When you’ve lost one or more natural teeth, your oral and overall health suffers as a result, and your self-confidence can take a big nosedive as well. While our East Amherst team can’t turn back the clock for your smile, we can provide the next best solution with state-of-the-art dental implants.
Implants look, feel, and function just like original teeth, and their benefits can serve patients well for many, many years to come. Better yet, many times the entire procedure, both the surgical placement and final restoration can be performed right here in-office for added convenience! Contact us today to schedule your first appointment or if you have any questions we can help you with. New patients from Buffalo, NY and beyond are always welcomed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are truly unique in the world of dentistry because they do something no other treatment can: replace an entire tooth from root to crown. Instead of just placing a restoration on top of the gums, a small post is positioned within the jawbone in place of a missing tooth, and this provides the foundation for a new crown, bridge, or denture. Compared to more traditional restorations, dental implants offer a number of terrific advantages:
- Rock Solid: Thanks to the support provided by the post and the jawbone, patients shouldn’t have to worry about their new teeth shifting out of place while they are eating or speaking.
- Lifelike Appearance: If you were to look at a dental implant side by side with a real tooth in a patient’s mouth, it would appear natural and lifelike.
- Stops Bone Loss: When placed into the jawbone, dental implants actually help stop the bone loss that is common after tooth loss. This not only protects the remaining teeth, but a patient will also maintain a younger-looking facial shape as the years go by.
Missing Single Tooth
A dental implant-supported crown can be placed between two healthy teeth without disturbing them at all, which is much less invasive compared to a bridge that requires the nearby teeth to be shaved down to hold the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For patients missing teeth throughout their mouth or even consecutively, implants can also be attached to a bridge to give the replacement teeth a stability a removable prosthetic simply can’t match. Implant-retained bridges also tend to look more natural and require less maintenance by comparison as well.
Missing All Teeth
A full denture can be anchored to the jawbone using just a few well-placed implant roots. This is not only more cost effective versus replacing each tooth individually, but it creates a more comfortable and secure set of teeth compared to regular dentures as well.
How Dental Implants Work
- First, you’ll need to undergo a consultation with our team so that we can determine whether or not dental implants are the right choice for you. Implants are successful because they replace both the white portion of your tooth that’s known as the crown and the root portion that keeps your jawbone healthy under the gum tissue. To support the implant, patients will need to have generally good oral health.
- Dr. McCarthy then places the implant(s) into the jawbone so that nature can take over! Over time, your natural bone and tissue will fuse with the implant, creating a strong, reliable foundation for your brand-new tooth or teeth.
- Lastly, Dr. McCarthy will design a brand-new restoration that fits over the implant and provides a lifelike replacement. Dental crowns are used to cover individual implants, while bigger implant-retained bridges can cover multiple implants at once. Our approach will always be fine-tuned to meet your personal needs!
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