Dental implants are a superior replacement option when one or many teeth are missing. Losing teeth can be stressful and embarrassing, but now you have options to restore your confidence! See Dr. Bracy in the West Village, NYC to learn about your dental implant options. He has extensive training in dental implants through his postdoctoral residency training at the Manhattan VA Medical Center. He has completed hundreds of dental implant cases successfully and will provide you with personalized dental care. Book online or call (212) 390-8399 and ask for complimentary dental implant consultation!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a type of fixed restoration that stays in place in your mouth. You do not have to worry about plastic dentures or taking any teeth in or out at night. The base of a dental implant is much like a titanium screw. This screw mimics a tooth root and is placed in your jawbone. A crown is fixed to the implant either with cement or a screw. You might be confused about implant part terms, like custom abutments, but we will explain the whole process in easy to understand language at our West Village dental office. Book online now!
Reasons to Replace a Single Tooth With an Implant
Often patients will lose a tooth due to a failed root canal or very deep cavity and decide not to replace it with an implant because “no one can see it,” or “my insurance doesn’t cover implants.” In many cases, this is a mistake and can lead to unintended consequences.
First, the adjacent and opposing teeth can shift into the area of the missing tooth. This can dramatically affect the function and health of the adjacent teeth. Second, the bone in the area of the missing tooth can shrink away and also affect the health of the adjacent teeth. Finally, if you lose a tooth on the other side in the future, function can be compromised, and patients wish they replaced the first tooth to begin with.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are fixed in your mouth. They are like having your very own natural tooth. In many cases, they are a better choice to replace teeth than a dental bridge or removable denture. A dental bridge involves having procedures done to two adjacent teeth, so the bridge has something to rest on.
Both dental bridges and removable dentures are not as good for your jawbone as dental implants. Dental implants help preserve your bone, whereas the bone starts shrinking away over time with bridges and dentures. In many cases, patients elect to replace a failing dental bridge with implant options. Most importantly, dental implants restore your cosmetics and function if you lose a tooth.
What Brand of Implants Do You Use?
Dr. Bracy only uses the best quality, brand name dental implants, such as Straumann, Zimmer, and Nobel Biocare. This is a very important implant question to ask your dentist! Sometimes, you might see advertisements for a very low price dental implant. Often these implants are generic brands! These generic brand companies can go out of business, and cannot provide you with maintenance parts if something goes wrong years later. The same goes for having an implant done outside the United States. It might seem like a cost-saving move, but if something goes wrong, foreign or generic dental implant replacement parts may not be able to be ordered.
Don’t stress about replacing your missing teeth! Appointments with Dr. Bracy can be booked easily online or by calling (212) 390-8399. We have plenty of satisfied dental implant patients in the West Village and Chelsea, and patients from all over New York City come to us for care.