Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants, often called teeth implants, look and function similar to natural teeth and provide a more permanent result. New York dental implant specialists often recommend them as the best option for those who have experienced tooth loss due to injury or periodontal (gum) disease. Implants can replace a single tooth or be used for a full mouth restoration.  Today, implants are changing the way people live and are often a desirable alternative to a full or partial denture or a bridge. Age is not typically a major factor, as implants have been performed on young people as well as the elderly.

Implant candidate characteristics:

  • General good health
  • Healthy gums
  • Sufficient underlying jawbone to support the implants
  • A good attitude to ensure that you follow through with vital oral hygiene habits and regular dental check-ups
  • Note: Smoking makes the likelihood that an implant may fail much greater.

Benefits of dental implants over dentures or bridges:

  • Aesthetic – Dental implants look and feel lifelike. They integrate into the structure of your bone, preventing the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.
  • Tooth saving – Dental implants don’t harm bordering teeth like a bridge may, which is essential to your long-term oral health. Bordering teeth are not changed to support the implant.
  • Comfort and fit – Dental implants eliminate the problems that can occur with dentures—slipping and sliding, mouth sores, and clicking sounds. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient.
  • Confidence – Dental implants allow you to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
  • Reliable – With proper hygiene and care, dental implants can last 20 years or more.

Treatment

  • At a New York Western New York Dental Group, your dental implants can be performed by a general dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist, or prosthodontist.
  • A complete medical and dental history and a thorough medical examination, including x-rays, are conducted. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving the outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended. 
  • For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, tiny titanium posts are placed into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. Because titanium isn’t recognized by the body’s immune system, there generally isn’t a risk of it being rejected the way other materials may be. 
  • For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
  • After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Your dentist will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. 
  • A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth—each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth on your upper and lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball-in-socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
  • The majority of dental implants and bone grafts can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
  • The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Our Dental Offices Near You

Western New York Dental Group Holland

9 North Main Street Holland NY 14080 (716) 537-2211

Western New York Dental Group Hamburg

5907 South Park Avenue Hamburg NY 14075 (716) 646-3912

Western New York Dental Group Blasdell

3860 McKinley Parkway Suite 200 Blasdell NY 14219 (716) 649-1307

Western New York Dental Group Orchard Park

3326 Southwestern Blvd Orchard Park NY 14127 (716) 677-4255
Fax (716) 677-4358
Orthodontics (716) 343-0847
Pediatrics 716-209-3331

Western New York Dental Group West Seneca

800 Harlem Road Suite 400 West Seneca NY 14224 716-824-5857

Western New York Dental Group Depew

6350 Transit Road Depew NY 14043 Main (716) 206-0718
Fax (716) 206-0728
Orthodontics (716) 343-0847

Western New York Dental Group Buffalo Main St

2121 Main St Suite 310 Buffalo NY 14214 (716) 832-3108

Western New York Dental Group Buffalo Delaware Ave

2290 Delaware Ave Suite 300 Buffalo NY 14216 (716) 885-1905

Western New York Dental Group Henrietta: Jefferson Road

1300 Jefferson Road Suite 300 Rochester NY 14623 (585) 625-1250

Western New York Dental Group Williamsville - Youngs Rd

1020 Youngs Road Suite 100, Youngs Center Williamsville NY 14221 716-636-1600
716-636-2595
Pediatrics 716-209-3331

Western New York Dental Group Brighton: Oral Surgery/Endodontics

2024 W. Henrietta Road Suite 5J Rochester NY 14623 (585) 292-1270

Western New York Dental Group Hopkins (formerly Dr.Steven Stern)

867 Hopkins Road Williamsville NY 14221 (716) 688-9639
Fax (716) 688-9698

Western New York Dental Group Getzville

2430 N Forest Rd Suite 200 Getzville NY 14068 (716) 636-8686
Orthodontics (716) 343-0847

Western New York Dental Group Penfield

43 Willow Pond Way Suites 107 & 112 Penfield NY 14526 585-421-8168

Western New York Dental Group Gates

2300 Buffalo Road Building 400 Rochester NY 14624 585-426-3020


Western New York Dental Group Tonawanda

88 Niagara Street Tonawanda NY 14150 (716) 343-6711

Western New York Dental Group Greece

1524 Ridge Road West Stoneridge Plaza Rochester NY 14615 Main (585) 865-2200

Orthodontics (585) 510-6353

Western New York Dental Group Webster

980 Ridge Road Webster NY 14580 Main (585) 667-1000

Western New York Dental Group Greece (Long Pond)

1100 Long Pond Road Suite 115 Rochester NY 14626 585-225-7790

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