Looking for Dental Implants in Pelham or Mount Vernon?
What are my options for dental implants?
It is important to understand the many different types of dental implants and the fact that every patient is unique. Some patients will require one or two dental implants and others will require multiple tooth replacement with multiple implants being replaced.
How many dental implants can I have?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth or even a full upper or lower arch. In the case where we replace a number of missing teeth by placing a few dental implants, the dental surgeon will place four implants and then attach a full arch of prosthetic teeth. This is where the name ‘ all on four dental implants’ comes from. All across the US dental implants have emerged as the unique choice for replacing lost and damaged teeth, among adults over 30 or 40 all the way up to their 70’s.
Our implant surgeons and periodontists diagnose and treat patients who are missing one or more teeth and advise on the best possible progression for being able to smile and chew properly with the use of dental implants.
How many visits will I need to get dental implants?
Receiving a dental implant will often require a number of visits. Normally it requires two surgical procedures and the time between these two procedures can be several months. Initially the titanium implant will be placed into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. Then the patient will wait 3 to 6 months in order to see if the the titanium screws have become fused to the bone in a process known as osseo-integration. During the second procedure part of the implant ,the doctor will uncover the gum tissue layer above where the implant was placed. At this point the doctor will decide if the implant has taken. If the implant has taken and everything is successful the doctor will then attach the abutment. This is where the new prosthetic or crown will be placed. Eventually the new crown will be placed on top of this abutment and this will be the finished dental implant. The crown will be cleaned and polished by the dentist. Now the patient has a natural looking tooth.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, discuss the results you’d like, and learn how any existing dental work might influence your choice of dental implant procedure, make an appointment today.