Dental Implants in Midtown East, NY
Madison Dental Arts provides dental implants on Madison Avenue in Midtown East, Manhattan. Call 212-532-1400 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental implants are an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth. An implant is a tiny post made of biocompatible titanium that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Overtime, the implant becomes integrated into the jawbone, replacing the tooth root. A dental crown then covers the implant, providing a durable and highly realistic replacement tooth. One implant can support one tooth replacement, while just a handful of implants can support an entire arch of replacement teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Durability and Strength: While dentures tend to slip and pinch, dental implants function very similarly to natural teeth. You will be able to eat your favorite foods with ease and, with proper care, dental implants can last a very long time.
Improved Oral Health: Traditionally if a tooth was extracted a bridge or removable parital denture would be made to replace the missing tooth. A bridge requires healthy tooth structure to be removed from the adjacent teeth in order to support the restoration. This weakens the teeth, putting them at risk for future issues as well as making oral hygiene more difficult. A partial also adds stresses to adjacent teeth and food is easily trapped. There are some instances where implants can not be placed and these types of restorations may be necessary but the first treatment option to be explored should be implants. Dental implants allow you to retain the healthy structure of the adjacent teeth as well as put off the need for a removable appliance.
Aesthetics and Speech: The replacement of teeth with implants are carefully designed to mimic your surrounding teeth. This leads to a highly realistic look and feel, allowing you to speak freely and smile broadly without anyone noticing.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a single dental implant including the tooth restoration usually ranges between $4500 and $5500. Because there are many options for dental implants and some patients need supplemental procedures like bone grafting, the total cost involved in getting dental implants varies from person to person. During your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate.
How long do dental implants last?
The implants themselves—the screw or post that is implanted into the jaw—are meant to last a very long time. However, it is of utmost importance to maintain the health of the gums and bone around your new implant with proper care and maintenance. It is the strength of the bone that will determine the longevity of the implant, which could even last a lifetime. They are a permanent replacement for the roots of missing teeth. The restorations attached to dental implants may need periodic replacement, but their lifespan depends on the amount of wear they receive.
How painful is a dental implant?
You won’t feel any pain during your dental implant surgery. The area where your implant is being placed is numbed before any work begins. After the surgery, you are likely to experience some discomfort around the implant site. Most patients report that the post-surgical pain from dental implants is less than that of a tooth extraction.
How can I get insurance to pay for dental implants?
As more dental insurance providers come to understand the unique benefits of dental implants, more are beginning to offer some coverage for the procedure. Some dental insurance plans cover the cost of dental implants; others do not cover the cost of the implants themselves, but cover the costs of the restorations attached to them. To understand your benefits, talk to your dental insurance provider or ask our billing coordinator for an estimate.
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
During dental implant surgery, we use local anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel any pain, but some patients prefer to also sleep through the procedure. In such cases, sedation can be used by one of the Oral Surgeons we work closely with. Sometimes known as twilight anesthesia, this sedation is milder than general anesthesia; although you are technically still conscious, you won’t be aware of the procedure and you won’t have a memory of it once the sedation wears off. If you choose sedation then you must always have someone accompany you to the appointment.
Do gums grow around implants?
Gum contouring can be performed around dental implant crowns to encourage the gums to grow around the restoration, which results in a more natural appearance.
Can I get a dental implant years after extraction?
Yes, even if it’s been many years or even decades since your tooth was extracted or lost, you can still get dental implants. Sometimes if a tooth has been missing for a long time, the bone that once held it in place begins to break down. When this occurs, you may need to have bone grafting or a sinus lift prior to implant surgery. These procedures rebuild the jaw bone, giving you the stable support you need for successful dental implant placement.
Which is better, dentures or dental implants?
Dental implants are preferable to traditional dentures because dentures only replace the visible portion of missing teeth, while dental implants replace the teeth both above and below the gum line. This prevents bone loss in the jaw, which results in a stronger bite and better facial aesthetics. Dental implants are always much more stable and secure than a denture without implants, when eating or speaking.