Gaps in your smile can affect your confidence and leave you vulnerable to other oral health issues.
At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, we perform every stage of dental implants treatment to restore the function, look, and comfort of your smile.
So what makes dental implants such a great choice?
Implant-Supported Restorations Look, Feel & Function Just Like Healthy, Natural Teeth
Excellent SupportDental implants are small titanium posts. When placed by a skilled surgeon, these posts fuse with bone tissue to become artificial tooth roots that allow your crowns, bridges, and dentures to function just like natural teeth.
Avoid Jaw AtrophyThe jaw will begin to shrink and change shape following tooth loss. Dental implants are the only restorative solution that can stop this from happening.
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If You Have Lost a Tooth, You Are Not Alone
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Dental Implants Are a Very Popular Restorative Solution
Because of the many benefits that dental implants have to offer, more and more patients are replacing missing teeth with implant-supported restorations. According to the American Dental Association, dentists around the country place more than 5 million implants every year.
Do you qualify for this treatment?
Factors That Can Affect Your Candidacy
Poor Oral HealthIf you have preexisting oral health issues such as tooth decay, infection, or gum disease, these will need to be treated prior to your implant surgery. Fortunately, we can perform most treatments to restore your oral health in-office.
Tobacco UseSmoking has been linked to an increased risk of implant failure. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit smoking prior to your procedure to ensure healthy, proper healing.
Systemic Health IssuesIf you have diabetes or another systemic health concern, discuss this with Dr. Stanislaus during your consultation. Diabetes, for example, does not disqualify you as long as it is controlled.
Some patients feel anxious about implant surgery...
We Offer Sedation to Help You Feel at Ease
In addition to using local anesthesia to numb the treatment area, we offer nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation to help you feel at ease during your dental implant surgery.
These methods of sedation are particularly helpful for patients who are undergoing lengthy procedures or those who feel anxious. Our team can help decide if these accommodations are right for you.
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How does our team ensure the best possible results?
Advanced Training Helps Us Provide World-Class Care
Dr. Stanislaus was trained at the world-renowned Misch International Implant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. His extensive training and continuing education in the field of implant dentistry help him plan treatments that can provide lifelong benefits.
In addition to placing implants, Dr. Stanislaus also provides custom restorations. This allows you to complete your entire implant treatment from start to finish in one office rather than having to visit multiple practices.
More Information About Dental Implants
Dental implants offer the most advanced restorative dentistry solution for replacing missing teeth. In our practice serving Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, and the surrounding areas, we perform the surgical placement of dental implants as well as the restoration of dental implants. We are happy that we are able to perform the entire implant process from implant placement to the delivery of your natural looking tooth. This allows our patients to enjoy the convenience of having the entire implant process performed in one office rather than having to suffer the inconvenience of going back and forth from the restorative dentist to the oral surgeon.
For many generations, removable dentures and fixed bridges were the only options for replacing teeth lost as a result of decay, injury or gum disease. During more recent decades, dental implants have offered a more comfortable and natural looking alternative. With dental implants, you can go about your life without having to pay any more consideration to your dental implant or implants than you would your natural teeth. Dental implants do not irritate the gums nor interfere with chewing, taste or speech. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants allow you to chew any and all types of foods. Regular dental care is all that's needed because the implant is securely placed in the jaw. Our experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus, attained his dental implant expertise from the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw and topped by a replacement tooth. In a process known as osseointegration, the titanium post and the jawbone fuse. This occurs over time as the bone grows around the implant, providing the strongest possible replacement for missing teeth. A natural looking replacement tooth is then attached to the titanium post to complete the dental implant restoration procedure.
What to Expect during Treatment
Step 1: Consultation and Assessment
Before your surgery is scheduled, you will meet with Dr. Stanislaus for an examination and discussion about your oral health. Dr. Stanislaus will evaluate the health of your gums, teeth, and jaw bone tissue using x-ray technology. It is important that your mouth is free from decay and gum disease before you undergo any type of restorative treatments.
Step 2: Preparatory Procedures
Once he has determined your smile is healthy, Dr. Stanislaus will evaluate scans of your jaw bone to determine whether it is strong and large enough to support implants. Trained at the renowned Misch International Implant Institute™, Dr. Stanislaus has extensive experience determining where implants can be best placed for long-term success. If he determines that you do not have enough bone to support an implant, you may require a bone graft (which strengthens your jaw) or sinus lift (which creates room in your upper jaw) before your implant can be placed. If you require preparatory procedures, it is important to understand you will require additional healing time, which will lengthen your treatment timeline.
In addition to evaluating whether your jaw bone is strong and dense enough to support dental implants, Dr. Stanislaus will determine how many implants are needed to support your restorations. One patient's denture, for example, could be supported by as few as four implants, while another case might require six or eight implants. Ultimately, the number and placement of your implants will depend upon your budget, schedule, and unique treatment goals.
Step 3: Day of the Implant Placement Procedure
On the day of your dental implant surgery, Dr. Stanislaus will administer nitrous oxide or IV sedation to help you relax, as well as a local anesthetic at the site of each implant. Dr. Stanislaus will carefully create small incisions in your gums to allow access to your jaw bone. There, he will create small holes for each of your implant posts and set them securely in place. Your gums will then be sutured closed over your implants, and you will begin the process of recovery. Dr. Stanislaus will provide you with a temporary restoration to wear while you heal. In some cases, he can provide same-day restorations, which provide immediate functionality and require no additional surgeries.
Step 4: Healing
In the months following your procedure, your jaw bone will begin to fuse with each of your titanium implants. Known as osseointegration, this process will strengthen your implants in place over time. Because implants are made from biocompatible titanium, they are not recognized as a foreign substance by your body, so there is a minimized risk of rejection. The healing process typically takes three to six months, although Dr. Stanislaus will ultimately determine when you are ready to receive your permanent restorations.
Step 5: Attaching the Restoration
In the final stage of your treatment, the gums will be opened and abutments will be placed on top of each implant post. Your doctor will then attach the new crown, bridge, or denture securely in place to restore the strength and function of your smile. Unlike traditional restorations, like dentures, they will never slip out of place.
With 3-D imaging and an in-office CEREC® system, we can place and restore implants comfortably and conveniently in a single day. You can leave our office with a full and complete smile, enjoying restored dental function sooner than ever before. However, your jaw must be strong enough to immediately support your dental implant. If your bone has started to recede because of missing teeth, it may not be stable enough to support implant posts without a bone graft.
With traditional dental implants treatment, you will require at least two procedures. During your first surgery, your doctor will place the implant posts. You will then spend the next three to six months healing before you can receive abutment pieces to connect your restoration to your implants. However, with same-day restorations, you can enjoy the benefits of an implant-supported prosthesis after one procedure.
For same-day restorations, your dentist will attach a temporary restoration to your implant posts immediately after surgery. Often, we will use our CEREC system to create smaller restorations, such as dental crowns, at our office. Larger restorations will be prepared at our partner dental lab before your procedure, ensuring they are available on the day of your surgery. In four to six months, once your jaw has healed and integrated with the implant posts, your dentist will remove your temporary restoration and attach a permanent prosthetic.
While both traditional and same-day implants require a temporary prosthetic during recovery, the same-day option can look more natural and provide superior support than temporaries. Patients can enjoy complete dental function very quickly after surgery. Because the prosthetic does not slip out of place easily, most patients can eat a varied diet within a few days of the procedure. Drs. Stanislaus and Reid's expertise can further ensure minimal discomfort and a fast recovery. They can plan highly precise treatment that can save you time and can conveniently restore your smile in a single procedure.
Hybridge® Dental Implants
As the most revolutionary tooth-replacement option available today, the Hybridge dental implant, now offered at our Brooklyn practice, is a full set of artificial teeth made to fit the upper or lower jaw. This revolutionary dental prosthetic is meant for people with complex dental problems, who are looking for a simple, attainable, long-lasting solution.
Hybridge implants connect securely to the implant abutments to make it easier for you to chew, eat, and speak normally without fear of slipping dentures or discomfort. Gentle on sensitive gums, Hybridge implants also stimulate bone health to help preserve your jaw. This groundbreaking solution will maintain the appearance of your smile and your facial structure, all the while giving your mouth the strong support it needs to remain flawlessly functional.
Understanding the Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants
Before you decide implants are right for you, it is important to understand the benefits and potential risks, no matter how minimal they are.
It is of paramount importance that you select a skilled implant dentist for your surgery. Properly placed implants can provide a lifetime of stability for your restorations. Implant-supported restorations offer several benefits over traditional methods:
- Stability - An implant-supported prosthesis feels much more like your natural teeth than a traditional restoration. Unlike traditional dentures, implants hold your restoration in place and prevent it from slipping even as you eat and speak.
- Stimulation - Dental implants stimulate your natural jaw bone like your natural tooth roots once did. This stimulation prevents resorption of the surrounding tissue, a process that naturally breaks down your jaw bone after tooth loss.
- Structure - As a result of long-term tooth loss, your face can begin to look sunken in and aged. When your smile is restored with dental implants and restorations you can expect to look younger and healthier.
- Longevity - Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. In the months following your implant surgery, your jaw bone will begin to osseointegrate, or fuse with, your implants. While you may receive new restorations over the years, properly maintained implants will last for decades.
Some possible complications you should be aware of are general surgical risks, while others relate specifically to dental implants:
- Infection - All types of surgery carry a risk of infection. Dr. Stanislaus uses advanced sterilization methods and will check that your incisions are healing properly during a follow-up appointment.
- Implant Failure - If your implants are placed in bone that is not dense or large enough, or embedded at the wrong angle, they can fail to fuse properly. Dr. Stanislaus uses detailed imaging technology to ensure that your implants are placed in the optimal location.
- Tissue Damage - The surrounding nerves and other tissue have the potential to become injured during implant surgery. Again, scans will allow Dr. Stanislaus to place your implants in a way that minimizes the impact on surrounding tissue.
- Sinus Complications - When implants are placed in the back portion of your upper jaw in bone that is too shallow, they can protrude into the sinus cavity and cause complications. Dr. Stanislaus may recommend a sinus lift and bone graft to ensure that your implants have plenty of tissue for support.
When considering dental implants, you will need to weigh their many benefits against their cost. The cost of this treatment varies considerably depending on a few factors, such as how many implants you receive, how complex your surgery is, and more. You will have a better understanding of what you can expect to pay after your initial consultation.
Determining Your Treatment Cost
Dental implants, like many restorative treatments, rarely come with a standard price that applies to every patient. Several factors will affect what you ultimately pay for your care, including:
- Surgical Costs - These factors include the price of anesthesia, equipment, and other costs involved with the placement procedure.
- Implant Considerations - The number and type of implants you receive will affect your overall treatment cost.
- Additional Treatments - Before your implants are placed, you may require periodontal care, bone grafting, or other surgeries that have additional costs.
- Complexity of Your Surgery - Because each patient's mouth is different, the extent of your surgery and the time it takes to complete the procedure will uniquely shape your treatment cost.
- Sedation - At Brooklyn Heights Dental, we offer both nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation, each of which carries an additional cost to consider.
- Restorations - While they are not directly related to your surgery, the restorations that will be placed upon your implants have varying costs. Cost can range greatly depending upon whether you receive dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures, and what materials they are made from.
When you undergo treatment with Dr. Stanislaus, you can rest assured you will never encounter any surprise costs.
Financing Your Treatment
Because we believe each patient deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile, Brooklyn Heights Dental offers flexible financing. You may also qualify to use a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for part of your treatment. If you would prefer to pay for your treatment up front, we accept all major credit cards and other forms of payment.
Caring for Your New Smile
Dental implant maintenance is not dramatically different from caring for natural teeth. In fact, it is largely a matter of practicing standard oral hygiene and attending your six-month checkups.
Implants themselves are not vulnerable to decay. However, gum disease and other complications can affect the tissues that support your implants and eventually lead to implant failure. Gingivitis affecting the tissue around an implant is called peri-implant mucositis. As the condition progresses and begins to affect the underlying bone, it is called peri-implantitis.
Although your implants and restorations do not consist of living tissue, they rely on the health of your gums and jawbone, just like natural teeth. Taking simple measures each day to remove and prevent plaque can maintain your gums and jaws and help you experience decades of healthy, beautiful smiles.
What to Avoid
In addition to practicing proper oral hygiene, it is important that patients avoid using their new implant-supported restorations as tools. For example, implant restorations should never be used to open packages. Patients who habitually chew on pens, pencils, ice, or their nails should find ways to curb these habits, which can place undue stress on dental implants and adjoining restorations.
Patients who use tobacco are at a much higher risk for implant failure. You must quit all tobacco use before you undergo your implant surgery, and you should plan to drop the habit permanently. Nicotine can restrict blood flow and impede the body’s natural healing processes. Even if your implants have fully integrated with your smile, nicotine can increase your risk of gum disease and, in turn, your risk of implant failure.
How to Maintain Your Dental Implants
In order to properly care for your dental implants, you should attend all regular dental examinations and cleanings. During these appointments, your doctor will assess the implant posts and make sure there are no signs of complications. Your hygienist will also gently remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria to ensure that the foundation of your smile remains healthy.
Professional dental care is essential to the longevity of your implants. Caring for your smile between visits is just as important. Brush a minimum of twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at least once every day. Brushing and flossing help remove biofilm and reduce the harmful effects of oral bacteria. Our hygienist will work with you to develop a treatment plan to keep your smile as clean and healthy as possible between checkups.
Contact Brooklyn Heights Dental for an Implant Dentistry Consultation
If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, and if dental implants are right for you, contact our practice serving Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and all of New York City.