For patients on the Upper West Side of New York City as well as those in the Staten Island area, Dr. LoPresti offers expert implant placement and restoration treatments. Dr. LoPresti can help patients with replacing missing teeth with the use of comfortable, natural looking dental implants. Dr. LoPresti completes all procedures related to implants including the placement so that there is no need to go to multiple offices.
Implant Placement and Restoration Q & A
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial replacements for a missing tooth and tooth root. These replacements are attached to a patient’s jaw bone just as a natural tooth would be and are secured using a special post which is commonly made from titanium or a titanium alloy. The dental implants are designed to look and act just like a normal tooth including withstanding pressure normally put on teeth. Since dental implants are attached to the jaw bone, they not only help replace a missing tooth but also stabilize the jaw and help it to maintain its shape and density.
How are Implants Placed?
The implant procedure typically requires three visits to complete. During the initial visit, the patient will have the post of the implant installed into his or her jawbone. The post in then left to fuse with the bone for a period of several weeks. The next visit will address the making of the actual artificial tooth. During this visit, the patient will have an impression made of their teeth and the gap in order to create a replacement which fits perfectly. During the final visit, the artificial tooth is attached to the post and shaped to blend with the surrounding teeth.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Implants have been used to replace missing teeth for over 30 years. The stability of these implants comes from the titanium which is used in the post. Titanium is known as a biocompatible metal, meaning that it is accepted by the body and securely fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. By providing this strong foundation, dental implants have made a name for themselves as the most stable replacement for teeth. Additionally, dental implants are the only tooth restoration option which stimulates the bone underneath the missing tooth and helps to support natural jaw function and soft tissue health.