Dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile with replacement teeth that look and feel just like natural teeth. At Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS, in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, experienced dentist Dr. Marshall offers dental implants that restore the appearance and function of missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, call the New York City office or use the online booking tool.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root similar to a screw or metal post. Dr. Marshall inserts a dental implant into the socket of a missing tooth. The implant then fuses with your jawbone.
By itself, an implant isn’t a replacement tooth. Rather, it supports a replacement tooth, or crown. Of all the ways to replace missing teeth, implants look and feel the most natural. An implant-supported replacement tooth fits into the space left by a missing tooth.
When you have an implant, your teeth stay in their natural positions and can work together with the way they’re designed to do.
Unlike removable dentures, Implants don’t slip within in your mouth or cause problems with chewing and speech. Implants allow you to restore and maintain your smile.
Implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full set of teeth. The process for receiving implants may vary depending on your dental needs and oral health.
\For example, if you need a full set of replacement teeth, Dr. Marshall may recommend All-on-4® implants, a procedure in which you receive four implants that each support multiple teeth, rather than installing many individual implants.
Implants are easiest to install if you have healthy gums and a strong jawbone. If you’ve experienced gum disease or bone loss in your jaw, you may need a procedure to rebuild your jawbone so that it’s strong enough to support implants.
It’s also important to consider your overall health when deciding to get implants. The procedure to install dental implants is safe and low risk.
However, if you have diabetes or an autoimmune disease, you should consult Dr. Marshall and any specialists with whom you work before getting implants.
Dental implants require multiple office visits. During the first visit, Dr. Marshall places the implant post into your jawbone. For your comfort, he doesn’t use drills, and he uses a device called a surgical guide to ensure he places the implant in the right position.
Before continuing the process, your gums need to heal, and the implant needs to integrate with your jawbone so it’s sturdy enough to support your replacement tooth.
This may take up to three months. Although that may seem like a lot of waiting, keep in mind that your implant-supported replacement tooth can last the rest of your life with proper care.
Once the implant is securely part of your jawbone, Dr. Marshall installs an abutment or extension. This part sits above your gums and directly supports the replacement tooth.
The next step is to take impressions of your teeth. A lab uses these to construct your replacement tooth. At your last appointment, Dr. Marshall attaches the replacement tooth to the abutment.
To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment at Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS online or over the phone.