Dental implants are one of the most advanced tooth replacement options available today, giving you a prosthetic tooth root that feels and functions just like the real thing. If you’re looking to replace a missing tooth, schedule an implant consultation today with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood. Dr. Horvilleur and his staff have helped many patients reclaim a full and healthy smile with dental implants. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the online tool.
What are implants?
Implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jaw, where they function as artificial tooth roots. Because your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, your implant actually fuses with your jawbone. This makes it an incredibly sturdy foundation for holding a crown, bridge, or overdenture.
What are the benefits of implants?
By replacing your missing tooth root, dental implants have a number of benefits, including:
- Restoring the appearance of your smile
- Preventing bone loss and maintaining the shape of your face
- Improving your ability to eat and chew
- Feel and function just like natural teeth
- A very high success rate
Dental implants also have advantages over other tooth replacement options. They feel more comfortable and natural than dentures, and they don’t require you to shave off enamel from your natural teeth, unlike a bridge.
Am I a candidate for implants?
In order for the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, to properly install your implants, you need to have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw. The team can assess the amount of bone tissue in your jaw with a digital X-ray. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue, the team might need to perform a bone graft before your implant surgery.
Some other conditions that might prevent you from being a good candidate for implants include:
- Blood disorders
- Bone marrow cancer
- Currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Parathyroid disorders
- Rare bone disorders
- Uncontrolled diabetes
If you’re unsure whether implants are right for you, call the offices of Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today to schedule a consultation.
What is the process for getting implants?
The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, installs your implants over the course of a few office visits. During your first visit, the team anesthetizes your gums to eliminate any discomfort, then uses a soft tissue laser to make a small incision. Next, your dentist drills a tiny hole in your jawbone and inserts your implant.
Your implant fuses to your bone after a few months of healing, at which point you come back to the office to get your abutment. Your abutment is a small post that connects to your implants and sticks up out of your gum line. It ultimately serves to support a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or overdenture.
After you’ve healed from your abutment procedure, the team takes an impression of your mouth that’s used to custom-fabricate your restoration. Once your restoration is back from the lab, the team seals it in place, giving you a brand new smile that you’ll be excited to share with the world.
Make your smile whole again by booking a visit with Rene Horvilleur, DDS, today. You can schedule by phone or online.