Dental Implants – Yorktown Heights, New York
If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually all foods with comfort. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence knowing that their teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Dental implants may be the most advanced treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth and are designed to be a long lasting solution for a beautiful smile. With dental implants you can smile, talk and eat with more comfort and increase your self confidence.
Dr. Wetzler has completed extensive training in dental implants and continues to expand his knowledge through continuing education.
Dental implants will restore your health and your smile. Schedule your appointment today.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, you will undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During this consultation visit, Dr. Wetzler will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and dental insurance benefits at this time. There are many types of dental benefits, and coverage for implants varies. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Dr. Wetzler performs these procedures in the comfort of our office.
Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors including density of bone.For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Wetzler will uncover the implants through a minor procedure and attach a small healing collar. After a few weeks, your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth.
What Types of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended and the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional. Dr. Wetzler will guide you on the best way to approach your situation.