Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side & Kips Bay, New York, NY

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, at Bar and Smith Dental in Kips Bay and the Upper East Side of New York City, can help replace your missing teeth and improve their aesthetics and functionality with dental implants. To make sure you don’t experience any dental consequences related to missing teeth, call the office, or book your appointment online.

Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the preferential procedure to replace the missing teeth in your mouth because they don’t require the removal or preparation of any adjacent teeth such as with bridges.

The Bar and Smith Dental team can perform dental implant surgery on one or more missing teeth. Your implant involves an abutment, a crown, and a titanium rod taking the place of your natural tooth root. The dentist secures the rod into your jawbone, making it a strong and durable foundation for your replacement tooth.

Because of how secure implants are, the dental staff may recommend fixed-implant bridges instead of a partial denture to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

At Bar and Smith Dental, the team offers the highest-quality dental implants to provide you with the following benefits:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Ability to eat and speak with more ease
  • Improved overall oral health
  • Tooth shifting prevention

One of the most serious consequences of missing teeth is bone loss to the jaw. Within the first year after losing a tooth, the width of your jawbone can decrease by 25%. Because of this, it’s important you don’t wait to visit Bar and Smith Dental after losing a tooth.

What should I expect during implant surgery?

To begin, you have a dental checkup to see if you have enough jawbone density to support the implant. Often times, the dental staff perform digital X-rays to ensure you’re a good candidate for the implant procedure. If you don’t have sufficient bone in your jaw, you may need a bone grafting procedure prior to placing the implant.

Assuming there’s enough jawbone to move forward, your dentist numbs the surgery site to make sure you have a painless and pleasant experience. Afterward, they make a tiny incision into your gum tissue and place the titanium rod into the bone socket of the missing tooth.

The first stage of the surgery is complete when they stitch up your incision. You then wait between three to five months for your implant and jawbone to heal and integrate together.

Once your jawbone and implant fuse together, you come back for a second appointment at Bar and Smith Dental where your dentist attaches an abutment to your implant with a screw. This part connects your implant to your new tooth, called a crown.

Dental implants provide you with the ability to be confident in your smile once again by replacing your missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants, call Bar and Smith Dental today, or book your appointment online.