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Posts for: December, 2018

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Say goodbye to tooth loss and say hello to a beautiful tooth replacement.

Dental Implants SmileThere are many reasons adults turn to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. After all, implants are truly unique, as they function and look just like a real tooth. While the goal is to maintain a healthy natural smile forever, when this isn’t possible our Niskayuna, NY, cosmetic dentists Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro understand how important it is to get a dental restoration that is as close to a real tooth as possible.

This is where dental implants come into the picture. An implant is a small metal screw or post that is up to 10mm long. It is placed within the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. In order to get an implant, our Niskayuna, NY, general dentists will need to perform minor surgery in order to open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. From there, a small hole is drilled into the bone and the implant is placed. Once the implant has been placed the gums are stitched back up.

How do dental implants work?

Placing the implant into the jawbone is just the beginning stage of getting your new tooth. After the implant has been placed we will allow your mouth a few months (anywhere from 3-6 months) to heal. During this healing phase the jawbone will begin to fuse together with the implant to become one. This is possible because the implant is made from titanium, a biocompatible metal.

Once the implant has been placed and it fuses together with the jawbone the next step will be to place an abutment, which connects the implant with the false tooth. In some instances an implant may already have an abutment built-in. If this is the case then this surgery won’t be necessary. To get an abutment, we will need to open up the gums to place the abutment on top of the implant. Once the gums heal (this can take several weeks) then we can cement a custom dental crown over the implant.

What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

Since implants function just like a real tooth they offer some pretty amazing benefits such as,

  • Preserving your jawbone and preventing bone loss
  • Preserving your natural facial structure
  • Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps in your smile
  • Restoring chewing and speaking
  • Instilling confidence in your appearance

Implants are also easy to care for and could end up lasting the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene.

If you are ready to get dental implants in Niskayuna, NY, then call our dental office today to schedule a no-risk consultation.