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You've probably heard of dentures and bridges, but what about dental implants? While less commonly known, dental implants are an increasingly popular service offered at ParkLin Dental in Katonah, and we're here to answer your all your questions about the procedure that can put you on the path to a healthy smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, the implant itself acting as the root of the tooth. The procedure uses a metal post, screwed into the jawbone, which creates a permanent foundation for an artificial tooth.
Who might need a dental implant?
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, a dental implant can fill in the gaps of your smile. Teeth may require removal due to decay, damage or injury, and a dental implant is an attractive and sturdy substitute for a natural tooth.
What are the advantages of a dental implant?
While dentures are often used by those with a large number of missing teeth, they require removal for cleaning and sleeping, as well as requiring the application of an adhesive to hold them in place. Even then, dentures can slide around in your mouth, making chewing, talking and smiling difficult. Dental implants stay in the mouth securely and permanently, offering you peace of mind and comfort. You will be able to chew, floss and brush like you would your natural teeth.
Is the procedure painful?
Dental implants are a surgical procedure, so your Katonah dentist will apply an anesthetic to numb your mouth and dull any pain you may feel. You many experience some inflammation, and an over the counter pain killer can help make you more comfortable post procedure. Avoiding crunchy foods in the days after your dental implants is recommended.
How successful is the procedure?
For the majority of people, dental implants can be done efficiently and successfully, the result lasting decades. While artificial teeth do not experience decay, good dental hygiene is still a must for keeping your gums, which surround the dental implant, healthy.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
You will need to check with your dental insurance provider to see if the procedure is eligible for coverage.
Let Parklin Dental in Katonah, NY, help you achieve a your best smile yet with dental implants. Schedule your appointment at 914-232-8182.
Dental implants might be right for you if you need to replace missing or extracted teeth and have sufficient bone in the jaw area to support placement of the implants. Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option that can last for years with proper care. One dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple implants can be used to support bridgework or overdentures when replacing several missing teeth. At ParkLin Dental, Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin are your dentists for dental implants in Katonah, NY.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are hypoallergenic metal titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone and used to support artificial teeth. The dental implants act as roots for those teeth and can be topped with dental crowns when individual teeth are being replaced or they can be topped with bridgework or overdentures when replacing multiple teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure and will eventually fuse with the bone over time through a natural process known as osseointegration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits. They restore your smile, whether you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth. Additionally, since dental implants are placed in the jawbone and permanently fuse with it over time, they securely anchor replacement teeth in place so there is no concern that those teeth will come loose or slip out of place. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are durable and can last for many years. They are also made from a hypoallergenic metal so they can be safely worn by anyone with enough bone to support them.
Other benefits of dental implants include restoration of both speech and normal biting and chewing functions. Speech can be altered when teeth are missing as the gaps from missing teeth affect tongue placement when speaking. Filling in the gaps with dental implants can improve speech. Normal biting and chewing functions are also restored as the work of biting and chewing food can be distributed equally across a full set of teeth, which reduces wear and tear on the natural teeth that were previously taking on all the work.
Your dentist for dental implants in Katonah can provide further details about how dental implants can benefit you based on your specific needs and concerns.
A dentist can help you decide if dental implants are the right option for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin, call ParkLin Dental at (914) 232-8182.
Would you like to join millions of people around the United States who have complete smiles? Yes, these individuals benefited from state-of-the-art dental implants, the modern solution to unsightly and unhealthy smile gaps. Dr. Enyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer in-office dental implant placement at ParkLin Dental in Katonah. You can close the gaps in your smile and feel and look your very best.
Millions lost, millions restored
Each year, millions of Americans lose at least one tooth to gum disease, accident, cancer therapy or extensive decay. On the upside, about three million people annually in the United States undergo tooth replacement procedures involving dental implants, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
What's special about dental implants? Why choose these prosthetics over traditional bridgework or conventional dentures? The answer is simple: dental implants are lifelike. They look like real teeth. They have roots. They keep gum tissue and bone healthy just as natural teeth do.
Dental implants have three distinct parts: a titanium implant screw (which the dentist inserts into the jaw), an abutment, or extension post, and a porcelain crown. The titanium in the implant itself is key to dental implant success because human bone bonds exceptionally well to titanium.
This bonding process is called osseointegration, and while it takes time to complete, the result is an artificial tooth that is just as strong and functional as a natural tooth. Also, your dentist may use implants to support bridgework or full dentures, eliminating the denture slippage and reduced jaw bone density resulting from extensive tooth loss.
The implant procedure
Come to ParkLin Dental for a personal dental implant consultation. You'll meet with Dr. Park or Dr. Lin for a complete oral examination, including X-rays, to confirm your oral health is good and that you have sufficient bone in your jaw to support dental implants. Also, you'll discuss your smile goals and learn all about the implant process.
With a care plan in place, the treatment can proceed. Most implant surgeries require simple local anesthetic. The dentist numbs the area around the empty socket and places the screw-like titanium device. The gums are sutured closed, and healing begins.
After a period of healing and osseointegration, you'll return to ParkLin Dental where your dentist will re-open the implant site. Then, the doctor bonds on the abutment post and porcelain crown. That's it. That gap is gone.
In the long run...
Your dental implant can last the rest of your life. Just brush and floss as you normally would, and get routine exams and cleanings every six months.
Come see us
At ParkLin Dental, we love to see gapped smiles transformed. To arrange your consultation, please call the office at (914) 323-8182.
What you need to know about dental implants
If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, or you need support for a dental appliance like a denture, dental implants are the state-of-the-art solution you’ve been waiting for. You may be wondering if dental implants are right for you and whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The best candidates for dental implants are people who are in good health. There are certain medical conditions and lifestyle issues which can impact the healing and success of your dental implant. Be sure to let your dentist know if you:
Smoke or drink alcohol to excess
Have diabetes or cancer
Have had radiation to your jaws
Have current or a history of periodontal disease
You also need a sufficient amount of bone to provide support for the implant. Your dentist will take precise measurements and detailed x-rays including 3D scans and computer imaging to determine the amount of bone available for your implant. If you don’t have enough bone, your dentist can create additional bone with a bone grafting procedure to make a dental implant possible for you.
There are many reasons why people decide dental implants are the right choice to replace their missing teeth. Consider that dental implants are:
Successful, with a success rate over 95 percent
Stable, because they are embedded in bone
Convenient, because you don’t have to remove them
Beautiful, because they look just like your natural teeth
Permanent, because with proper care they will last a lifetime
Healthy, because you can brush and floss normally
Only you and your dentist can decide if dental implants are right for you, but when you choose dental implants, you are choosing the best method available for tooth replacement. You deserve to have the best smile your dentist can give you, and thanks to dental implants, now you can have a great smile! Make an investment in your smile and choose dental implants. Call your dentist today to find out more!