Dental implants are considered to be the best replacement for missing natural teeth. They are highly recommended by dentists all around the world, owing to their strength and life-like aesthetics. Implants are made from two components; a metal stud made from titanium, which looks like a screw, and a tooth-like prosthetic crown that is used to restore the missing tooth. Both these components are fused together by a connecting element called the abutment.
What is the procedure?
Patients who want to get dental implants need to be declared fit as candidates for the restorations. Some of the factors we look into are jawbone size and strength, space available for placing the implant, drifting of teeth, overall health including conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. After running a few tests and taking scans and x-rays of the mouth, we will determine your candidacy for implants. The data from the scans and x-rays will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabricating the ceramic crown.
Placement: Local anesthesia will be administered to the mouth to numb the teeth, gums, and underlying jawbone. A tiny hole is made in the bone exactly where the missing tooth was. This is done with extreme precision as it determines the position of the implant. The metal stud will be inserted into the hole, secured with dental cement, and a suitable healing period will be suggested.
After the healing period or osseointegration, a second surgery will be scheduled. The crown is placed on the implant using the abutment and dental adhesives. It will firmly be fixed in position. A bite test is conducted, and the crown may be polished to enhance its appearance.
Depending on the number of missing teeth, we can also place dental bridges or dentures on the implant to replace multiple teeth. Since the entire design of dental implants relies on osseointegration, it is essential that candidates for the procedure have a jaw bone that is sufficiently healthy and dense enough to support the posts. For this reason, a patient’s candidacy is assessed on a case by case basis and will involve scans and x-rays of your jaw. If you are found to have an insufficient bone in your jaw, our dental implant team may speak to you about the possibility of bone grafting, a procedure where bone from another part of the body or artificial bone material is used to encourage jaw bone growth so that implants can be placed.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (718) 447-4510 to have a consultation with Dr. Brenman and his associates, and we will be happy to help.