Dental Implants Specialist

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York

Jessica A. Pandich, DDS

Prosthodontist & General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Dental implants are one of the most exciting developments in dental restoration, and provide patients with a permanent means of replacing lost teeth. At Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York, Dr. Jessica A. Pandich is highly skilled in the proper placement of dental implants serving patients near Bryant Park and Grand Central in Midtown Manhattan.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a form of permanent tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, bridgework or crowns, dental implants are anchored within the patient’s jawbone structure, similar to how natural teeth are held in place. That provides stability and durability unmatched by any other form of tooth replacement. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and are custom-created to match the rest of the patient’s teeth, improving both functionality and appearance. Many patients choose dental implants over other options because they want a restoration that is permanent and virtually maintenance-free. The implant is actually made of three separate parts, the implant, the abutment and the restoration (crown.)

What is the process for obtaining dental implants?

The process begins with a comprehensive dental evaluation, during which time the dentist will determine if the patient is a good candidate for implants. Next, the patient comes in to have the implant portion placed within the jawbone, which requires a small incision in the gum and the use of a drill to create the space for positioning the implant directly into the bone. The patient will then go through a healing process while the bone tissue bonds with the metal implant. Once that is complete, an appointment is made to create the space for the abutment to join the implant. After the gum tissue goes through that healing process, the patient returns to have the crown portion of the implant set into position.

Are dental implants a good fit for every patient?

During the initial consultation, the dental practitioner will evaluate the patient’s dental health to determine if implants are a good option. For an implant to be effective, the patient must have a sufficient amount of bone to anchor the implant. If there is not enough bone, then the dentist will discuss options including bone grafting or bone distraction. For a small number of patients, bridgework or dentures are a better solution than dental implants.