If you have lost one or more teeth, it is essential that you replace the missing teeth to keep your smile in good health and function. Replacing your missing teeth also enhances the beauty of your smile and boosts your self-confidence in your appearance. One of the options Dr. Janice Hall Ormsby offers at East Shore Dental Care for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that are exceptionally similar to natural teeth in how they look, feel, and function. The process for getting a dental implant in Ithaca, New York, involves two main steps:
- The dental implant post, which is typically made of biocompatible titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the location of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root. During a healing period of a few months, the jawbone tissues begin to fuse with the implant for a stable, lasting restoration.
- After this healing period, our dentist places a dental implant restoration on top of the post. Based on your specific dental needs, the implant restoration may be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture.
With proper care, your dental implant can last a lifetime. If you would like to learn more about dental implants that are less invasive and less costly, please call our office today, 607-273-3151.