Are you tired of suffering with missing teeth? Putnam Dental Associates, our team of dentists can renew your smile with dental implants. Our Brewster, NY, practice is home to expert implantologists who can place these prosthetic tooth roots, which allow you to chew and speak with total efficiency and confidence. When your implants have fully integrated with your jaw, we can use CEREC® technology to quickly create a custom restoration. While many practices must refer certain phases of this treatment to other practices, we are often able to complete every step of this treatment in our office. During your initial consultation, your dentist can evaluate your candidacy for implants and explain the treatment timeline. We will also explain our convenient financing and insurance options, which can help you budget for this often life-changing treatment.
Dental implants are small posts usually made from titanium. During placement surgery, the implant is inserted directly into the jawbone. Over the course of three to six months, they become fused with the bone tissue. Once the implant is topped with a restoration, patients can experience the same level of function their natural teeth provided. If you are missing teeth and have ample bone tissue in your jaw, you are probably a candidate for implants. If you have delayed addressing a missing tooth, you have probably experienced some degree of bone atrophy in the jaw. In this case, a bone graft may be necessary before you can receive implants.
Doctor Ern, DDS, Doctor Zusin, DDS, Doctor Holz, and Doctor Cafarelli, DMD are accomplished implantologists who can help you experience the best possible benefits of a meticulously planned dental implant surgery.
After administering local anesthesia and sedation, your dentist will make small incisions in your gums. Next, the implants are inserted into the jaw, and the gums are sutured closed over the implants to facilitate healing. During this time, we can provide a temporary restoration. Once we have verified that your jaw has healed, abutment pieces can be attached to the implants, serving as the connection point between your implants and restorations. Next, we can take impressions of your implants and any surrounding teeth in order to create your permanent restoration.
The fact is that for most patients with missing teeth, there is no better restorative option than dental implants. While traditional restorations can improve the appearance of your smile and restore some degree of function, the effect is similar to trying to run a marathon in flip-flops - they are better than nothing, but you must expect some very uncomfortable friction and instability. Implants, on the other hand, connect your crown, bridge, or denture directly to your jaw. This stability allows you to eat corn on the cob, deliver a speech, and basically stop worrying about the function and appearance of your smile.
Meanwhile, dental implants can stop your jaw from changing shape. No other restorative treatment can provide this invaluable benefit. The stimulation that occurs when we use our teeth to chew maintains the amount of bone tissue in the jaw. When a tooth is lost, this signals to the body to begin distributing these bone cells elsewhere, causing the jaw to shrink, or atrophy. This is why traditional dentures must be frequently adjusted. Implant dentures, on the other hand, continue to deliver the necessary stimulation to the jaw, eliminating the need for denture adjustments and helping you maintain your oral health.