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Dental Implants — New York City, NY

Replace One or More Missing Teeth for Life

Do you need to replace one or more teeth? Consider restorative care with dental implants in New York City, NY. This versatile service can help you achieve results that are more lifelike and natural than what you can get with traditional prosthetics. That’s because implants have a structure that mimics nature’s design, including a crown to replace your missing tooth and a titanium implant that takes the place of your missing tooth root. This combination yields results that are strong, functional, and beautiful. If you’re ready to replace one or more missing teeth for life, give us a call today to schedule your dental implant consultation.

Why Choose Drs. Boyd For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Diagram of dental implants in New York City

Dental implants are small posts that are surgically placed within a patient’s jawbone. A titanium alloy is the material of choice for the majority of dental implants. That’s because this metal is extremely biocompatible; almost no one is allergic to it, it is non-corrosive, it is very strong, and it bonds well with tissues in the human body. In rare instances, a patient cannot receive titanium implants, in which case a non-metal alternative, such as zirconia, may be used. As the bone heals, it forms a bond with the implant(s), which allows the restorations that will eventually go on top of them to have the strongest base possible. This bond may also help to prevent the bone loss in the jaw that often occurs after tooth extractions.

For your implants to reach their full potential, they must be paired with functional, aesthetically pleasing restorations. Dr. Boyd in New York City always takes great care when designing new teeth. Detailed images and impressions will guide them as they determine how restorations should be crafted to provide you with a comfortable bite and attractive appearance.

Porcelain is one of the best materials for implant restorations because it is durable, and it closely resembles the look of natural teeth. However, acrylic is also a suitable option; although it does not last as long as porcelain, it may be a good choice for individuals who need to replace all their teeth.

Once your restorations are firmly in place, you will be able to treat them similarly to how you would treat your natural teeth. You’ll also be able to speak with confidence, eat almost anything without worry, and smile like you mean it!

The Dental Implant Process

Once the Drs. Boyd have determined that dental implants are the best option for your restorative needs during an initial consultation, the first major step of the procedure is to surgically insert them into the jawbone. Here, they will form strong bonds with the jawbone and create a healthy foundation for your replacement teeth. We work with highly trusted specialists in the area to ensure success for this vital procedure, and our patients’ mouths will need a handful of months to properly heal following it.

Once the dental implants are sturdily in place and ready for restoration, our dentists will look forward to welcoming patients back into our Manhattan dental office. Several options are available, and our recommendation will depend on number of implants that need coverage, the patient’s personal preferences, and other important factors.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

One of the most outstanding features of dental implants is that they replace both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. However, that does not mean that if you have suffered extensive tooth loss, you need to get one implant to replace each tooth. Your implant placement dentist will strategically plan your surgery so that it is as minimally invasive as possible while still providing your new teeth with the support they need to thrive.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, most people are viable candidates for dental implants. Even if certain factors, such as bone loss or tobacco use, make your case more complex, a skilled dentist may be able to navigate around such obstacles and help you to enjoy the many benefits that implants offer.

Missing 1 Tooth

Diagram of a single tooth dental implant in New York City

If only one tooth needs to be rebuilt, an implant crown is the ideal solution. The Drs. Boyd use superior aesthetic materials including all-porcelain crowns to ensure a virtually seamless result, and the placement of the new crown won’t disrupt the health of surrounding teeth either. It will feel like we’ve essentially turned back the clock on your natural smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Implant bridge replacing multiple missing teeth in New York City

Have you lost multiple teeth along the same arch? If they appeared in a row, an implant bridge may be the right choice for reconstruction. Traditional bridges require healthy teeth to be filed down for accommodation, which harms the patient’s continuing oral health. Implant bridges, on the other hand, are held in place by two placed implants that appear on either side of the gap. The final result is healthier, stronger, and longer-lasting!

Missing All Teeth

Diagram depicting an implant denture in New York City

If you are facing extreme tooth loss or have been struggling with the pitfalls of a traditional denture for years, consider implant-retained dentures as an excellent alternative. The personalized prosthetic will only require a small number of placed implants for support, which will likely be more cost-effective than if each lost tooth was replaced with its own unique implant. The final result provides improved health, much better stability, and a renewed sense of self-confidence.

There are two major types of implant dentures, and we’ll be happy to help patients determine which one best fits their personal situation. Hybrid prosthetics are fixed permanently in place over the implants so that they essentially act like natural teeth. Alternatively, overdentures attach to implants while still remaining removable in nature like traditional dentures.

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We understand – no one wants to spend an extended period of time without a full set of confident and stable teeth. If you’ve experienced severe tooth loss and are desperately in need of a fast solution, consider All-on-4! Like the name implies, our dentists will utilize four or six implants to seat a full, custom-made prosthetic. These implants will be angled at strategic positions in order to accommodate a new row of teeth, which can be placed immediately after the implants in most cases. Thus, the patient walks in with an incomplete smile and walks out with newly replenished teeth they can wholeheartedly count on.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Model implant and money stacks symbolize cost of dental implants in New York City

Every dental implant treatment is tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of the patient. Therefore, the total cost of your dental implant treatment will also be unique. Here are a few of the major factors that go into determining your financial responsibility for your new smile:

While implants present a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement methods, they are a worthy investment because of all of the long-term benefits they provide.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

New York City implant dentist pointing to a dental X-ray

Dental implant treatment is a precise procedure. In order for it to succeed, it is important that a patient’s bone structure is able to support the implants and bond properly with them. Otherwise, the tooth replacement procedure may fail. At Drs. Boyd, we carefully evaluate each patient’s oral anatomy before we plan to place dental implants in New York City. If we determine that your bone cannot currently support them, there is no reason to lose heart. We offer advanced dental implant procedures in New York City, NY that can build up your bone and may make you a viable candidate for dental implants.

Bone Grafting

Before and after bone grafting in New York City diagram comparison

After you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to be resorbed — that is to say, the body recycles the bone so its raw materials can be used for other purposes. While this natural process is very efficient, is it not advantageous for patients who wish to receive dental implants. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone in your jaw due to resorption, we may recommend that you receive a bone graft in New York City

The grafting procedure is fairly straightforward. First, an incision is made in the gums to access the jawbone. Then, the grafting material, which may be taken from a different place in your own body or an outside donor, is placed in the weakened area. After the graft is in place, the incision is closed and you’ll go home to heal. Then, your body takes over. It bonds with the graft, resulting in a larger, healthier jawbone.

Depending on your unique circumstances, you might be able to receive a dental implant at the same time as your bone graft. In most cases, however, it is necessary to wait to insert the implant until after the grafting material has bonded with the body.

Sinus Lifts

Diagram showing a sinus lift in New York City

A sinus lift in New York City is a special type of bone graft. It fortifies your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. This is often necessary because just above that area is your sinus cavity. If there is not enough bone in your jaw, dental implants might penetrate it entirely, rupture the membrane that lines your sinus cavity, and end up in your sinus. Even if you plan to receive implants shortly after losing your teeth, you may need a sinus lift because the size and shape of the sinus varies from person to person, and it tends to expand with age.

The sinus lift procedure gets its name from the fact that it literally raises the sinus cavity to make room for dental implants. During the surgical procedure, an incision is made in your gums and a small opening is created in the jawbone to expose the sinus membrane. The membrane is gently pushed upward and away from your jaw. Then, the new empty space is packed with a grafting material. Finally, the incision is closed so you can begin the healing process. Between four and nine months later, you may be eligible to receive dental implants.

Dental Implant Salvage

X-ray after dental implant salvage in New York City

Dental implants are successful in the vast majority of cases, but it is possible that one will fail due to infection or a range of other causes. If you notice that one of your implants is not functioning or feeling like it should, schedule an appointment with us right away. We will evaluate your implant, determine the cause of the problem, and recommend a treatment plan that may be able to save your restored smile. 

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