Dental implants offer permanent, natural-looking alternatives to dentures. This innovative treatment replaces missing teeth with an implant that fuses with your jaw to become part of your mouth, giving you functional and aesthetic improvement with replacement teeth that look and feel natural. With this modern restorative dentistry treatment, there is no slippage along the gums or daily maintenance required, other than your normal brushing and flossing routine. Our cosmetic dentist, Victor Oelbaum, DDS, can restore your bite and enhance your confidence when eating and smiling with dental implants.
Please contact Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates for more information on dental implants. Our practice is convenient to the Bronx, New York City, and the surrounding region.
Dental implants are best suited for individuals with an adequate amount of bone density to securely anchor the implant to the jaw. This ensures the implant can successfully fuse to the bone and feel like a natural part of your mouth. Other factors that may determine your candidacy for the dental implant procedure include whether:
One of our experienced dentists at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates can help determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.
Dental implants can be used to replace anything from a single absent space to a full dental arch. Due to the aesthetic beauty and unmatched security offered by dental implants, they are often considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. The number of implants necessary to achieve your treatment goals will usually depend on how many teeth need replacing and the state of your bone structure.
For individuals seeking to replace a single missing tooth, a dental implant can be an ideal way to restore structural support and an even smile. The process involves insertion of a thin post underneath the gum tissue of the absent tooth, which will later anchor a custom-fabricated dental crown once the implant has fused with the jawbone. Tinted to match the shade of your enamel and crafted to fit comfortably within your bite, the dental crown is designed to exactly mimic your natural tooth for an indistinguishable and high-quality replacement.
Three or more consecutive missing or damaged teeth can be replaced with multiple adjoining dental implants that fill the entirety of your absent space. Once the implants have merged with your bone structure, custom-designed dental crowns can be placed over the individual implants for a strengthened bite and renewed smile aesthetic. Depending on the amount of bone density you have retained, your treatment may involve securing a custom-made restoration—such as a dental bridge or a partial denture—with anywhere from two to six dental implants.
If you have been told you are not a good candidate for full dental implants, or if you have several adjacent missing or damaged teeth you would like to replace, please inquire about our implant supported dentures procedure. This advanced technique can be an excellent solution for many individuals seeking to restore form and function to their smile with natural-looking results. An option that many patients prefer over traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are anchored to your jawbone. This security can allow a more comfortable fit for the restoration when compared to loose dentures, while canceling the need for messy pastes and adhesives. The dentures snap firmly in and out of place so you can feel more confident when eating, drinking, and speaking.
Dental implants are essentially designed to function like natural teeth, so their longevity is comparable to how long your natural enamel remains in good condition. As long as you practice good daily oral hygiene, dental implants often last for 15 to 20 years, even decades. However, just like your natural teeth, dental implants will start to decay with plaque and bacteria buildup. To get the most out of your implants, always brush and floss everyday in conjunction with undergoing semi-annual examinations and cleanings.
The entire team at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates understands that restoring the full integrity of your smile, as well as your confidence, is invaluable. We understand that the cost of any procedure is a major consideration that can influence your choice to undergo treatment. While the price of dental implants is unique to each patient’s needs, our dentists have outlined several key factors that generally affect the total cost of treatment and can help you make a well-informed decision.
Generally speaking, the cost of dental implants will depend on:
With this in mind, patient reviews on RealSelf.com generally list the average price of dental implants in the Bronx area to be approximately $6,575 per implant. While this serves as a rough estimate, the true cost varies heavily and will predominantly depend on the details of your treatment plan. After your needs are evaluated during a consultation, our office will be able to provide you with a more personalized quote. We believe no patient should have to compromise their ability to receive necessary dental care for financial reasons, which is why we accept many different payment methods, as well as insurance plans and financing options. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office; we can work with you to help bring the total cost of treatment into your budget.
Treatment times vary according to a patient’s treatment plan. Factors that can affect the length of your care include how many implants are being placed, whether you require a bone graft, whether teeth are being extracted, and the overall complexity of your procedure. During your consultation, our dentist will thoroughly discuss what you can expect throughout the process, including the estimated duration of treatment.
Insurance may cover some of the costs associated with implants, but this possibility depends on the details of your unique dental plan. Every insurance policy varies, so we encourage you to reach out to your provider to learn all the benefits of your coverage. At Victor Oelbaum & Associates, we also accept low- to no-interest financing from CareCredit® to help you manage out-of-pocket costs.
Dental implants are considered very safe tooth restorations when they are placed by an experienced team of dentists, periodontists, and oral surgeons. They are often regarded as the longest-lasting and most reliable method of tooth replacement, and typically present little risk of failure as long as patients are good candidates for oral surgery. In determining whether implants are the best possible option to restore your teeth and bite, our dental professionals will meticulously measure your bone density, review your medical history, and evaluate your oral health. We will utilize x-rays, diagnostic imaging, and other dental technology to help ensure safe and successful placement of your dental implants.
A bone grafting procedure may be necessary if you do not have enough bone volume to support your dental implants. The roots of your teeth work to stimulate and strengthen your jawbone, therefore the density of the bone can gradually recede with the absence of a natural tooth root. Bone grafts can be an effective way to regenerate new bone and provide a more stable foundation for your implants. A consultation with one of our dentists can confirm whether or not you need a bone graft prior to dental implant treatment. It is usually true that the longer a tooth root is missing from the gumline, the more bone erosion is experienced.
Dental implants enjoy a high success rate of approximately 95 percent. This figure varies depending on the oral health of the patient and where the implant is placed in the jaw, but the ability of dental implants to effectively restore missing teeth for the long-term future is generally very high.
After oral surgery, patients should treat their implant with as much care as possible while the gums are still healing. A liquid and soft-food diet is advised immediately after numbness from your procedure wears off. To reduce the need for chewing and prevent potentially disturbing the implant, this diet should be maintained for at least the first week or two after surgery. As the healing process progresses, you should gradually be able to enjoy a more varied diet, although foods that are sticky, crunchy, tough, or abrasive should be avoided for the next two to four months. Using a straw is also prohibited until your implant is more securely integrated with the jawbone. Your dentist will be able to provide you with additional details regarding what foods you can eat throughout every stage of your recovery timeline.
Since implants are firmly anchored to the jawbone, they can often withstand pressure to a similar extent as natural teeth, provided that they’re successfully integrated with your bone structure. That said, an implant can still fail if it’s weakened by decay and gum disease, or if too much pressure is applied before the implant can fully fuse with the jawbone. While an implant can be incredibly durable, you should always take care to avoid unnecessary damage to your restoration. Wearing a mouth or night guard when necessary, and maintaining good oral hygiene habits, can help you enjoy long-lasting results with your dental implant.
It’s vitally important that your oral health is in the best possible state before undergoing implant surgery. That said, bacteria buildup in the gums is one of the main factors known to lead to implant failure if left untreated. Therefore, if you have signs of gum disease, periodontal treatment should be completed before you can safely receive dental implants to restore a clean, healthy mouth.
If you have entire rows of missing teeth, an implant-supported denture is typically the best option to restore your upper and/or lower dental arches. While getting a full mouth of dental implants is possible, this requires extensive oral surgery as well as bone support that is not always available. In most cases, a more effective and economical option involves using dental implants to secure a set of custom-made dentures. This makes it possible to successfully restore your smile using a few strategically placed implants, rather than replacing each missing tooth with an individual implant.
A porcelain crown or bridge is typically used to top a dental implant, both of which cannot be professionally whitened or stained. Fortunately, porcelain restorations are color-matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth to ensure they remain indistinguishable within your smile.
Please contact Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates today for more information on dental implants and how you can effectively and permanently replace missing teeth.