Dental implant surgery is a great option for replacing natural teeth from the root up. A properly placed dental implant will feel, look, and function like a healthy, natural tooth, while being anchored securely to your jawbone with a titanium post.
Whether you’ve lost several teeth or just one, dental implants provide an appealing alternative to other restorative procedures.
Replacing a Single Missing Tooth
Once Dr. Farber has determined that you are a candidate for a dental implant, the implant will be placed by an experienced surgeon. After the dental implant has been placed below the gumline, it will take a few months for it to fuse with the jawbone, a process called osseointegration.
During the fusion process, you may be given a temporary tooth to wear in place of the missing tooth. This will be constructed so as not to put any strain on the implant as osseointegration occurs. As the titanium post and the bone bond together, the implant acts like a strong tooth root. After osseointegration is complete, Dr. Farber will attach a customized permanent restoration, giving you a natural-looking replacement tooth.
The other option for replacing a single tooth would be to place a bridge. A bridge is a restoration that places crowns on the two adjacent teeth and then a false tooth is attached to those crowns. Dr. Farber far prefers placing an implant, for several reasons. First, it is more conservative, since for a bridge otherwise healthy teeth might need aggressive preparation for crowns, and extra stress is placed on those teeth. A bridge is also more difficult to keep clean and more complicated to maintain. If anything happens to any one of the three teeth involved in the bridge, the whole bridge would need to be replaced.
Advantages of Dental Implants over Removable Dentures
If you are missing all of your teeth, the advantages of dental implants become even more pronounced. Yes, removable dentures are indisputably cheaper. However, many would say that dental implants are worth the extra cost. Here are some of the key advantages of choosing dental implants:
- COMFORT. Implants feel secure and comfortable in your mouth—they don’t move around like dentures do.
- APPEARANCE. Implants are made to match your natural teeth, so renewed self-esteem and confidence can be yours.
- EASE OF CARE. Implants are easy to care for, easy to clean, and can improve your overall oral health.
- NO SLIPPAGE. Implants allow for effortless eating and speaking. You won’t have to worry about your replacements slipping out during everyday interactions.
- SAVES THE BONE. Dental implants will protect you from a serious health condition known as facial collapse. Please read more below.
- HIGH SUCCESS RATE. When placed and cared for correctly, implants are a durable, reliable, long-lasting restoration option.
What is facial collapse? If you’ve had all of your teeth removed, your jawbone will sense that it isn’t needed anymore, and your body will begin to dissolve and absorb that bone in order to use the minerals elsewhere. This shrinkage is called facial collapse, and although you won’t notice it for the first few years, with time, you will be left with a noticeably “collapsed” face.
In some cases, the shrinkage can become so severe that implants are not possible—without having a bone grafting procedure first. You can avoid these issues by getting dental implants before it’s too late.
Expert Dental Implant Care in Midtown Manhattan
Dr. Farber is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality treatments at her practice. She works with one of the best labs and lab technicians in the country, as well as carefully selected surgeons, to provide you with quality restorations.
In addition to being a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Farber is an alumna of the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy (IDEA) in San Francisco, where she received additional implant and periodontal surgery training.
Are you curious to find out if you might be a candidate for dental implants? Dr. Farber would love to offer you a complimentary consultation—ten minutes in her office—to ask any questions you might have. Or you could just schedule the examination to begin the process. You can either call our office, or fill out this simple form and we will call you.