Missing teeth can have both physical and psychological effects, disrupting daily quality of life and causing a cascade of dental health problems over time when left untreated. Replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, quickly and efficiently is important for many reasons and supports your lasting oral and overall health.
Dr. Nicholas Gardner offers options for the replacement of missing teeth, including dental implants for optimal, natural looking and functioning results. Dr. Gardner recommends dental implants whenever appropriate because of the range of benefits they can offer and the high rate of success enjoyed by current patients. Dr. Gardner will coordinate the surgical phase of the procedure with a local specialist, providing follow up care and restoration services in his Gouverneur, NY dentist office.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Providing the most natural, tooth like replacement option, dental implants offer several key benefits for your dental health:
- 98% success rate (highest rate compared to other dental procedures)
- Prevents bone loss and gum recession
- Promotes a healthier diet, varied diet
- Unlike bridgework requires no preparation to neighboring teeth
- Improves speech
- Improves comfort in denture wearing patients
Dental Implants: About the Process
Dr. Gardner will begin the process with a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, as well as a discussion of your personal concerns and goals. Once it is determined that dental implants are right for you, Dr. Gardner will create a personalized treatment plan and schedule for each phase of the procedure. He will explain all aspects of your treatment, including total costs. Although dental implants are typically more costly up front when compared to other options, most patients will find that in the long run they are the economical choice due to their longevity and lack of maintenance costs.
Implantation – The placement of your dental implant(s) is a simple, in office procedure performed under local anesthesia. The dental implant generally requires 3 – 6 months to heal. In some cases, the permanent dental crown can be place during this visit. Other times, a temporary crown will be placed during the healing period.
Implant Restoration – After the dental implant has integrated with the bone, it will be uncovered and Dr. Gardner will attach the dental crown, dental bridge or denture. Dr. Gardner typically uses tooth-colored ceramic material for dental implant restorations for an aesthetically pleasing and durable result.
After Care – The dental implant will look and function the same as natural teeth. You will be able to brush and floss teeth normally. Routine visits with Dr. Gardner for preventive dental care will ensure long term health and function of your dental implant.