Dental implants are the gateway to a strong, healthy, and functional smile. If you struggle to feel confident with missing teeth, Nishita Gandhi, DDS, performs highly effective dental implant procedures at both of her Bronx, New York, offices. Dental implants create a stable base for your dentures or crowns, so your bite feels comfortable and natural. For more information on your options, call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or schedule a consultation online.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that take the place of your missing tooth roots. If you have missing teeth, implants hold your new prosthetics perfectly in place, so they look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they give you the confidence to eat the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile without worry.
There are many dental implant benefits to consider when discussing your tooth replacement options with Dr. Gandhi, such as:
Dental implants hold your prosthetic teeth firmly in your mouth, so they can’t slip or irritate your gums. Once placed, you can’t see them, which helps your crowns or dentures look and feel as natural as your existing teeth. They also help maintain your natural facial structure with a strong, sturdy base.
Unlike dental bridges or non implant-supported dentures, dental implants are permanent. They aren’t removable, so you never have to worry about cleaning them, and they last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Since dental implants secure your prosthetic teeth in place, they won’t irritate your gums when you eat. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy the foods you love without pain.
With your prosthetic teeth firmly in place, dental implants eliminate the side effects such as mumbling, slurred speech, increased saliva production, and speaking with a lisp.
Tooth-supported dental bridges require Dr. Gandhi to reduce your neighboring teeth but dental implants do not. This allows you to keep the structure of as many of your natural teeth as possible and provides easy access for you to brush and floss regularly.
Dr. Gandhi must first examine your mouth to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants. If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support an implant, you may need a bone graft surgery before the implant procedure. Next, Dr. Gandhi creates an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for your smile and oral health goals.
The first step of the procedure is inserting the implants. Dr. Gandhi numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic before inserting the dental implant directly into the socket left behind by your missing tooth. She then implants the post into your gums and jawbone to secure it.
What makes dental implants unique is how they fuse to your jawbone during the healing process, which takes approximately three to six months. Once your mouth has fully healed, Dr. Gandhi exposes the top of the implant and attaches a connector for your prosthetic teeth.
Finally, she takes impressions of your mouth to serve as models to design your new teeth. Throughout the healing process, you and Dr. Gandhi can discuss which prosthetic is right for you.
To learn more about dental implants and your tooth replacement options, call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or book an appointment online today.