When you lose a tooth, the sturdiest and most permanent option for replacement is with dental implants. At Zenith Dental Arts in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Lior Neuman, DDS, offers ceramic implant restoration to give you a full and natural-looking smile. If you’ve lost a tooth and want a permanently restored smile with an implant, call or schedule your consultation online today.
What is implant restoration?
Implant restoration refers to teeth replacement with dental implants. If you lose an adult tooth, the most permanent way to replace it is with a dental implant. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots shaped like screws and secured directly into your jawbone. Dr. Neuman creates a custom false tooth (crown) to replace the missing one that looks exactly like your natural tooth. This prosthetic tooth is screwed into the implant and easily replaced if it is damaged.
How does implant restoration work?
To insert your dental implant, Dr. Neuman gives you a local anesthetic so you can’t feel the procedure while it’s happening.
First, if there is any part of the old tooth left over, Dr. Neuman removes it. He makes sure that the tissues in your gums surrounding the implant area are sturdy, then makes a small incision and drills a hole into your jawbone before placing the implant. Using an X-ray, he makes sure that the implant is sturdy and in the correct place.
Placing the implant takes less than an hour, but you’ll need to return for a second appointment to have the new crown put into place after a waiting period while your implant fuses with your jawbone.
During your follow-up appointment, he makes sure that the tissue in your gums surrounding the implant is secure. If your gums begin to recede after your surgery, he may recommend a tissue graft.
What are the benefits of implants?
There are many benefits to choosing implant restoration over bridges and other options for teeth replacement. They include:
- Ease of eating and speaking
- Prevention of teeth drifting out of place
- Low maintenance
- Improved appearance of your smile
Since implants are inserted into your jaw, they are nearly as strong and durable as your natural teeth. Dr. Neuman uses ceramic prosthetic teeth for implants, so they have a similar appearance in color and texture to the rest of your smile.
Does implant restoration hurt?
At Zenith Dental Arts, Dr. Neuman uses local anesthetics to prevent you from feeling any pain. You may feel a bit sore for about a week after the treatment, so Dr. Neuman may prescribe pain-relieving medication to help you manage it.