Achieving a naturally beautiful smile is the goal of all Buffalo, NY patients who consider dental implants. Whether due to disease, damage or decay, missing teeth not only hinder one’s appearance, but also, if left untreated, can eventually adversely affect oral and dental health. There are many options available at Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, DDS, in Buffalo, New York when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but only one can provide stable, long-lasting results while providing a natural look and feel — dental implants.
Patients have been undergoing tooth replacement procedures for hundreds of years, but due to recent advancements in dental technology, today dental implant procedures provide the ability to replace a single tooth, a group of teeth or an entire set of teeth, with stable, long-lasting results. Are dental implants the right choice for you? At Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, DDS, Buffalo, NY patients learn about the various benefits of this innovative treatment and in order to decide implants will help to restore their smile.
Dental Implant Uses
Dental implants are sought after by patients in Buffalo, NY for a variety of reasons:
- To replace one or more damaged, decayed, broken or missing teeth without relying on support from
- Support a dental prosthetic such as a bridge or a crown
- Provide stabilization for dentures for a more natural smile.
NO matter what your reason is for undergoing the dental implant treatment at Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, DDS, The dental implant procedure is not something that can be completed in one single visit, but Buffalo patients will tell you that the results are well worth the time and effort. During your first appointment, Dr. Oppenheimer will assess the area in order to determine if you are a proper candidate. Certain criteria need to be met in order for patients to achieve proper stabilization.
Once it is determined that patients are proper candidates, they will undergo dental implant surgery. There are two main types of dental implant surgery Buffalo patients can expect:
Subperiosteal - This involves implant placement 'on the bone'. A metal framework is protruded through the gum line, which acts as a grip for the dental prosthesis (artificial tooth) .This treatment is used for those patients that are not proper candidates for traditional dental implants.
Endosteal – The opposite of subperiosteal, this treatment involves 'in the bone' implant placement. This treatment requires surgical placement of cylinders, blades or screws into the jawbone, which act as stabilizers or ‘tooth roots’ for the artificial tooth or teeth. Traditional dental implants are considered Endosteal.
The duration of the entire procedure varies from patient to patient depending on a variety of individual factors including the patient’s oral health, physical condition and anatomy. Dental implants at Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, DDS in Buffalo, NY involve several procedures and can take anywhere from three to nine months to complete. Before getting started, stop in for a consultation to determine if dental implants are the best treatment for replacing your missing teeth and perfecting your smile.