New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery we offer several implant-related treatments to replace one or more missing teeth. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Gary Orentlicher and Dr. Andrew Horowitz, specialize in the treatment of dental implants in Scarsdale because we believe that they are the ideal solution for tooth loss.
About Dental Implants in Scarsdale
A dental implant is a titanium screw that we surgically embed deep into the jawbone. Once the implant is in place, it will slowly fuse to your jaw through the process of osseointegration. After a brief healing period, the implant screw will be able to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a partial bridge, and a full-arch restoration.
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Minimally Invasive Guided Implant Planning and Placement
Guided Surgery is a minimally invasive technique for the planning and placement of dental implants. Guided Surgery uses reverse engineering and virtual digital computer planning to increase the accuracy and precision of dental implant placement. With guided implant surgery, since the types and exact positions of the planned implants are known prior to surgery, the procedure is much less invasive than it would be without the technology. Dr. Orentlicher has been teaching doctors how to place dental implants using Guided Surgery for well over a decade.
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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are in good oral and overall health, you should qualify for implant treatment. If you have experienced significant bone deterioration due to tooth loss, you may need a bone graft first to add bone support and volume to the area to be treated. During your consultation, your oral surgery specialist at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery in Scarsdale will be able to determine if implants are right for you. This usually involves a series of diagnostic tests that may include digital x-rays and CBCT scans.
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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. This makes implants a more convenient, durable, secure, and aesthetically pleasing option over traditional restorations. The numerous benefits of dental implants have made them the industry standard for tooth replacement!
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After Implant Placement
There are several things that you can expect after your dental implants have been placed. As with most minor operations, you may experience some bruising, pain, and swelling in your gums and face. In some cases, there can also be bleeding in the gums.
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Many patients need a bone graft, or ridge augmentation before implantation is possible. Osseointegration, the process responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, requires an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. If osseointegration does not occur, implant failure occurs. Fortunately, ridge augmentation can be performed to improve the quantity and quality of deteriorated bone. In many ways, ridge augmentation allows patients to receive dental implants when it would otherwise be impossible.
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Full Mouth Reconstruction
Some people have dental problems so severe and widespread that they need multiple surgeries. In this case, we may recommend a full mouth reconstruction. As the name suggests, a full mouth reconstruction refers to the rebuilding of all teeth in a patient's mouth. These reconstructions can be performed in one or both jaws. Because we are oral surgical specialists, we may suggest that it will be necessary to work with other specialists to provide you with optimal results.
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A traditional denture is a removable appliance that rests on the gums. Because it is not secured by implants, many patients have trouble eating, experience discomfort, and even embarrassing slips.
An implant-supported denture is a traditional denture than rests on the gums but has additional support and stability from dental implants. It is a more stable removable denture that is not permanently attached in your mouth. We may recommend an implant-supported denture if you want a better alternative to traditional dentures.
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All-on-4® Dental Implant Treatment Concept
We offer the All-on-4 treatment concept for patients missing all or most of their teeth and for patients who have severe decay and/or periodontal disease involving their remaining teeth. As the name suggests, this full-arch restoration only uses four implants to support the entire bridge. The posterior (back) implants are placed at an angle to utilize the strongest part of the jawbone and maximize the number of teeth that can be restored. Other full-arch restorations usually require six to eight implants. Thanks to the revolutionary new technique, All-on-4 is much more effective and minimally-invasive than other options.
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Dental Implants - FAQ
We believe patient education is the cornerstone of good oral health. During your initial appointment, your oral surgery specialist at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding dental implants. This is an excellent opportunity for you to voice any concerns. Staying informed can help you better maintain your restoration and prevent potential problems.
Some common questions are answered below.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Advancements in technology allow dental implants to be made from different materials for their benefits and properties, such as durability, resistance to corrosion, and strength. The common materials are titanium and zirconia.
Titanium is a highly preferred material due to its biocompatibility, allowing easy fusion with the jawbone. It is also durable, resistant to corrosion and wear, and offers a lasting replacement for missing teeth at an affordable rate.
Zirconia is a recent discovery and is preferable for individuals with a metal allergy. This metal is also biocompatible and resistant to corrosion and bacteria buildup.
Other materials used in dental implants include polymers, ceramics, and metals like gold and cobalt chromium.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
The procedure for dental implants starts with an evaluation of your remaining teeth, jawbone, and gums to check your oral health and establish if you have adequate bone mass to support the implant. We recommend a bone graft procedure if your jawbone is too thin.
The dental implant procedure is outpatient, and we will perform it under local anesthesia to ease discomfort.
Drs. Orentlicher and Horowitz will cut through your gum to expose the jawbone, then drill a hole for placing the titanium screw.
Next, they will insert the metal screw in place and suture the gum tissue to cover the implant.
You will need four to six months to complete this process and then return for the abutment installation.
The abutment connects the implant to the replacement tooth. We will do minor surgery to place the abutment, then close your gum tissue.
We will then place a temporary crown and allow healing for about two weeks, after which you will come for the last stage of your surgery.
The last stage comprises fitting the crown. Usually, we take dental impressions of your teeth and use them to mold your replacement tooth to ensure it fits in your tooth structure. If you want to maintain a natural appearance, we will recommend a crown color that matches your surrounding teeth.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The duration of a dental implant procedure will vary depending on the number of implants you are getting.
It will take up to two hours to place one implant. This means that the procedure will last longer with more implants.
You will also have a healing interval of up to four months between the placement of the implant post, abutment, and crowns. The healing window allows your implant to integrate into your jawbone to support the crown and abutment.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Last?
The initial intention was for dental implants to offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. This is given their integration into the jawbone and surrounding tissue through the osseointegration process.
However, you may need to replace the crown over time due to normal wear.
On average, dental implants will last for 20 years. This duration will vary depending on your oral hygiene. The implant location in the mouth will also affect its lifespan, with implants in the rear of the mouth wearing out faster than those at the front, due to active chewing.
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