Dental Implant Surgery provides a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Our West 59th Street Oral Surgeon, Elliot Ostro, DMD, maintains healthy mouths while creating beautiful smiles for the whole family. Dr. Ostro keeps up to date with the latest advancement in dental implants and incorporates that technology into his practice. With a few exceptions, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery is a good candidate for a dental implant. Looking remarkably like your natural teeth, dental implants are new teeth made of metal and porcelain. One part is the titanium implant body that replaces the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant.
One advantage to dental implant surgery is improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip inside the mouth, causing you to slur or mumble, and dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip. Eliminating the discomfort and inconvenience of removable dentures, dental implants become a part of you, so your comfort follows. Functioning like your own teeth, you can also eat your favorite foods with confidence. Dental implants feel and look like your own teeth and because they are designed to fuse with your bone, they become permanent. With this in mind, healthy gums are a must before dental implants can be considered. There also needs to be enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw, which can be rebuilt, if necessary, using special procedures. There must also be a serious commitment to caring for the implants with proper flossing and brushing and definitely making regular check-up appointments with our West 59th Street Oral Surgeon.
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% and with proper care implants can last a lifetime. If you are a heavy smoker, suffer from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area, you will need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Our caring West 59th Street Oral Surgeon takes a personal interest in each and every patient to find out your history and goals in order to choose the best treatment plan. If you are considering dental implants, talk to Dr. Ostro to see if they are the best choice for you.