Living with missing or severely damaged teeth can take a toll on your confidence. When you don’t have pride in your smile, you feel self-conscious in social situations. Missing teeth can also make speaking and eating more difficult, and you can even end up with long-term jaw damage and other oral health problems. Fortunately, dental implants can prevent that from happening.
Dr. Aimee Kraft offers custom dental implants at our Brooklyn dental office. Read on to learn if this restorative dental option is right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that serves as a substitute for the root of your tooth. A connector called an abutment is built into the top of the implant, which connects it to the restoration. A dental crown then serves as a replacement tooth, completing the process.
The result is a fully restored smile you can be proud of. And not only are these implants fully functional and aesthetically appealing, but with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
The Functions of Dental Implants
If you’re missing a tooth or two, or if you have teeth that are damaged beyond repair, you may already be considering dental implants. The top reason our patients choose this option in Albany is to restore their smiles and feel more confident.
Here are some other common functions of dental implants:
- Replacing a single tooth: If you’re missing a single tooth, one implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth. A crown is then placed over the top of it, simulating a real tooth in every way. This way, you can resume smiling, chewing, and talking normally. No one will even be able to tell the difference!
- Replacing several teeth: Implants are an ideal solution for patients who are missing more than one tooth but don’t require a full set of dentures.
- Supporting removable dentures: While traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone, implants transfer pressure onto the bone structure. This prevents dentures from shifting out of place while you eat and speak.
Top Benefits of Dental Implants
Smiling with confidence is priceless, and you don’t need any other reason to get a dental implant. But implants happen to have other benefits as well, including:
- Restoration of bite force: Implants are anchored into your jaw with a titanium post that replaces your tooth root, so you’ll be able to bite just as you would with your natural teeth.
- Prevents bone loss: When you lose one or more teeth, you may lose bone mass in your jaw. Your jawbone requires stimulation from chewing to maintain its mass. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that also helps with jaw bone stimulation.
- Restores your natural speech: Missing teeth can alter your speech. Because dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth, you’ll be able to speak clearly and easily.
- Secure fit: Your implants will be securely anchored in place, so you’ll never have to worry about them slipping out while you speak or eat.
- A permanent solution to tooth loss: While many dental procedures will need to be replaced or repaired eventually, dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your life as long as you practice good oral hygiene habits and see your dentist regularly.
- Supports your adjacent teeth: A gap in your mouth from a missing tooth can cause the teeth on either side of it to shift and move, leading to misalignment. A dental implant will fill that gap, allowing you to maintain an even smile.
- Easy to care for: Caring for an implant is as easy as caring for your natural teeth.
The Dental Implants Process
The dental implants procedure is fairly simple, minimally invasive, and requires as few as two or three visits to our Brooklyn, NY dental office.
First, Dr. Kraft will give you a dental exam and cleaning to ensure your mouth is in good enough shape to receive a dental implant. Once you’ve decided that dental implants are right for you, you’ll make an appointment for the procedure.
Your dental implant will be placed under local anesthesia and should only be mildly uncomfortable when the numbness subsides. While your permanent dental crown is being made, you’ll recover and heal at home. This typically takes several months, as it takes time for your bone to grow around your dental implant (osseointegration) so it will be strong enough to stay in place.
When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to our Brooklyn office for placement. Once your mouth has healed, you can treat your dental implants and crowns like your ordinary teeth.
Dental Implants at Dentistry in Brooklyn Heights
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, and many of our patients have reported feeling very happy with their decision to get them. To find out more about the procedure and how we can help restore your smile, contact our Brooklyn office at (718) 625-6629 or fill out a contact form to request an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
Dental Implants Q & A
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of a titanium base (artificial root) that is inserted into your jaw. This base will fuse with the jaw as it heals making it permanent. Once it heals an abutment is attached to the base and becomes the support for a crown.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
An implant is the only single tooth restoration that leaves adjacent teeth untouched. Additionally, it also helps maintain bone level and gives the most natural feeling and looking result.
When are dental implants appropriate?
Dr. Kraft uses dental implants to replace missing teeth. However, to get a dental implant, you must have strong bone in your jaw to hold the device in place. If your jaw bone isn’t strong enough, Dr. Kraft may need to graft the bone before she can place the implant.
How much will dental implants cost?
The exact cost of dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of implants you need and whether bone grafting is required. Some dental insurance policies may cover a portion of the treatment costs. If you’re interested in dental implants, Dr. Kraft will prepare a detailed quote of your estimated expenses before you schedule the procedure.