Dental Implants in Buffalo, NY
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Dental implants are devices that can fill in the gap where a tooth used to be, and they are recommended for individuals who do not wish to receive dental bridges or partial dentures.
In a small surgical operation, an implant is screwed into the jawbone, and the titanium base of the implant gradually fuses with the bone, similar to how the roots of teeth naturally do so. Dental implants may require more invasive treatment in order to be implemented, but they are the most durable substitute for real teeth. The solid bond that the titanium base of the implant forms with the jawbone is all but permanent, making implants ideal for individuals seeking a lifelong solution to edentulism (the loss of teeth).
A dental implant comprises a ceramic crown, a connective piece called an abutment, and a titanium screw. The ceramic crown resembles the upper portion of a real tooth and can be designed to blend in seamlessly with an individual’s neighboring teeth. The screw stands in for the root of the tooth, and because titanium is biocompatible, this base easily forms a stable and strong bond with the jawbone in the months after implantation.
In order to install an implant, a dentist must first examine the relevant area of the mouth to ascertain whether an implant would likely be viable. Through an X-ray or CT scan, the dentist can check for the condition of the gums, the thickness of the jawbone, and the location of the sinuses; each of these elements plays a role in whether a dental implant can last in its intended position. Recent advances in technology can now transform the results of these exams into a three-dimensional model for near-immediate viewing on a monitor, allowing a dentist and a patient alike to have access to a comprehensive view of the patient’s teeth, gums, and bony tissue. The dentist can more easily visualize the space in which the implant will be placed, inspecting the area for any limiting factors.
During the actual operation, your dentist will anesthetize the area and then screw the dental implant through the gum into the jawbone. Three to six months after the operation, your dentist will use an impression of your teeth in order to determine the optimal shape of the crown. Once designed, the ceramic crown will be placed atop the implant’s abutment and held in place using cement. As the titanium screw will have bonded with the jawbone by this point, the implant will look and feel like a natural tooth.
As an alternative to the ceramic crown, when multiple teeth are missing, implant-based dentures are a more functional and realistic option. This type of denture is fastened onto the dental implants that are screwed into the jawbone. The titanium base provides a far more stable base for the dentures than simple adhesives, and the use of implants in dentures preserves the integrity of the jawbone while facilitating chewing and speaking.
Dental Implant FAQS:
Are Dental Implants Safe?
The dental implant procedure is very safe, much like many normal dental procedures that people come into the office and see me for. Whether it’s fillings, crowns, bridges, even surgical extractions, implants kind of fall in the same category of these normal procedures that take place.
They’re not done in a hospital setting; they’re done right here in the office and that is one of the other reasons to just try to reiterate to the patient that this is a safe procedure and all the risk, benefits and questions that patients have about the safety of implants will be thoroughly discussed prior to beginning any treatment.
Are Dental Implants Noticeable?
If the implant is done correctly, and is planned correctly, the implant and the restoring crown on top of that implant can be made to look just as natural as the tooth that was lost.
What Is The Process For Getting Dental Implants?
The two main things patients want to know is how long an implant is going to take and what is is going to cost them. Every situation for each individual patient is different, but the majority of times implant procedures start with a preoperative phase where we gather a lot of information. After we gather a lot of information, we decide what type of treatment will be feasible or will be adequate for the patient that is inquiring about getting a dental implant to replace, whether it’s single-tooth or multiple teeth.
All these things can be addressed to formulate and put together what a treatment plan or a treatment phase will require, in terms of start to finish. For the majority of implant cases, especially the simple cases, a lot of times it’s anywhere in between eight weeks to six months. Like I said, the specifics for any case can be discussed at the beginning of treatment before anything takes place.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
I like to talk to patients from a basic, overall, general oral health standpoint. We need to assess your mouth, first and foremost. We need to know if there are any underlying issues – whether it has to do with gum disease, periodontal disease, other issues such as grinding – any things that might have created previous destruction to your mouth. Once we can handle those situations and get them under control, then we can discuss moving forward with dental implants or dental implant treatment.
A lot of times, once the mouth is taken care of and put back into a healthy state, and an implant is placed and restored with a natural tooth, those implants will last just as long or just as well as a natural tooth. Again, I always try to stress and reiterate to anyone, we have to take care of a certain situation. Just because you’re going to come in and necessarily get a dental implant, doesn’t mean you can neglect it. When anything that is done, normal hygiene, normal routine maintenance care will be very important. I think implants will last several years if not a lifetime.
Dental Implant vs. Mini Dental Implant
I want to take this opportunity to help clarify the difference between a conventional and a mini dental implant. A conventional dental implant usually has a diameter greater than three millimeters and a mini dental implant has a diameter less than three millimeters. A lot of times, to replace natural teeth, we like to use a conventional dental implant because the size of the implant. The part of the implant that’s going to go into the jaw and replace that root form is more realistic to the size of the actual natural root that is lost. It is more of a robust prosthetic attachment that we can then fixate a tooth to get you back to normal function.
Certain circumstances in dentistry may require a mini dental implant, for instance a missing lower incisor. A very small amount of space might be needed there to only be able to fixate a mini dental implant in that area, but for the majority of the time, a mini dental implant – and for my practice purposes – will be used to either fixate a denture or place in the jaw for a source of anchorage to help an orthodontist with any type of tooth movement or future orthodontic treatment for a younger patient.
How Much Do Implants Cost?
When interested in dental implants to replace teeth, or other treatment options that involve implants, patients want to know how much they’re going to cost. It depends on the type of implant, and what implant is going to be placed. All financial questions about implants will be discussed ahead of time so we can properly review what things are going to be before we even get started with treatment options.
Contact the experienced Buffalo dentists at Teach Dental Group to find out if implants are right for you. We have been serving the greater Buffalo region for over 40 years. Let us put a smile on your face.
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