Dental Implants in Carmel, NY
Carmel Dental Associates provides a range of dental implant services in Carmel, NY. Call 845-225-2224 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny screws made of biocompatible titanium that can actually replace natural tooth roots, providing a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, and then allowed to osseointegrate (fuse) with the jawbone for several months. After this process is completed, abutment posts are inserted and capped with replacement teeth. Although one dental implant can support a single replacement tooth, just a few implants can support multiple replacements.
Implant Supported Bridge
A dental bridge spans a run of adjacent missing teeth. While a traditional dental bridge is anchored to the existing teeth at each end, the preparation process actually damages those teeth. An implant supported bridge is anchored on two dental implants, protecting healthy adjacent teeth and providing a highly aesthetic and functional solution.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are an excellent way to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. “Snap on” implant supported dentures mirror traditional dentures in that they can be removed for cleaning or sleeping. However, they are far more secure than traditional dentures, as they actually lock onto two or more implants. This eliminates the rocking, slipping, and gum irritation associated with traditional dentures.
In addition, since the implants replace missing tooth roots, they actually help to prevent bone loss from the jawbone. Normally, when the tooth roots are gone, the jawbone begins to resorb into the body, creating the trademark hollow or sunken look that many denture wearers have. With the implants osseointegrated into the jawbone, this resorption process cannot occur. In fact, the implants stimulate bone growth, helping to reverse bone loss in long-time denture wearers.
For those who prefer a fixed, non removable set of replacement teeth, the All-on-Four can be an excellent solution. Just four implants are used to anchor an entire upper or lower arch of permanently attached replacement teeth. These implants are known as immediate-load, which means that the replacement teeth can be attached on the same day as the implants are placed rather than waiting several months for osseointegration to occur. This solution also means that no plastic palate is required for the upper teeth, allowing much more natural speaking and eating to occur.
Call 845-225-2224 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are meant to be a lifelong replacement for missing teeth. Once the implant posts and jawbone fuse together through a process called osseointegration, they should never need to be replaced. The restorations attached to your dental implants may need to be replaced at some point, but they can last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
How painful is a dental implant?
Many patients are surprised by how little pain they experience throughout the process of getting dental implants. During the surgery itself, your mouth will be numbed with local anesthetic injections, so you won’t feel any pain while we work. As the anesthetic wears off, you’re likely to feel discomfort, but over-the-counter pain medication is usually all that’s needed to manage this. Recovery from dental implants is often described as less painful than that of a tooth extraction.
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, dental implants are absolutely worth it. There’s simply no other option that restores the function, strength, and appearance of missing teeth in the same way. This is because dental implants are the only solution that replaces teeth both above and below the gumline. Patients who get dental implants are overwhelmingly thrilled with the results.
Can you get a temporary tooth while waiting for an implant?
Yes, if you need a dental implant to replace a tooth that’s visible when you smile, we can provide you with a temporary restoration to fill the gap while you wait for dental implant surgery or your permanent restoration.
Do dental implants have to be removed to clean?
Some dental implants have to be removed to be cleaned, but most can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures that snap into place should be removed and cleaned each day just like you would with traditional dentures.
Which is better, dentures or dental implants?
For most patients, dental implants are a better choice than traditional dentures. They prevent bone loss in the jaw, they feel more natural, and they’re more stable. That said, there are some circumstances in which dentures may be a better option. Ultimately, every patient is different, so the only way to determine which solution is best for you is to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants and dentures with our doctor.
Can implants be done with bone loss?
If you’ve already experienced bone loss, it doesn’t mean that you’re not a candidate for dental implants. All-on-Four dental implants may be an option if you need to replace a full arch of teeth and you’ve experienced some degree of bone loss. Otherwise, you may just need to get a simple bone grafting procedure or a sinus lift prior to dental implant surgery.