Dental Implants

Svetlana Yampolsky, D.D.S.

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Replacing missing teeth is more than an aesthetic choice, it’s a critical part of preserving your overall health. Dr. Svetlana Yampolsky understands the role a healthy smile plays in your life and offers dental implants as a permanent solution for many women and men in Midtown West, NoMad, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and throughout New York City who are missing one or more teeth. There’s no better time than now to get started on a path to a restored smile. Dental implants can improve your overall health and give you back a well-functioning smile that looks good and feels natural. Schedule an appointment online or call the office to book your visit.

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Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants are a great option to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. They are truly able to enhance the quality of life for our patients. Unlike other options such as dental bridges and removable dentures, they are the only non-removable option that does not involve modifying and potentially damaging adjacent healthy teeth.

There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, chiefly that they:

  • Provide predictable, reliable results and are designed to last a lifetime
  • Look and feel like a natural tooth
  • Protect the remaining teeth from excessive forces (by spreading the chewing load) and stop teeth migrating, tilting and over-erupting
  • Improve facial appearance by preventing bone loss
  • Do not require support from other teeth – no grinding to remaining teeth
  • Are fixed in your mouth and do not require removal
  • Allow you to eat, speak, smile and laugh confidently

Why is it important to see an oral surgeon for dental implants?

Dental implants are a great option to permanently replace missing teeth. Unlike other options such as dental bridges and removable dentures, they are the only non-removable option that does not involve modifying and potentially damaging adjacent healthy teeth.

Dental implant surgery, while minimally invasive is still a surgical procedure. As a result, in our practice, we feel that dental implant surgery should be performed by fully trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a subspecialty of dentistry that requires an additional 4 to 6 years of intensive training in both surgery and medicine. We feel that Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to manage the complexities of bone, tissue, and nerves involved to give our patients the best possible and safest outcomes. This has been confirmed by a recent study which suggests that dental implant outcomes are best when performed by a specialist.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root, which becomes fully integrated into the jawbone and performs the same functions as your natural teeth. Functioning as you own natural tooth, dental implants make an extremely stable foundation for single-tooth crowns, bridges or support and replace all of the teeth in the patient's jaw. Also, titanium is a biocompatible material. The human body is exceptionally tolerant to titanium, this insures predictable healing and  successful integration of an implant with your jaw bone (osteointegration).

Why replace missing teeth?

Dental implants are positioned during a surgical procedure, and choosing the right dental professional to perform your treatment is critical. Dental implant surgery, while minimally invasive, is still a surgical procedure. As a result, in our practice we feel that dental implant surgery should be performed by fully trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a subspecialty of dentistry that requires an additional 4 to 6 years of intensive training in both surgery and medicine. We feel that Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to manage the complexities of bone, tissue, and nerves involved to give our patients the best and safest outcomes possible. This has been confirmed by a recent study which suggests that dental implant outcomes are best when performed by a specialist. 

Our Oral Surgeons have the expertise and training required to create dental implants that last a lifetime.

Why replace missing teeth?

Your teeth serve numerous functions, some of which you might not be aware of. In addition to the aesthetics of a beautiful smile, your teeth are critical to proper speech and nutrition. Your teeth also keep your jaw bone tissue strong and healthy.

Every bite places pressure on the bone tissue anchoring your teeth, keeping it strong and healthy. When you lose one or more teeth, your bone tissue is no longer stimulated and begins to wear away.

That disintegration can weaken the support that holds your remaining teeth in place. Bone loss also causes your face to develop a “caved in” appearance.

What is the process for getting dental implants?

Dental implant treatment does not require hospitalisation. In most cases, the implant placement is done in one visit using a local anaesthesia. In fact, most people find implant placement to be an easier procedure than having a tooth extraction. If you still feel apprehensive we can provide you with Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax during the procedure

Dental implants can be used when just 1 tooth is missing or when a number of teeth are missing or even when there are no teeth at all. It is a safe and predictable process.  Getting dental implants requires multiple visits with Dr. Yampolsky and a degree of patience.

Initial consultation

This is the most important part of the process, during your initial consultation, Dr. Yampolsky carries out a thorough examination  of your teeth and gums to determine if there’s active decay or gum disease.  Dr Yampolsky  will also take some X-rays and if necessary she will refer you for a CT (3D) scan of your head/jaw.  Based on this,  our oral surgeon will determine ideal position of each implant, as well as shape and size of future teeth. After this, Dr Yampolsky and  the oral surgeon will develop a complete and customized treatment plan, with all procedures and costs involved.

Placing the implant

Once your teeth and gums are healthy, our oral surgeon will place the dental implant in the ideal spot to form the gum tissue around the implant. One week after, sutures are removed. The implant is left to heal and integrate with your jaw bone for 3-6 months Once the dental implant is placed, you may receive a temporary crown.  so that you never have a gap.

Placing the abutment

When healing is complete the dental implant is exposed and the implant abutment is placed. The abutment is the piece that connects your implant to the custom crown, that is, the visible portion of your restoration. In some cases, Dr. Yampolsky installs your crown during this appointment, or you may need to wait until the dental lab crafts your crown.

Preparation for the final restoration

Dr Yampolsky takes the impressions for the new implant crown or in the case of multiple teeth the implant bridge or denture. A dental ceramist makes a permanent restoration with great detail and attention to achieve a truly tooth like appearance. The finest most aesthetic porcelains and ceramics are layered using a number of shades to achieve outstanding natural looking results.

Placment of Crowns, Bridges or Dentures

Dr.  Yampolsky cements the permanent restoration  directly over the implant abutment, then she checks your bite to ensure you are comfortable chewing your food and you leave the office with a brand new smile that looks, feels and functions exactly like a natural one!

Frequently asked questions:

When to decide to have dental implants?

Losing a tooth can be devastating, not only because it affects the way you look, but also because it can lead to other physical problems that may affect your health and prevent you from smiling with confidence. It is extremely important to replace missing teeth with dental implants promptly in order to prevent health problems such as:

  • Bone loss
  • Shifting and loosening of teeth
  • changes in the bite as a result of shifting teeth
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Difficulty to chew and diagest food
  • Increased load chewing on the remaining teeth

Do I Qualify for dental implant procedure?

We examine every patient to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant procedure. What’s important is the presence of an adequate amount of healthy bone to surround the newly placed dental implant. Also, it is very important to treat active periodontal disease prior to dental implant surgery. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, may interfere with the placement of dental implants. We do not place dental implant in pregnant women or in children.

The dental and facial bones are still forming and growing at that age. Occasionally we advice our patients to quite smoking, as it might affect the healing stage of dental implant.

Do I need to replace my Dental implants?

Based on research and our clinical experience, we know that implants may last the patient's lifetime. Correctly planned and carefully preformed treatment is imperative to ensuring success of your dental implants.

An extremely important factor influencing the longevity of your dental implants is the proper oral hygiene and regular comprehensive dental hygiene visits.

Similar to how bacteria form plaque on your natural teeth, bacteria build heavy clumps of colonies on the surface of implants below the gum line. If not controlled, bacteria penetrate deep into the live tissue surrounding an implant and will negatively impact the longevity of your dental implant.

It is our goal to maintain your implants in a perfect and fully functional condition. To assure the longevity of your implants and protect your investment we have designed an implant-maintenance program.  We call it implants for life.