Upper East Side Dental Implant Specialist
If you are looking for Dental Implants in the Upper West Side area of Manhattan, Bauer Dental Arts provides some of the best cosmetic dentistry in the area. Our implants act as titanium roots to replace missing or damaged teeth. Every tooth has two main sections, the crown and the root. The root is the section of tooth that is just below the gumline. When a tooth is lost or extracted, our Upper East Side Dentist will utilize a dental implant to act as an artificial replacement for the root.
HISTORY OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY
The backbones for modern cosmetic dentistry came when Swedish surgeon Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered that living bone tissue and titanium come into contact and form a permanent biological adhesion bond, growing together. This phenomenon was named “osseointegration”, which showed how bone tissue heals.
Today, bridges and crowns placed on dental implants should look and feel like your own teeth. Our Upper East Side dental implants have become the top standard of care. Implants are no longer experimental and are available at most cosmetic dentists.
Modern dental implants have shown in studies that success rate is as high as 98%, with little to no discernible bone loss. In the hands of our trained Upper East Side dentists, dental implants are a safe alternative to old-fashioned bridges and dentures.
HOW DOES DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT WORK?
There are 2 phases in dental implant treatment. The first is a Surgical Phase where the implant is positioned properly in your jawbone. Here, it will replace the root of the missing tooth and fuse with the bone, known as “osseointegration.” Then comes the Restorative Phase where your bone and root of your tooth are restored. Our advanced Upper East Side dental implants are not susceptible to periodontal disease or tooth decay. In most cases these implants last a lifetime and are considered permanent.
IMPLANTS VS. BRIDGES
Here are several reasons to choose our Upper East Side dental implants over fixed bridges:
The Cost: This will depend upon the type and number of implants you need, the replacement of a single tooth with an implant costs about as much as a dental bridge.
A dental bridge may require “cutting down” adjacent teeth to install a crown. With dental implant treatment, there is no need to damage teeth that are healthy.
- With a bridge, some bone surrounding the tooth can begin to deteriorate. Dental implants directly integrate with your jawbone, keeping your bone healthy and intact.
- In the long term, an implant is aesthetically pleasing and easier to keep cleansed than a bridge. Gums around a bridge may recede, leading to a visible defect when the metal base of the bridge starts to expose.
IMPLANTS VS. DENTURES
There is good news if you wear dentures; even complete dentures can now be supported by implants, also known as an overdenture.
- If you have missing teeth, this may contribute to bone loss making the “fitting” of traditional dentures difficult, sometimes impossible. Dental implants help stop the progressive bone loss by acting like the roots of natural teeth, leading your jaw to stay healthy.
Dentures can also place damaging pressure on remaining natural teeth, not something you have to worry about with implant treatment.
- On the other hand, an implant-supported denture is completely stable, and there wont be a need to use adhesives or be concerned that your teeth are moving from their place.
- Your overall speaking abilities will be much improved
- When it comes to eating, natural teeth can absorb biting pressure of up to 540 lbs. per square inch. If you had dentures for a while, you probably can absorb no more than 50 lbs. per square inch. Dental implants however can withstand 450 lbs. per square inch of biting pressure.
- Another effect of a full upper denture is that it covers the palate of the mouth which decreases the ability to taste foods. When one uses dental implants, a palate isn’t required so one can taste and enjoy their food.
POST-DENTAL IMPLANT CARE
- While our Upper East Side dentists recommend regular oral hygiene for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important if you received a recent dental implant treatment. Bacteria can form sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly kept clean, causing gums to swell and jaw bones to recede. It may even weaken the dental implants and make it necessary for the implant to be replaced or removed. Patients are advised to visit their Upper East Side dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their smile and implants.