The placement of dental implants is a safe, modern, and lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are pure titanium fixtures that are surgically implanted into the jaw to serve as bases for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Once an implant has integrated into the jaw, a post is secured to it to provide support for the restoration.
Implants have provided thousands of people with beautiful, natural looking smiles by replacing their missing or badly damaged teeth. In addition to enhancing a person’s appearance, dental implants have been proven to:
- Restore nearly all of a person’s chewing strength and eliminate any previous discomfort
- Prevent gum damage from occurring when teeth on either side of a gap shift from their normal position
- Eliminate speech impediments caused by missing teeth
- Strengthen the treated area of the smile
At our practice, we specialize in creating healthy new smiles through the placement of dental implants. Dr. Elkowitz’s credentials in this area of dentistry include membership in the Academy of Osseointegration and advanced post-doctoral study in implantology. He is also an instructor in the Division of Prosthodontics at North Shore University Hospital. Through his expertise in various types of implant placement, Dr. Elkowitz has provided numerous people with full, vibrant smiles.
If you have lost one or more of your teeth and would like to learn more about how dental implants could rejuvenate your appearance and provide you with a strong, healthy smile, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants replace tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth and can aid in the prevention of bone loss in the jaw.
Implant Supported Bridges
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
For patients who are missing many or all of their teeth, implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. In order to replace a full arch denture, a minimum of four implants is generally recommended. Eligibility for this solution is dependent upon a number of factors, with jaw bone density being one of the most significant determining factors.
Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the gums, held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives.
Full Arch with Only Four Implants
This procedure is a unique implant solution that allows patients with a completely edentulous (toothless) upper or lower arch to replace all of the teeth in that arch using only four implants as anchors.
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs)
There are times when a full size implant is not a viable option, and in many cases an MDI may be a great solution. Small spaces or inadequate bone mass in the jaw may prevent the use of traditional implants. Mini Dental Implants are similar to regular implants but, as the name suggests, are significantly smaller in diameter. Dental implants typically take 2 visits and require a waiting period of a few months from the time of implant placement to the time the permanent replacement tooth can be placed. The placement of MDIs is minimally invasive, often requiring only local anesthetic and no sutures. For this reason, MDIs can often be placed with the final replacement tooth in one day.
Guided Implant Placement
With this technique, specialized software is used to create custom surgical guides. These guides direct the exact location, angle, and depth of each implant placement. The use of the guide increases the accuracy, efficiency, safety, and predictability of the procedure.