By The Scarsdale Dentist
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are today's top tooth replacement choice. Placed by The Scarsdale Dentist, located in Scarsdale, Westchester, dental implants give patients natural oral function and appearance, while simultaneously improving the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw. The Scarsdale Dentist's Dr. Jeffrey Pike qualifies adults and teens for implant placement—are you a good candidate?

You hate tooth loss

And, so do we here at The Scarsdale Dentist! Dr. Pike recognizes that this unfortunate circumstance sometimes happens, and he has the advanced training in dental implants and restorations to counter the adverse effects of missing teeth. Whether you've lost a tooth because of an injury, extensive decay, or disease, Dr. Pike can help!

The benefits of dental implants

Dental implants enhance smiles through:

  • Improved jaw bone integrity (most implants live right in the jaw, literally exercising and strengthening the bone every day)
  • Lifelike dental crowns, bridgework, or full dentures (Dr. Pike offers All-on-4 dentures secured by specially-angled implants)
  • Realistic oral function such as biting, chewing, and speaking
  • Natural smile appearance
  • Eased oral hygiene pertaining to brushing and flossing
  • Replacement teeth that last for years and years

Besides these benefits, patients enjoy a comfortable implant procedure that is performed entirely in-office. Local anesthetic eliminates discomfort as Dr. Pike incises the gums and creates a small hole in the bone before inserting the titanium implant into the jaw and closing the site with a few sutures. Then, osseointegration begins.

What is osseointegration, you ask? It's a miraculous process in which the jaw bone wraps around the titanium implant, securing it to bear the loads imposed by biting and chewing. Osseointegration takes many weeks but practically guarantees a stable, long-lasting implant. To finish a single-tooth implant, Dr. Pike will bond an extension post, or connector, and a porcelain crown to the fixture.

Qualifying for dental implants

Prior to beginning any treatment, you will consult with Dr. Pike regarding dental implants and their suitability for your smile needs. During this appointment, there will also be a discussion on your health history and current medical condition, as well as a complete oral examination involving X-rays and 3-D scans to determine the quality and quantity of your bone structure.

Sufficient bone is vital to implant success. If your jawbone has receded, however, don't despair! Dr. Pike likely can augment it with special materials and procedures. Suffice it to say, we here at The Scarsdale Dentist will help you make an informed decision about tooth replacement!

Learn more

A strong, healthy, attractive smile could be yours with dental implants from The Scarsdale Dentist! For your consultation, call the office today at (914) 725-0707.