Dental Implants on the Upper West Side
Smiles on the Upper Westside provides dental implants in the UWS neighborhood of NYC.
Call 212-222-5225 to schedule your first appointment with our dentists.
Due to their strength, durability, and stability, dental implants have become the treatment of choice for missing or failing teeth. They restore nearly all of your bite strength, and they reverse jawbone loss by replacing the tooth roots.
While some dentists require you to visit a separate oral surgeon to have your dental implants placed, we have our own specialist – Dr. Narain on staff that will place your implant. Dr. Narain and Drs. Massiah and Smolen carefully collaborate with each other to ensure the best possible care at every stage of your dental implant process.
Although no dental procedure is right for everyone, most people can receive dental implants. We will treat any existing oral health issues before we begin, and those with underlying health conditions need to work with their doctor to get those conditions under tight control. If you have extensive jawbone loss, you may also need bone grafting before your implants are placed.
One dental implant topped with a single crown is the right choice for someone missing just one tooth. We can also place single tooth dental implants at various points in the mouth if you are missing multiple scattered teeth. A tiny sliver of biocompatible titanium is inserted into the jawbone and topped with a healing cap or a cover screw. After several weeks of healing, it will fuse with the bone. At this point, we will remove the cap or screw and use an abutment to attach the implant to a customized crown.
An implant supported bridge is an excellent solution for those who are missing three or more teeth in a row. While a traditional bridge sacrifices healthy tooth structure in the adjacent natural teeth, an implant supported bridge is anchored to a dental implant at each end. This strong and stable restoration is both functional and highly aesthetic.
Implant supported dentures run the gamut from “snap-on” removable dentures that require just two implants to stabilize, to a full fixed arch of teeth secured on a handful of implants. Both solutions solve the problem of traditional dentures, which tend to pinch and slip. They also restore bite strength and reverse jawbone loss.
Full Arch with Only Four Implants
The full arch with four implants is a game-changing solution for those who are missing all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch. We can place a full, fixed arch of high quality replacement teeth on the same day as your teeth are extracted, avoiding the need to wear a removable denture at any time.
We use high tech tools such as 3-D scanning and virtual treatment planning to develop a customized implant placement map for each patient. This helps us show you exactly what to expect, while ensuring that each implant is located and positioned in the best possible way to maximize longevity, functionality, and aesthetics.
The Benefits and Importance of Dental Implants
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How long do dental implants last?
Your dental implants—the biocompatible metal posts that are implanted into the jaw—are meant to last a lifetime. They are a permanent replacement for the roots of missing teeth. The crown, bridge, or denture attached to dental implants may need to be replaced at some point, but these too can last for decades.
How painful is a dental implant?
Dental implant surgery isn’t painful at all—just like any other dental procedure, we use local anesthetic injections to ensure that you’re comfortable and pain-free while we work. In the hours after your surgery, you may begin to feel some tenderness at the surgical site, but this is usually mild. Follow our aftercare instructions to help manage any discomfort.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Yes, some types of dental implant restorations can be completed in a single day. We offer Full Arch with Only Four Implants, which allows us to extract any remaining teeth, place four dental implants in your jawbone, and attach a denture to the implants all in one appointment.
Which is better, dentures or dental implants?
Traditional dentures only replace the visible portion of missing teeth; implant-supported dentures also replace teeth below the gumline, which is better for your dental health. Dental implants prevent and reverse bone loss in the jaw, resulting in a stronger bite and a more youthful appearance. Implant-supported dentures look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Can you get a temporary tooth while waiting for an implant?
Many of our patients are concerned about having a gap in their smile while they wait for their permanent restoration to be fabricated. Rest assured, we will provide you with a temporary restoration so you can smile with confidence even while your permanent crown, bridge, or denture is being made.
What can you not eat after dental implants?
In the days and weeks after your surgery, you’ll have some food restrictions, as we want to ensure that your implants heal properly. Biting into apples, carrots, and nuts, for example, can place too much pressure on new dental implants. After this period, you’ll be able to eat whatever you like because dental implant restorations work just like your natural teeth.
Can I replace all of my teeth with dental implants?
If you need to replace two full arches of teeth, dental implants are a terrific option. Implant-supported dentures and Full Arch with Only Four Implants are two potential solutions to consider.