|Dental Implant FAQ
There are many dental procedures we can offer at our offices to give our patients the best smile possible. One option that works well when our patients need artificial teeth or dentures is a dental implant. At Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology we look forward to discussing all of the available options with you.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw surgically added to the jawbone, below the gumline, in the spaces where our patients have missing teeth. Once these implants are placed, they can help our professionals mount the replacement teeth, keeping them safe and secure in the mouth. The new tooth, which is a crown, will appear similar to any remaining natural teeth.
How Do These Implants Work?
Our dentists will fuse these implants into the jawbone, which allows them to provide stable support for all artificial teeth necessary to complete the patient’s smile. We can mount bridges and dentures to these implants so they remain in a fixed position and will not move around in your mouth, especially while you speak and chew food. Many patients worry about wearing dentures and bridges thinking they will interfere when they go about their day to day activities. These dental implants offer better security while wearing the denture appliance.
Who Is Eligible for Dental Implants?
Our dentists can discuss whether you are a candidate for dental implants. Before we decide to use implants, we require our patients to have healthy gums, enough bone support to hold onto the implant, and excellent habits for oral hygiene. If a patient meets these criteria, our dentists are happy to discuss dental implants with them.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two main types of dental implants we can recommend in our offices. The dental implant we offer our patients most frequently is endosteal implants. These are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. After waiting for the gum tissue around the implant to heal, our dentists will perform a second surgery to help connect a post to the original implant. We are then able to attach the artificial tooth to the post, either on its own, as a denture, or a bridge depending on your dental needs. The second type of implant we may suggest is the subperiosteal implants. If one of our patients comes in and does not have enough healthy bone for a traditional implant, we will recommend this type. To complete this implant, we will fit a metal frame onto the bone of the jaw, just below the gum tissue. Once the gums have time to heal, the frame adheres to the bone. Posts, which our dentists will attach to the frame, will protrude from the gums and allow us to mount the artificial teeth to them.
Dental implants are a good choice for many of our dental patients. At Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology, we are happy to discuss all available options for dental implants to see if they are the right choice for your dental needs. If you would like to know more and set up an appointment, please feel free to contact us at (516) 240-9072.
Roslyn Heights70 Glen Cove Rd, Roslyn Heights,
Phone: (516) 240-9072 ❘
Manhattan133 East 58th St, Ste 803,
Manhattan, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 235-1181 ❘