Dental Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic treatment option for replacing missing teeth. They look great, are immune to cavities, and preserve jaw bone. The process can be completed relatively painlessly in a few months. I will be glad to discuss the details of the treatment with you to select the best option for replacing a missing tooth.

I completed a year long implant externship coordinated with the Stoneybrook College of Dental Medicine. During this time, I learned several techniques to place implants in a predictable, efficient, and comfortable manner. Dental implants have revolutionized how we replace teeth. I will be happy to discuss different treatment options available so we can choose the path best suited for your needs.

Implant Body

Implant Body:

The implant body is the “root” of your new tooth. This is the component of the implant that is gently placed in the bone. Your own bone cells treat the titanium implant as a local to the neighborhood. Bone cells integrate with the surface and along with the mechanical shape of the implant, hold the implant in place. The implant body is typically placed 5 months before the tooth is placed on top.

Abutment

Abutment:

The abutment is the placed between the implant body and the crown. It holds the new tooth to the implant. They come in various shapes, sizes, and materials. Custom shapes can be made to perfectly match the position of your implant and gums.

Crown

Crown:

The crown is a name for your new tooth. It is either cemented or screwed into the abutment. Various materials can be used depending on the specific scenario of the tooth being replaced. The great thing about implant restorations is that there is no chance of getting a cavity!

Affordable Implants

I often hear patients assume that implants are out of reach for their budget. As with any technology, prices come down as materials and processes become more readily available and predictable. Dental implants have reached a point now where they are affordable for almost any budget. The fee is comparable to a traditional fixed bridge. Please call us for a worry-free consultation and I can walk you through the different options to replace your missing tooth.

Does it hurt?

I strive to make every dental visit a positive experience. Pain is one of the major fears that prevent patients from getting the treatment they want or need. Fortunately, implants are relatively painless. The are placed using local anesthesia “novocaine”. After the procedure, the area may be a little sore for a few days. Most patients I have treated say it was virtually painless and did not need to take any medicine. The techniques I use limit swelling and pain to make the process easy and comfortable.