Losing a tooth can be a life-changing event: you might feel like you need to conceal the gap in your smile while in public, or you might struggle with your eating or speaking abilities for a while. With sturdy dental implants from Larry Honigman, DDS, and his team at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry in Hartsdale, New York, you can replace missing teeth with long-lasting implants and durable, gorgeous crowns. To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, call Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry or book a consultation online today.
Dental implants are a one-of-a-kind treatment for missing teeth. During an easy, in-office surgery at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry, your dentist makes an incision in your gums to reveal your jaw bone. Then, they carefully screw the titanium dental implant into the bone, where it serves as an anchor for a new, artificial tooth.
Before the team attaches your custom crown to your new dental implant, you must heal from the first surgery. This gives your jaw bone time to bond with the titanium implant, which is biocompatible. At a second appointment, the team attaches a piece, called an abutment, that holds the implant and the crown together.
Once your dental implant and abutment are secure, the team attaches your custom crown. They make this crown using impressions of your teeth and match the color of the porcelain to the color of the healthy teeth you still have.
Dental implants are a treatment for people who have one or more missing teeth. While they have many benefits that make them an enticing option for treatment, they’re not the best choice in every case. Before planning treatment, you should come to Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry for a consultation.
As part of your consultation, your dentist takes X-rays or other imaging tests of your teeth and jaw. They evaluate the position of your remaining teeth surrounding the gap and assess your jaw bone for signs of bone loss.
Bone loss, which often happens when the root of a tooth is missing or because of gum disease, doesn’t always rule you out as a candidate for dental implants. If you have it, you’ll need a bone graft before you undergo surgery. Your dentist tells you if any other factors affect your ability to get dental implants.
Dental implants are widely popular because of their benefits over other treatment options, like bridges, removable partial dentures, or going without a tooth entirely. Implants are the preferable option because they:
With a custom crown securely attached to a dental implant, most people won’t be able to tell you don’t have all of your natural teeth. While the implant lasts for the rest of your life because your jaw bone bonds to it, you might need a replacement crown from Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry eventually.
To set up a dental implant consultation for yourself or a loved one, call Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today.