Tooth loss can have a negative impact on your daily life, causing you to experience discomfort during meals or feel self-conscious about your smile. For the right candidates, dental implants can be an optimal solution for missing or severely damaged teeth. Dental implants allow patients to chew and speak without worrying that their restoration will shift out of place. Available at our Brooklyn, NY, practice, these restorations replace missing tooth roots to support crowns, bridges, and dentures. In addition to providing excellent support, implants are the only solution that can stop jawbone atrophy following tooth loss. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. John S. McIntyre employs the most cutting-edge solutions when providing his patients with dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium fixture that is placed at the site of a missing tooth and is embedded directly into the bone tissue. Essentially structured like a small screw, a dental implant acts as a tooth root and can be used to support dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures, restoring full function to your smile.
Are You a Candidate?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. McIntyre will perform an evaluation during a scheduled consultation. The doctor or a member of our team will use a cone beam computerized tomography (CT) tool to take a 3-D image of your teeth, nerves, bone, and soft tissue. These high-definition images help Dr. McIntyre ensure that you have enough bone tissue to support an implant. If you decide to move forward with surgery, these images will also help determine the best placement for the implants.
The best candidates for dental implants are those patients who are in good overall health, have healthy teeth and gums, and do not smoke. You must also have sufficient jawbone tissue to support an implant. If you have experienced any jaw atrophy since losing teeth, Dr. McIntyre can perform a bone grafting procedure to restore the jaw in preparation for implants.
Once you have received your implants and restorations, it is also crucial to maintain conscientious oral hygiene, which involves brushing and flossing daily.
In order to ensure optimal comfort, Dr. McIntyre will administer a local anesthetic at the beginning of the procedure. In addition, he may offer light sedation or nitrous oxide depending upon your needs. Next, the doctor will make a small incision in the gums at the site of the missing tooth to expose the jawbone. He will then carefully drill directly into the bone to create a space for the implant to be placed. After the implants are inserted, the doctor will close the incision with sutures.
The next phase of the procedure is the healing phase and involves a process called osseointegration. During this time, your jawbone will fuse with the embedded dental implant. This creates a strong and stable base upon which implant restorations can be placed. This process can take anywhere from three to six months, but it is crucial that you allow enough time for the implants to completely fuse with your jawbone. Once healing is complete, Dr. McIntyre will refer you to a trusted prosthodontist who can provide your custom crown, bridge, or dentures.
Why Dr. McIntyre?
As an oral surgeon, Dr. McIntyre has extensive training and experience helping patients achieve a better quality of life through dental implants. In addition, he uses Straumann implants, recognized as some of the most trusted and reliable on the market. With proper care, these technologically advanced titanium implants can last the rest of your life. Over the course of a 10-year study, Straumann implants demonstrated a 98.8 percent success rate, which is one of the highest to be clinically recorded.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are suffering from missing teeth, Dr. McIntyre can help restore your oral health, appearance, and confidence. To schedule your consultation, call our office at (718) 638-2200 or contact our office online. A knowledgeable member of our team can help answer any questions you may have about dental implants.