Introduction to Dental Implants


Dental Implants

Replace missing or failing teeth.

Unlike alternatives like dental bridges or dentures, dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that replicates the entire structure of the tooth, not just the visible crown portion that extends beyond the gums.

If you have ever lost a permanent tooth to disease or injury, you know what a major effect it can have on your self-esteem and your daily routine. Patients have a variety of tooth replacement options, but one—dental implants—rises to the top of the list.

The dental implant is intended to function similarly to the biological tooth’s root, and it is topped with a lifelike prosthetic crown. That crown is carefully crafted to match the appearance of the adjacent natural teeth.

The structure of dental implants allows them to maintain most of the function of the natural tooth. Dental implant patients notice little, if any, difference in their ability to speak and chew, and the dental implant feels like the real thing, too.

Patients who are missing multiple teeth can benefit from dental implants, as well. A small number of implants can anchor an artificial arch of teeth in place, improving on uncomfortable dentures that slip and slide out of place.

Schedule an evaluation with our office to learn if dental implants will be effective for you.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are titanium screw-like structures that are surgically placed in the jaw bone where a biological tooth used to be. Titanium is a biocompatible metal, which means that it is capable of fusing with the jaw bone, making the dental implant a permanent fixture in the mouth.

Some oral surgeons may also collaborate with other specialists, such as orthodontists, periodontists or oral surgeons in cases where their advanced expertise will improve treatment outcomes.

Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction

For some patients, a single cosmetic dentistry intervention will not be sufficient to meet their smile goals. The patient may have multiple problems, involving the teeth, soft tissues and bone structure that need to be addressed.

In these cases, a full-mouth reconstruction may be warranted. Your oral surgeon can combine various cosmetic dentistry treatments to achieve the desired effect for these patients.

A full-mouth reconstruction may entail any combination of the cosmetic dentistry procedures, from crowns to dental implants to Invisalign.

The process of planning and completing a full-mouth reconstruction will take longer than any one intervention would if undertaken on its own. Dr. Dickson begins this process by collecting a great deal of clinical data through visual examination, photographs, stone models and x-ray images.

Treatments are provided in a specific sequence, based on the interventions needed and their expected healing times.

To give patients the choice of a shorter treatment timeline, your surgeon may offer offer oral conscious sedation, which can help you tolerate longer treatment sessions, allowing your oral surgeon to get more work done in each appointment and reducing the total number of office visits needed to complete the reconstruction.

Financial concerns often factor into the decision whether to pursue a full-mouth reconstruction, but our practice offers a number of financing options to make treatment affordable for our patients.

Patients who undergo a full-mouth reconstruction will get physical and emotional rewards. The process leads to teeth that look and work better, which gives patients a major self-esteem boost.

Dr. Adam Brisman can place dental implants in an outpatient procedure in his NYC office. After the implants have sufficient time to fuse with the bone, you’ll return to the office to get your permanent crown, partial, or denture.