Dental Implants – New York City, NY
The Modern Gold Standard for Replacing Teeth
It probably goes without saying that losing even a few teeth can have dramatic repercussions on your oral health and your life overall. The best solution is to have your natural teeth reimplanted, but that often isn’t possible; thus, the next best thing is to find a replacement that accounts for the entire missing dental structure. That is where dental implants come in, as they offer many benefits that you would miss out on with a more traditional replacement option. Call today to set up your initial consultation with Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Shim to discuss replacing missing teeth with dental implants in New York City, NY.
Why Choose FS Dental Arts
for Dental Implants?
- Complete Implant Services In-House
- A Uniquely Welcoming Environment
- Beautiful, Long-Lasting Restorations
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small post made from titanium. It doesn’t look much like a tooth, but that is because it’s not the part that other people are supposed to see. Instead, it is actually inserted into the jawbone via surgery. Then a crown or bridge or denture can be attached to it. That way, the restoration can fill in the empty space above the gums while the implant post acts as an artificial root, holding the new tooth or teeth in place.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
- Consultation: The first thing we need to determine during your initial consultation is whether you’re a good candidate for implants. Bone grafts and other treatments may be needed to prepare your mouth beforehand.
- Dental Implant Surgery: Placing implants in your jaw is a minor surgery that we can handle in-office thanks to our periodontist, Dr. Eunjung Shim.
- Osseointegration and Abutment: We will wait between three and six months for your implant to fuse with the jawbone. Then we will attach abutments to the implant posts. An abutment is a small piece of metal that connects the restoration to the implant.
- Final Restoration: After the abutment has been placed and your mouth has healed, we can take the impressions to make your final restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Versatility: Implants can be used to support basically any restoration, meaning they can replace any number of missing teeth.
- Improved Stability: Dental implants can be used to chew all kinds of foods, including those that might give traditional denture-wearers trouble.
- Improved Health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and keep it healthy. They also let you enjoy a varied and nutritious diet.
- Easy Maintenance: Taking care of dental implants is very similar to taking care of your natural teeth.
- Longevity: As long as you’re taking good care of them, you can expect implants to last 30 years or longer.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Not everyone is qualified to get dental implants. You need enough jawbone density to support the posts, and your smile needs to be free of gum disease and other infections. We can perform an examination to determine whether you’re eligible for implants before you move forward with the procedure. The next steps will largely depend on how many teeth are missing, as the number of implant posts required as well as the type of restoration they support will have to be taken into account.
Missing One Tooth
The simplest dental implant process is the use of a single implant post and crown to replace a lone missing tooth. The implant is all that’s needed to hold the crown in place; there’s no need for us to make any alterations to your teeth, so the rest of your natural smile is preserved.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Thanks to the versatility of implants, there are a couple of different approaches to using them to replace multiple teeth. They can be used to support a dental bridge if you only need to fill in a single gap left by multiple consecutive teeth, but they are also useful for supporting partial dentures.
Missing All of Your Teeth
It normally takes around 4 to 6 implants to support full dentures, although the exact number may vary depending on the techniques use and the size of your jawbone. Dentures are often permanently attached to implants, but there’s also an option to make them removable if you would prefer.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide the most comprehensive solution for replacing missing teeth. That said, you’ll want to know about the overall price of the procedure before committing to anything. We can give you an estimate to work with after your initial consultation. When considering the price, remember that dental implants can last for decades while traditional bridges and dentures are more likely to break or wear down to the point of needing to be replaced in just 10 years or so. Read on to learn more about the cost of dental implants in New York.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Our team will assess your oral health and decide whether you’ll require preliminary treatments to ensure the success of your restorations. Many patients have to undergo preparatory procedures such as gum disease therapy, bone grafting, or even tooth extractions before they can start the implant treatment. While these can increase the overall cost, they’ll be essential for building up your smile again.
The surgical placement will also impact the price of your dental implants. The exact amount you’ll pay will be impacted by several factors like the location in your mouth where the metal posts will be placed and the kind of sedation or anesthesia used during your appointment. Fortunately, we perform your entire implant process in-office, so you won’t have to worry about traveling to an outside specialist.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Other than the process itself, the parts of your dental implants will also affect how much you’ll pay. Here are several components to consider:
- Number of implants – Rebuilding a single tooth with one dental implant will cost less than having to restore an entire arch. That said, getting an implant denture will be more cost-effective than receiving multiple individual crowns and bridges.
- Type of restoration – Your implants will have restorations fitted on top of them, each with its unique price. For instance, a dental crown will cost much less than a full denture.
- Materials and size – Implants are constructed from various materials, such as zirconia and titanium, and they also come in different sizes, which can influence the overall cost.
- Brand of dental implants – While several companies manufacture dental implants, our team only works with the highest-quality products to rebuild your missing pearly whites.
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
Dental implants do come with a high upfront price, but you’ll be happy to see how cost-effective they are in the long run. Unlike traditional restorations, like dental bridges and dentures, your implants will be directly embedded in your jawbone. Not only will they provide a more stable and lifelike foundation for your new teeth, but they’ll also help preserve your other natural pearly whites and be more comfortable for your gum line. You also won’t have to repair or adjust your restorations as frequently, which can save you more money over the years.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
While every insurance plan is different, many won’t offer coverage for the entire dental implant process. If anything, they’ll help cover a portion or percentage of the procedure, such as your restoration(s) or any necessary preliminary treatments. For this reason, you’ll want to confirm the details of your policy with your provider before beginning any work on your smile. You can even speak with our friendly and knowledgeable staff, as we can help you navigate your insurance plan and capitalize on your benefits to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
If you don’t currently have dental insurance, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to break the bank to rebuild your missing teeth. At FS Dental Arts, we understand the importance of having a complete smile and being able to afford the necessary treatments to achieve this. That’s why we are partnered with CareCredit—a third-party financier that can split up the cost of your dental procedures into monthly installments. These plans often come with little to no interest, meaning you’ll be able to stay within your budget while effectively restoring your smile!
Dental Implant FAQs
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you know how difficult it can be to complete daily tasks, like eating, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Fortunately, dental implants are available to give you your smile back, but you may still have some unanswered questions about the process. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about dental implants in New York. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The lifespan of dental implants typically depends on the health and lifestyle choices of the patient. To ensure that dental implants last, it’s important to brush, floss, and rinse with a mouthwash on a daily basis. See your dentist regularly, and avoid chewing on anything particularly hard or sticky. With proper maintenance, dental implants can last upwards of 30 years. This is several times longer than traditional bridges and dentures.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
The jawbone doesn’t have very many nerve endings, and your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You will also most likely be sedated, lowering your body’s ability to register pain. While the surgery itself shouldn’t hurt, your mouth may be sore for a few days afterward. This can be managed by taking recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain medication as directed. Cold compresses can also help. If discomfort worsens instead of improving after two or three days, give us a call.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
For most patients who are in good health, dental implants are very successful when placed by a qualified professional. If you have low jawbone density or gum disease, these issues will need to be addressed ahead of time to make dental implant surgery safer and more successful. If you have diabetes, cancer, or another medical condition that could make surgery or healing risky, we will discuss this during your consultation. Your health is our number one priority.
Am I Too Young to Get Dental Implants?
Most dental professionals will not place implants in patients who are younger than 18. If dental implants are placed before the jaw is finished growing, it could interfere with further bone development and potentially result in complications. Most people’s jaws aren’t fully developed until young adulthood. Some people’s jaws take until their mid-20s to fully develop. In general, men’s jaws take longer to develop than women’s jaws do. During your consultation, we will discuss whether or not dental implants are the right option for you at this time.