Dental implants are fast becoming the go-to solution for missing teeth because they work with your body to provide a structurally sound and permanent replacement. Dr. Andrew Geller and his team at Geller Family Dental in Bronxville, New York, are equipped with the latest imaging technology to help you get your replacement tooth faster than ever before. To learn how you can be working with a full set of teeth in no time, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Dental Implants Q & A
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an excellent option for missing teeth because it mimics your natural root structure through integration into your jawbone.
The device is a metal post that’s surgically implanted into your jaw, relying on your body to take over and regrow tissue and bone around the implant to firmly hold it in place. Once the post fuses to the jawbone, it’s fitted with a crown that blends in with your surrounding teeth.
Why do I need an implant?
A missing tooth is more than just an aesthetic concern. There are several reasons why Dr. Geller recommends a dental implant as the best course of action for missing teeth, including:
Permanence and stability
Because dental implants are integrated into your jaw by providing a new “root,” dental implants are sturdier than other tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures.
Prevents bone loss
When you lose a tooth, the bone supporting that tooth begins to deteriorate if there’s no replacement structure put in. Your jawbone is stimulated by use, mainly through the act of chewing, and when it’s no longer in use, it begins to shrink, which causes a sunken appearance in your face.
If you’re missing more than one tooth, Dr. Geller often recommends putting in implants to provide the best support for a bridge.
How is a dental implant installed?
Dr. Geller turns to digital scanning and 3D imaging to provide you with a replacement tooth that fits in as naturally as possible with your existing teeth.
During your first visit, he uses this imaging to accurately map the area, allowing him to install the implant at the proper depth for maximum stability.
While your body heals and accepts the implant by growing new bone and tissue around it, a lab manufactures your replacement crown. Again, by using the latest imaging technology, Dr. Geller ensures that this prosthetic cap looks, functions, and feels like your natural teeth.
When your implant is ready, he securely bonds the new crown into place over the implant.
How long will my dental implant last?
A dental implant is designed to last for 10-20 years, assuming you take good care of it. Dr. Geller supplies you with instructions, which are no different than taking care of your existing teeth. With proper daily cleaning and regular checkups, your dental implant will hold up well.
To learn more about the advantages of dental implants, call Geller Family Dental or book an appointment online.