Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can help you to regain full oral function and prevent future tooth loss. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are permanently placed in the mouth. Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin can fit you with a “new tooth” that looks natural and allows you to bite, chew and speak with comfort and confidence.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture-Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture-Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of a natural-looking dental crown (the visible part of the tooth) with a titanium metal root that is surgically implanted under the gum line. During the recovery phase, which can take several months, the implant root fuses to your jawbone, creating a stable base for the crown that will last for decades. Some patients choose to have dental implant surgery to anchor dentures (multiple teeth).

What does the dental implant procedure involve?

Dental implant placement is conducted in several stages. The entire process includes a series of appointments and a recovery period; from start to finish, the procedure can take 3-6 months or longer.

First, Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin surgically places the implant “root” under the gum line. Depending on the type of implant used, he will place with root only or the root with the crown attached during this initial surgery. Over several months, the jaw bone will grow around the implant root and secure it in place. If needed, they will then perform the second surgery to attach a post that connects to the artificial tooth crown. Because the fit of the crown must be precise for maximum patient comfort, more than one fitting may be necessary.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Because implant placement is a procedure requiring one or more surgeries, you should be in good overall health. Also, you should have healthy gums and a jaw bone with enough density to support the implant. You also must be willing to commit several months to the process, including office appointments and healing time.
Ask Dr. Hoffenberg or Dr. Amin if dental implants are the right choice for you.