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If you have gaps in your teeth but dislike the temporary nature of dentures, implant dentistry offers a permanent alternative. Instead of a removable set of teeth, implant dentistry secures the artificial teeth directly to your jawbone. You’ll brush and floss your new teeth just like your natural teeth–and they’re virtually indistinguishable from the originals.

While the implant process can take several months to complete, the long-term solutions make implant dentistry worth your investment. Your dental implants could last the rest of your life if you take care of them like your natural teeth. Schedule an appointment with Chappaqua Dentistry to discuss your options.

What is Implant Dentistry?

Implant dentistry uses titanium posts to secure the implants directly to your jawbone, creating a permanent solution to missing teeth. While dental bridges and dentures have to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, dental implants stay in your mouth permanently. Just make sure you take care of them so you don’t damage the crown.

Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove implants to clean them–just brush your teeth like you would normally. The posts attach directly to the jawbone, making it virtually impossible for them to loosen or fall out. We’ll schedule regular checkups to ensure that your artificial teeth are still in place.

Who Benefits from Implant Dentistry?

You have multiple tooth replacement options when you visit our office. Implant dentistry might be right for you if you experience any of the following:

  • Tooth shifting and crowding
  • Jawbone loss due to gaps in your mouth
  • Frequent cavities and tooth decay
  • Gum infections
  • Difficulty eating and speaking normally
  • Loss of self confidence because of missing teeth

Before we start, we’ll discuss your lifestyle to ensure that you’re a good candidate. Certain medications and health conditions could disqualify you from implant dentistry. Additionally, a good candidate is willing to care for their teeth, avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, and attend multiple procedures over a long period of time.

Should You Choose Single or Multiple Implants?

If you have a single missing tooth, you’ll invest in a single implant. However, if you have multiple missing teeth in the same area, you may qualify for multiple implants. Instead of a titanium post for each tooth, they use a post to secure a bridge with multiple artificial teeth. This offers a more efficient way to fill the gap.

Multiple implants are cheaper than single implants because we don’t install every tooth separately. You may experience less discomfort and faster recovery times because we install fewer fixtures in your mouth. Like single implants, multiple implants seamlessly match your remaining teeth so they’re practically invisible.

However, since multiple implants use bridges instead of a post for each tooth, you may experience jawbone weakness. Single implants can cost a few thousand dollars each, but they last longer than multiple implants, which could make them cheaper in the long run. You can also floss between single implants, which isn’t always possible with multiple implants.

How Does Implant Dentistry Work?

Implant dentistry involves a set of procedures spaced out over time. Before we start, if you’re experiencing jawbone loss, we may perform a bone graft to make your jaw solid enough for the implants. Your bone graft could come from another part of your body or an outside source, like an animal. For large grafts, it might take several months for the bone to permanently fuse.

Once your jawbone is strong enough for surgery, you’ll come back to the office for the next procedure. We’ll make an incision in your gums to expose the bone, then attach a titanium post to your jawbone. Afterward, you’ll wait for the jawbone to fuse with the titanium post, which could also take several months.

Some people need a separate procedure to secure the abutment onto the posts. The abutment connects the crown to the titanium post, securing the artificial tooth in your mouth. During this surgery, we make another incision in your gums, attach the abutment to the post and close the incision around the abutment.

Once your jawbone has fused with the implants, we’ll schedule a final appointment to attach the crowns to your implants. We’ll use a small screw and dental cement to make your crowns a permanent fixture in your mouth. Finally, you’ll go back to eating, talking and chewing normally with a mouth full of sturdy teeth.

What Happens After the Procedure?

After surgery, you may experience pain, bleeding and swelling that gradually fades during the recovery process. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication to manage the discomfort while your mouth heals. To prevent damage to the surgical site, you might have to eat soft food for a period of time before advancing to solid food.

Implant dentistry comes with a small risk of complications, including infections, nerve damage, gum injuries or tooth damage. Our team plans every step of the procedure and monitors your condition afterward to reduce the risk as much as possible. Most patients have a normal recovery process and resume their schedule as soon as possible.

While implants are strong, you’ll need to practice good dental hygiene to retain them. After recovery, you’ll avoid chewing on hard foods like ice, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and avoid smoking and chewing tobacco. If you don’t maintain good habits, you’ll potentially damage the implants and require more surgeries when your remaining teeth decay and fall out.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you want a permanent solution to missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Chappaqua Dentistry. We’ll evaluate your teeth, review your medical history and discuss your options. Talk to us about your budget so you can choose the right implants for your price range. Afterward, you’ll make an informed decision with the information we gave you.

In addition to dental implants, crowns and bridges, we offer regular cleanings that can prevent missing teeth in the first place. Other dental services include cleanings, veneers, dental bonding, Invisalign, fillings, full mouth reconstruction and wisdom tooth extraction. Schedule your first appointment with us to see how we treat every patient with the same level of care.