If you have teeth that are missing, or cannot be saved due to decay or injury, a dental implant may be for you. These versatile substitutes for a natural tooth replace teeth in a way that looks and feels completely natural. At Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine, the staff restores dental implants for a single missing tooth or a group of teeth. Patients living in Brooklyn in New York City can contact the office for a consultation or use the online booking agent.
Implants are a well-researched, successful procedure to replace missing teeth. They restore your ability to speak, eat, and smile confidently. A post in the bone holds a crown, or false tooth, that can then be fitted to a bridge or fixed dentures. You’ll then have the restoration implants or “false” teeth placed. These implants can stand alone or hold bridges or fixed dentures.
Implants have a 97% success rate and offer a predictable solution to decayed or lost teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, plus they help you maintain your normal smile and prevent potential atrophy of the gums and bones in areas where you’ve lost teeth.
Dentures can cause pressure on your jaw and gums, which accelerates the loss of bone. Loss of bone is what makes you look aged. Implants prevent this premature look of aging.
A crown can restore one tooth or several may be attached to a single implant.
When your implant post has fused with the bone and healed adequately, it’s ready for the metal abutment which is the anchor for the crown. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth with dental putty and sends the impression to a lab, which produces your crown.
You’re fitted with a temporary restoration to wear while you wait for the new crown. When the crown arrives, you’ll come back to the office to have it placed, and it blends seamlessly into your existing teeth.
With a bridge restoration, you go through the same process of a crown restoration, but for multiple teeth. They’re fixed to a bridge, which is a false tooth with two crowns attached to either side. The bridge slides into the space left by a missing tooth. A bridge is permanently cemented into your mouth, and cannot be removed like dentures.
If you have several missing teeth, the Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine staff may recommend a fixed denture, which is sealed in place with a dental implant.
You care for implants in the same manner as your natural teeth. Regular home brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings and checkups help your implants last for decades.