The loss of teeth often causes a person’s face to appear older and sunken. With the use of dental implants, Dr. Kay, Dr. Yaffe, and Dr. Berson can help breathe life back into a person’s face by re-creating a full and natural smile. Much more aesthetically pleasing than bridges or partial dentures, implants are mainly used to replace missing teeth and can also support dentures and prevent the bone loss and facial aging often caused by unsupported dentures. Implants can also be used to replace full dentures for a natural appearance and greater comfort.
How They Work
A prosthetic fixture (usually made of titanium) is placed into the bone beneath the gum tissue. The implant serves as a “virtual root” onto which a tooth or teeth are affixed. After placement, the implant site is allowed to heal for four to six months. Placement of the implant requires the use of a local anesthetic and healing is usually quick with minimal discomfort. This part of the procedure is performed in our office by a periodontist, a specialist in gum and bone surgery, and then Dr. Kay, Dr. Yaffe, or Dr. Berson add their cosmetic expertise for wonderful results. Although implants take longer to place and can be more costly than other options, they can provide permanent restoration and a very natural appearance, earning their reputation as a state-of-the-art option for tooth replacement.