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By CARL H. TEGTMEIER, DMD
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A smile gap changes your appearance, your outlook and how the world perceives you. Also, tooth loss impacts the strength and position of dental implantsyour remaining teeth. Learn how tooth replacement with dental implants from Dr. Carl Tegtmeier in Mount Kisco, NY fills smile gaps and avoids the harmful effects of tooth loss.

Dental implants do it all

They look natural, they feel natural and they stay in place for decades. How do dental implants do all that? These artificial teeth are anchored by titanium metal screws strategically placed right into the jaw bone. Through a process known as osseointegration, an implant and the jaw bone meld together, creating an inseparable bond and strong foundation for a metal post and customized porcelain crown.

Placed in multiples, dental implants support bridges, partial dentures, full fixed dentures and full removable dentures, making implants the most versatile tooth replacements available today. Additionally, common problems of denture slippage, bone and gum deterioration and prematurely aged facial appearance disappear. While initially more costly than other options, dental implants cost less in the long run because they rarely fail or need replacement.

Placing implants

Dr. Tegtmeier carefully evaluates his prospective implant patients in Mount Kisco. Using visual inspection, digital X-rays and three-dimensional imaging, your dentist ensures you have sufficient jaw bone to support a dental implant. If you do, the oral surgery takes place in two stages:

  1. Incision of gums and insertion of the implant into the jaw, followed by healing and osseointegration
  2. Placement of the post and crown

After placement, the patient cares for his or her new tooth with diligent brushing and flossing at home and with in-office cleanings and exams. The patient also avoids smoking if possible because tobacco causes peri-implantitis, an infection resembling gum disease. This infection often necessitates implant removal.

However, the vast majority of dental implants--95 percent, states the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness--stay in place, function and beautify smiles for a lifetime. With dental implants, you can count on a smile that's amazingly close to perfectly natural.

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Don't let a lost tooth weaken your smile and self-esteem. Replace it with a stunning dental implant from Dr. Tegtmeier in Mount Kisco, NY. For a convenient consultation, call his staff at (914) 241-2069.

By CARL H. TEGTMEIER, DMD
March 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Missing teeth don't have to dictate your appearance any longer.dental implants

Missing a tooth - or several - doesn't give you much to smile about. You likely take careful measures to make sure the gaps don't show. But with dental implants from Dr. Carl Tegtmeier, your dentist in Mount Kisco, NY, you can have a smile you'll be proud to show off! Learn more about dental implants here.

Implant info

Dental implants are made up of three parts: the post, the abutment and the crown. The post is the first part of the implant that your Mount Kisco dentist will place; a small space in the jawbone is made to accommodate the post, which looks like a tiny screw and is made of lightweight and hypoallergenic metal. The procedure to place the post doesn't take long, and the site heals quickly. However, several months will pass before the rest of the implant can be attached, as it takes time for the jawbone to grow around the post, fusing it into place permanently. The abutment is another tiny piece of metal that attaches the post to the crown, the final and visible part of the dental implant. The crown is made of porcelain and is carefully crafted to look exactly like a natural tooth.

Interest in implants

Dental implants are becoming extremely popular as a way of replacing missing teeth. They look impeccably realistic; their shade and size is matched to the rest of your teeth using measurements and pictures from your Mount Kisco dentist. Their permanence is also a benefit. Unlike crowns, bridges or dentures, dental implants are made to last a lifetime. They do not need adjustment, nor do they need to be removed for cleaning and will not shift while eating or talking. All of these assets make dental implants from Dr. Tegtmeier the best option for tooth restoration available.

If you'd like to learn more about how your Mount Kisco, NY, dentist can restore your smile with dental implants, contact our office today!