooth decay or gum disease problems.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
People who are good candidates share the following characteristics:
- One or more missing or damaged teeth
- Generally good oral health with no uncontrolled tooth decay or gum disease
- Non-smoker or willing to quit
- No uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, or bleeding disorders
What is the success rate of dental implants?
The implant success rate is between 90 and 95 percent in healthy patients. Taking proper care of your implants can greatly increase their chance of success.
Call Manhattan Dental Spa
Our expert doctors place many dental implants. We can help you decide which type of implant is best and answer your questions about the process. Please call our Murray Hill, NYC, office at 212-683-2530 to schedule a consultation.