What are Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants represent the best in advanced dental technology. Available to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or all of the teeth on an arch, dental implants have improved oral health and quality of life for millions of people in the U.S. As the only dental restoration that functions like natural teeth, dental implants preserve the jawbone, last decades, and restore your chewing and bite force. 

How Long Does it Take to Get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a process, which takes 3-9 months on average. Patients who have experienced significant loss of bone should expect the process to take longer, due to the need for bone grafting surgeries to prepare for dental implants.

During your initial consultation, you’ll receive a thorough examination to rule out conditions such as gum disease and infections. If you are approved for dental implants, you’ll also have numerous digital images and scans taken, which will be used to meticulously design your treatment plan.  

On the day of your surgery, the dentist will use state-of-the-art dental software, known as Guided Implant Placement to precisely place the implant in the bone. You’ll then spend the next several months allowing the implant to fuse with the bones and soft tissues.

Once fusion (called osseointegration) is complete, you’ll return to have your crowns attached to the implants, and you’ll have a beautiful, functional smile again.

Types of Dental Implants Available in Midtown East

There are a variety of types of dental implants. Your dentist will discuss your options, and their recommendations for you, based on your unique needs and goals.

Single tooth implants replace a missing tooth anywhere in the mouth. Implant-supported dental bridges use dental implants as anchors for a bridge, which can replace multiple missing teeth in a row. 

Mini dental implants are available for those who have suffered moderate bone loss. Mini dental implants use a smaller implanted post, compared to full-size dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are also available.Implant-supported dentures may be fixed, or removable, using just a few implants to support an entire arch of teeth. 

Key Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the premium dental restoration due to the unique benefits they offer patients.

  • Prevents further bone loss
  • Helps promote new bone growth
  • Preserves your facial appearance
  • Long-lasting restoration, expected to last at least 20 years
  • Restores bite force
  • Restores chewing capability
  • Improves speaking ability
  • Cavity-resistant
  • Provides a natural appearance
  • Reduces risk of additional tooth loss
  • Reduces risk of periodontal disease
  • Improves self-esteem

Caring for Dental Implants

Dental implants are, by design, easy to care for. Implants should be treated like a natural tooth, flossing daily, and brushing twice daily for a full two minutes. All patients should see their dentist twice yearly for oral health exams and cleanings.  

Likewise, patients should avoid activities and habits that are known to damage teeth. This includes smoking, vaping, smokeless tobacco, and chewing on ice, pens, fingernails, and hard candies. Although the crowns attached to the implants are stain-resistant, they are not immune from discoloration, so limiting coffee, red wine, and other foods and beverages known to stain teeth is recommended.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants 

Can I finance dental implants?

Yes. Meridian Dental Group accepts CareCredit financing for dental implants and all other services.

Will insurance pay for dental implants?

Unfortunately, in most cases, dental insurance plans do not pay for dental implants. However, there are exceptions. Some policies may pay for a portion of implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures. Contact your insurance company for specific details on coverage.

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Midtown East, NYC

If you’re interested in learning more about how dental implants can restore your smile, improve your oral health, and boost your self-confidence, schedule a consultation with Meridian Dental Group in Midtown East Manhattan. Call 212-813-0850 or message us to reserve an appointment.