If you have missing teeth that you would like to have replaced, dental implants done by Elliot Ostro, DMD, represent the most advanced method available today. They’re safe, effective, and the not only look, but also feel very much like natural teeth do. If your missing teeth is visible (in the front of your mouth), our New York City dental implants will give you back your full smile. But even if it’s a back tooth, missing teeth often lead to shifting teeth and this can cause discomfort and a bite that’s off.
Compared to older and more traditional dental restorations like bridges and dentures, dental implants have some obvious advantages. First, they don’t slide around in your mouth nor do they require the use of messy adhesive to keep them in place. Your surrounding teeth remain unaffected by the placement of our New York City dental implants. Bridges are anchored to the tooth on either side by drilling down those teeth and placing crowns on them. With dental implants, you keep your remaining teeth intact.
How do dental implants work? First, you must be considered a good candidate for having one. This means that your gums must be in generally good health and that your jaw bone must be strong enough to hold the implant, a titanium rod that is inserted into it. Over the course of a few months, your bone grows around the implant causing it to fuse. This makes it both strong and permanent. But what if your jaw bone isn’t strong enough? Bone grafting, in which bone is harvested from elsewhere on your body and used to bolster your jaw bone, makes it possible for you to benefit from our New York City dental implants regardless. Personal habits like smoking and certain diseases such as diabetes can also affect your qualifications for dental implants. Dr. Ostro will discuss this with you. Once your implant is securely fused, a tooth-colored crown will be cemented on top to complete the process. The rate of success for dental implants is about 98%, so you can feel confident in choosing them.