Losing a permanent tooth is never an optimal scenario, and the thought of replacing it with an artificial structure may seem less than ideal. However, with the incredible advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, dental implants offer men and women facing the loss of a tooth a highly effective option for a natural-looking, functional, and durable replacement that will last for years to come.
Expertly trained dentist Dr. Marianna Farber and the exceptional team at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY, are proud to offer state-of-the-art dental implant technology and techniques tailored to each patient’s needs. During an initial consultation, Dr. Farber will assess your case thoroughly, answer your questions, explain your options, and recommend a treatment plan that will best help you achieve your goals.
First, Dr. Farber will evaluate the natural tooth structure and your current oral health status to determine if there is any opportunity to save the existing tooth. This is always the preference of qualified dentists, though in some cases extraction and subsequent implant placement may be necessary. Some of the most common situations leading to the unavoidable loss of a permanent tooth include:
- Infection, disease, or decay that doesn't respond to treatment
If it is determined that a tooth must be extracted or if it has already been lost, a tooth implant may be the best option for replacing the structure and restoring the patient’s smile.
How do dental implants compare with real teeth?
One of the main concerns for patients considering the procedure is the comparison of dental implants vs. real teeth. There are three main areas of importance:
- Look: Over the last several years, the technologies, materials, and techniques available in the world of implant dentistry have improved beyond measure. This has resulted in a dentist’s ability to produce an artificial crown — the tooth structure that is supported by the implanted screw — that is almost identical to a natural tooth. The shape, size, color, and other characteristics can be matched with astonishing precision, giving patients a seamless smile despite the presence of one or more artificial implant-supported crowns.
- Feel: Much like the ability to match the look of a real tooth, the available materials and techniques now allow dentists to place artificial teeth that also mimic the feel of a patient’s natural tooth. The newly placed implant will be made specifically to fit with your existing teeth, giving you a comfortable smile and bite.
- Function: Arguably the most advantageous feature of dental implants is their ability to function just as well as, if not better than, a natural tooth. The durable nature of implant-supported restorations makes them highly resistant to cracking, and they are not at risk of falling out or being pulled out by problematic foods or other routine habits. Patients with dental implants can enjoy the ability to eat, chew, laugh, and talk with newfound confidence.
How long will my dental implants last?
The lifespan of dental implants is typically quite lengthy, though there are a variety of factors that can play a role in how long they can last. Some patients are able to keep their implants for the remainder of their lifetime without the need for replacement or revision. To give yourself the best possible outcome, it is essential to maintain a regular dental hygiene regimen, both at home and in your dentist’s office. Routine brushing, flossing, and in-office cleanings will ensure that your implants and overall oral health remain optimal for years to come.
Another important consideration when it comes to the longevity of your dental implants is to select a qualified and experienced dentist. Dr. Marianna Farber of Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City is a member of the highly acclaimed International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She works with renowned lab facilities and technicians to ensure that patients receive an exceptional level of care and service.
What can I expect from the dental implant procedure?
Following an initial consultation, Dr. Farber will put together a customized treatment plan and timeline tailored to your needs and goals. The first step in the process of implant dentistry is to address and correct any issues concerning oral or dental health that may negatively impact the process of placing an implant, such as infection or gum disease. Once these problems have been corrected, the implant process can begin.
Following a series of x-rays, impressions, and exams, Dr. Farber will carefully place the implant — a small titanium post —into the jaw through a small incision in the gums. In most cases, patients can be fitted with a temporary crown at this time. Over the next several months, the implant will integrate with the jawbone. Once this process is complete, Dr. Farber will place a custom-engineered crown restoration onto the implant, and the patient will be ready to immediately enjoy the look, function, and feel of a natural tooth.
How do I get started?
If you have lost a tooth or are facing tooth extraction, a dental implant may be right for you. Call Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York, NY, to schedule your consultation with Dr. Marianna Farber today, and learn more about how natural-looking dental implants can restore function, confidence, and freedom to your life.