Losing one or more teeth might sound like a burden for your finances and your time, especially with replacement options like bridges and dentures requiring replacements every few years. These removable options can also cause more complications for your oral health and functioning. At the office of Steven A. Talerman DDS in Roslyn, New York, Dr. Talerman provides dental implants to qualified patients who want durable, permanent restorations. To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, call the office or book a consultation online today.

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What is the purpose of dental implants?

Dental implants act as anchors to hold in crowns or dentures that replace missing teeth. By using dental implants, your new teeth feel almost exactly the same as your old teeth, and you can use them with the full force of your bite. They’re permanent, so you don’t need to worry about them coming out on their own.

The implants themselves look like metal screws or posts. During a surgical procedure at Dr. Steven Talerman DDS, the oral surgeon on staff places the implants in your jawbone. Your bone naturally bonds with the implants, making them even sturdier.

Once in place, they act just like the natural roots of your teeth to hold your restorations in place. They also prevent bone loss in your jawbone, which often occurs after you lose a tooth.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Before you undergo surgery to get dental implants, you’ll need to consult with the team at Dr. Steven Talerman DDS. They ask about your general health and the history of your oral health.

They also perform imaging procedures like 3D cone beam radiography to view your jawbone and make sure it’s sufficient enough to support implants. Even with bone loss, you might still be a candidate for dental implants with a bone graft.

The team might decide you’re a good candidate for dental implants if:

  • You’re generally healthy
  • Your jawbone is finished growing
  • You don’t smoke
  • You want sturdy, dependable replacements for one, some, or all of your teeth
  • You’re committed to maintaining your oral health and hygiene

The team might encourage you to consider getting dental implants if you’ve lost one or more of your teeth to gum disease, tooth decay, age, or an injury.

What should I expect during dental implant surgery?

The process of getting dental implants involves more than just a single surgery and healing period. After X-ray imaging and planning, the team cuts an incision in your gum.

If any part of the original tooth remains, they remove it. Then, they fix the implant into the bone before closing the incision.

Your surgeon at Dr. Steven Talerman DDS can place implant-supported dentures, implant-supported bridges, or single implant crowns. They also offer full-mouth and partial dental implants.

If you’re replacing a single tooth, you only need one implant. For implant-supported dentures, you’ll need four in total spread evenly across your jawbone.

After placing the implant, you’ll wait for some time before your next appointment. The team at Dr. Steven Talerman DDS creates your high-quality restorations to ensure they look and function just like your original teeth once they’re attached to the implant.

During a second procedure, the team reopens the incision to access the implant and place an attachment piece called an abutment. The abutment is responsible for holding the crown or denture onto the implant.

After you’ve healed and your crown or denture is ready, the team attaches it to the abutment. For implant-supported dentures, you may have a choice between a fixed device that stays in place or a removable device that you can snap on and off the implants.

To find out if dental implants are your best option for tooth replacement, call Steven A. Talerman DDS or book an appointment online today.