At East Tremont Dental, we realize that having a missing tooth or teeth can make people feel self-conscious about their smile. Fortunately, Bronx general dentist Dr. Robert E. Steinberger can help. Whether an individual has lost a single tooth or multiple teeth due to injury, decay or periodontal (gum) disease, Dr. Steinberger can restore the patient’s smile with dental implants. Dental implants are convenient, comfortable and long-lasting, so individuals can stop worrying about their dental imperfections and start smiling again.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is comprised of a prosthetic root that replaces an individual’s natural tooth root and serves as a foundation for a dental crown, dentures or a permanent tooth. Dr. Steinberger implants the synthetic tooth root into the patient’s jawbone. Over time, the jawbone slowly fuses to the dental implant. The meticulous Bronx dentist then tops the dental implant with a permanent tooth, a crown, dentures or a dental bridge, so it looks and functions like natural teeth. With good care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The Dental Implant Procedure
During your first office visit, Dr. Steinberger customizes a dental treatment plan to meet your unique needs. The personally tailored treatment protocol may involve: replacing a single missing tooth with one dental implant and crown; replacing multiple missing teeth with multiple implants and one or more dental bridges; or replacing all teeth with full or partial dentures supported by dental implants.
On the day of your dental implant procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered prior to starting the implant process, so you do not feel anything and are completely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. The experienced Bronx dentist then surgically implants the prosthetic root into the jawbone.
If, for some reason, you do not have a sufficient mass of jawbone in the upper back area of your mouth to support dental implants, Dr. Steinberger may need to perform sinus augmentation before he can position the implants. Sinus augmentation involves raising the sinus floor to enhance bone mass, so there is an adequate amount of bone to support your implants properly.
If you have a jawbone abnormality that makes it difficult to support the implants, Dr. Steinberger may perform ridge augmentation. To do so, the general dentist gently lifts the gum off the jawbone ridge, exposing any bone deformities. He then fills any imperfections with either natural bone that has been grafted from another area or synthetic bone material. Once Dr. Steinberger has repaired the ridge, he can securely place the dental implants.
How to Care for Dental Implants at Home
Dr. Steinberger will provide you with thorough instructions about how to take care of your dental implants. Generally, however, you should treat your dental implants as you would your regular teeth: Continue to brush two times a day, floss once a day and rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. It is important that you keep all your dental appointments, including your annual dental exam and semi-annual cleanings, so Dr. Steinberger can monitor the health of your natural teeth and dental implants.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you feel self-conscious about your missing teeth and desire a healthy smile you can show off, consider undergoing dental implants treatment with Dr. Steinberger. With dental implants, the compassionate dentist can give you back the smile you deserve.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Steinberger to find out more about dental implant treatment — and determine if you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure — please contact East Tremont Dental by calling (718) 823-3000 today.
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Patients who are searching for an experienced dentist often visit the office of East Tremont Dental Assoc. to receive care from Drs. Steinberger, Morhaim and Josen. With years of experience in dentistry, they are able to provide dental crowns, tooth implants and porcelain veneers patients with top-quality dental care in the Bronx.
East Tremont Dental Assoc.
3875 East Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465