If you’re like more than 178 million American adults, you are missing at least one of your adult teeth, dental implants might be an excellent prosthetic tooth option. Dental implants look and act like a natural tooth, from the titanium post that acts like a tooth root to the natural-looking, custom-made crown Jessica Pandich, DDS is highly skilled in guiding the proper placement and restoration of dental implants serving patients near Bryant Park and Grand Central in Midtown Manhattan. Don’t ignore a missing tooth, call Dr. Pandich or schedule an appointment online today.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an innovative form of permanent tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, bridgework or crowns, dental implants are anchored into your jawbone with a titanium post, similar to how natural teeth are held in place. The post bonds with your jaw to provide stability and durability unmatched by any other form of tooth replacement.
Dr. Pandich can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Each implant is custom-created to match and blend in with your remaining natural teeth, improving both functionality and appearance. Many patients choose dental implants over other options because they want a restoration that is permanent and doesn’t require extra care.
The implant is actually made of three separate parts, the implanted titanium post, the restoration (crown), and the abutment, which connects the two.
What is the process for obtaining dental implants?
Dr. Pandich begins the process with a comprehensive dental evaluation including thorough X-rays, and in some cases a bone density scan for your jaw. These tests help Dr. Pandich determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If you’ve lost bone in your jaw and it’s not strong enough to support an implant, Dr. Pandich might recommend a bone grafting procedure or another prosthetic tooth option.
Next, you have an appointment to have the titanium post implanted in your jawbone, which requires a small incision in the gum and the use of a drill to create the space for positioning the implant directly into the bone. Then, you wait for a few months while your jaw heals and your bone tissue bonds with the metal implant.
When your implant post is securely bonded to your jaw, you have an appointment to create the space for the abutment to join the implant. After your gum tissue goes through that healing process, your return to Dr. Pandich’s office to be fitted for your crown.
Finally, when your crown is ready, Dr. Pandich attaches it to the rest of your implant and checks the way your teeth come together when you close your mouth before polishing the crown until it shines like a natural tooth.
Are dental implants a good fit for every patient?
During the initial consultation, Dr. Pandich evaluates your dental health to determine if implants are a good option. You must have a sufficient amount of bone to anchor the implant. If there is not enough bone, then Dr. Pandich discusses options including bone grafting or bone distraction. For a small number of patients, bridgework or dentures are a better solution than dental implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and act just like natural teeth. Not only are they custom made to fit your mouth precisely and blend in with your remaining natural teeth, but the implant provides essential simulate to your jawbone to prevent future bone loss, which can preserve the integrity of the rest of your teeth. Additionally, caring for dental implants is simple. You brush and floss them like your natural teeth. While implants aren’t vulnerable to decay, you need to continue to have routine dental check-ups so Dr. Pandich can monitor your remaining natural teeth and overall oral health.
Call Dr. Pandich today or make an appointment online to find out if dental implants are the best way to replace your missing teeth.