Dental Implants Overview
To help our patients enjoy lasting tooth replacement, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, and Luis Delgado are happy to offer implant dentistry for patients experiencing tooth loss in Albany, NY. Dental implants are metal posts often made of biocompatible titanium that are surgically placed in your jawbone to act as the root of the tooth. The post(s) may then be used to support a bridge, denture, or crown for a beautiful tooth replacement restoration that can be treated just like your real teeth. If you have a gap in your smile or need to have damaged teeth removed, make a consultation to hear more about dental implants at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dental implants may also be a great solution if you are looking for a more stable alternative to your removable dentures. Our skilled team will work closely with you and your referring dentist to help you decide if dental implants are a good choice for your dental health.
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Implant dentistry can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or a whole arch when attached to an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture. Teeth that are irreparable (severely decayed, infected, or damaged) can often be replaced with dental implant options. You may also prefer an implant if you currently have a traditional tooth replacement but are bothered by the look, feel, or special cleaning process. Implant-supported restorations can be treated just like your normal teeth and cared for with daily flossing and brushing. At your consultation, our surgeons will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if there is adequate structure to properly support a dental implant. A bone graft may be completed by our team prior to implant surgery to strengthen the foundation of your jaw in the event that bone loss has occurred. If you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are currently being treated for gum disease, dental implants may not be an ideal option at this time.
What To Expect with Dental Implants
Before dental implants are placed, we will also use advanced cone beam technology to evaluate your bone and nerve positioning to plan for ideal implant positioning. You may need to have damaged teeth extracted or the jawbone foundation strengthened with a bone graft. As soon as your mouth is ready for dental implant surgery, the needed areas will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Sedation may be included to relax you throughout the process. Our expert implant surgeons will start by making a surgical incision in your gums and will then place the titanium posts in the jawbone with extreme precision using a minimally invasive technique. The incision will be closed with part of the post visible above the gums or covered completely to allow for healing and integrating with the jawbone.
While the dental implant integrates with the bone over the next 3 – 6 months, a temporary restoration may be placed over the implants. Once our team determines that your dental implants are healed securely into your jawbone, you will return to our practice to have a special abutment placed that will be used to anchor your replacement teeth. Your restorative dentist can then attach a custom bridge, denture, or crown(s) to your implant posts, completing your tooth replacement procedure.
Dental Implants Recovery
You may notice some temporary inflammation in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding after your implant surgery. Instructions on what to expect after your procedure will be reviewed with you during your consultation. Pain medication may be prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers recommended to help minimize any discomfort as you heal. After your implant sites are healed and your customized restoration is connected, you should follow a good oral care routine at home with daily brushing and flossing and attend annual dental exams and biannual professional cleanings with your general dentist.
Dental Implants Insurance Coverage
Based on your dental insurance company and specific coverage, a portion of the cost of your implants and restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and calculate any out-of-pocket costs before beginning your care. During your consultation at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our knowledgeable business team will be happy to discuss payment methods accepted by our office or provide information on obtaining low-interest medical financing through CareCredit® for your implant procedure.
Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for many Albany, NY patients, thanks to their ability to replace any number of teeth and offer long-term tooth replacement. Our skilled team of oral surgeons uses the latest in advanced techniques to perform precision implant dentistry procedures and will work closely with your restorative dentist to help you get the tooth replacement care you need. To get more information on implant dentistry, make an appointment at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.