Dental Implants Mt. Kisco, NY
Dental Implant Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Arnoldt, Dr. Baker, and Dr. Lieberman are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Arnoldt, Dr. Baker, or Dr. Lieberman perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
CT Guided Implant Surgery is another example of the cutting-edge care delivered at SBOMS. Using the CT scan obtained in our office, the surgeons can perform a “virtual surgery,” where the implants are placed on a 3-D scan of our patient. Those images can then be used to fabricate a surgical guide. A surgical guide fits over a patient’s teeth in a similar fashion to a mouthguard. However, this guide can be used to translate the surgery that was performed on the CT scan to the patient in an extremely precise manner. Access holes in the guide allow specialized instruments to place the implants in the exact location they were placed in the virtual surgery. Being able to precisely replicate the virtual surgery has resulted in less grafting and less invasive surgery for our patients. Often CT Guided implants can be placed without and incision!
South Bedford Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
I had a very complicated case involving two major in-hospital surgeries 6-months apart -- first a jaw resection and later a bone graft to the jaw. Then I had two dental implants 6-months after the second surgery. Dr. Lieberman did both my jaw surgeries. He explained everything to me and I felt very comfortable and confident that everything was going to be fine. He did a great job. He called me at home to see how I was doing after each surgery. The office even sent me flowers! Dr. Arnoldt did my dental implants. I've had some issues with my gums around my implants, but that is because of the nature of my jaw surgery. Dr. Arnoldt took care of my problem and continues to monitor me on a regular basis. SBOMS is a top notch practice with caring doctors.
- Arlene C