Discover the benefits of Straumann® dental implants in New York – Brooklyn NY
Missing teeth can take a toll on your oral health, and nothing offers the full range of benefits that dental implants provide. At TriBeCa Dental Associates in New York, NY, we offer patients durable, biocompatible Straumann implants to restore missing teeth and return full functionality to their smile. Our dentists can help you through every step of the process from our offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
How missing teeth affect your health
While having missing teeth may make you feel embarrassed when you smile and make certain words harder to pronounce, the difference they make is more than aesthetic. Without a complete set of teeth, chewing can add extra stress to your remaining teeth and jaw, and you may find chewing and swallowing more difficult. That can cause indigestion and make it more difficult for you to absorb nutrients from your food. Additionally, missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift around, which can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Without stimulation from your tooth root, your jawbone will eventually shrink.
While there are various options for missing tooth replacement, dental implants are the only ones that can restore full functionality and protect you against all the health impacts of missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a complete denture, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime without replacement. Most patients who are healthy enough for oral surgery are good candidates for dental implants. Your dentist will use Cone Beam CT scans to evaluate your gums and jaw and plan your procedure so we can approach your implant without any surprises.
What to expect from the process
Placing dental implants is a process that can take several months to complete, and it will look a little different for each patient. Dental implants are screw-shaped rods placed directly into the jawbone to simulate a tooth root. Typically, you will need to wait a few weeks after tooth loss or extraction to have the implant placed. A single missing tooth will require a single implant, where crowns and complete dentures can be placed on 2-6 implants, all of which can be placed in a single procedure. Some patients may need bone or tissue grafts to support their implant.
Once the implant is in place, it will take a few months before it is fully integrated with your jawbone. Next, we will attach the abutments and take impressions to create your prosthetics. Once your replacement teeth are in place, we will continue to work with you to support your oral health and prevent future procedures whenever possible. To learn more, contact our offices in Manhattan at (212) 671-3749 or Brooklyn at (718) 618-9698 today to set up a consultation.