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Dental implants are small devices made of bio-compatible titanium material that are designed to restore whole teeth after extraction. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable, so they don’t present the same risks of slipping out of place or getting lost. This restorative tooth replacement solution is provided by Dr. Richard Lestz at his dentist office in Forest Hills, NY.
What Are Dental Implants?
Any foreign device that is integrated with the body's natural tissues is defined as an implant. In dentistry, implants are used to replace missing teeth by fusing with the bone tissue in your jaw. A dental implant is made of titanium and very closely resembles a screw. Your bone tissue grows around the ridges of the screw and holds it in place, just as firmly as a healthy natural tooth. Based on estimates published by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dentists perform up to 300,000 dental implant procedures each year.
Dental Implantation Surgery
Dental implantation is a relatively straightforward procedure and you won’t need to spend much time in the dentist's office. The majority of the treatment period, you'll be waiting for the implant to heal and solidify with your bone tissue. At the first appointment for dental implants, your Forest Hills, NY dentist will check recent x-rays to make sure that there is enough bone to support an implant. If yes, the titanium post will be surgically inserted in the optimal location determined by your dentist. A few months later you'll return to the office to be fitted for a crown, which will perfectly fill the space left by your missing tooth.
Do Dental Implants Last?
There is a good chance that your dental implant will stay healthy and well-rooted indefinitely if you take care of your smile. One of the main benefits of a dental implant is its permanence—it doesn’t have to be replaced every few years. Just protect your smile from gum disease and see your dentist regularly for checkups and to have your teeth professionally cleaned.
See if This Treatment Is Right for You
Now that you know what dental implants are and how they can restore your smile, schedule a consultation to see if you're a candidate. Contact Dr. Richard Lestz at his office in Forest Hills, NY to schedule a visit by calling (718) 544-9100.