Up to 500,000 Americans get dental implants each year. If you’re missing one or more permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and make biting and chewing easier. At his self-titled practice located in Midtown, Manhattan, cosmetic dentist Dr. Dorian Cucereanu, DDS, boasts over 20 years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. To make an appointment, call the office in New York City, or book online today.
Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in your jaw during a quick procedure. After placement, the implants fuse with your jawbone, providing a base for crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants are different from other restorations in that they don’t rely on your healthy teeth for support. As a result, they’re easier to clean and care for. What’s more, with routine checkups and optimal oral hygiene, dental implants last decades.
Dental implants offer many benefits, including:
Dental implants may even reduce your risk of more serious dental issues. For example, by replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, you can prevent gum recession and bone loss.
If you want dental implants, you need healthy gum tissue and enough jawbone to support them. Before recommending implants, Dr. Cucereanu reviews your dental records, conducts an oral exam, and takes digital X-rays.
Let Dr. Cucereanu know if you take prescription medication or have an underlying medical condition, like heart disease. These factors won’t keep you from getting implants, but they may increase your risk of complications.
At the practice of Dr. Dorian Cucereanu, getting implants takes three visits.
If Dr. Cucereanu determines you qualify for implants, he numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and inserts a series of dental implants into your jaw. After the procedure, Dr. Cucereanu moves you to a recovery room for observation and provides care instructions.
When the dental implants finish fusing with your jaw, you return to Dr. Cucereanu’s practice.
Dr. Cucereanu takes digital impressions of your mouth with an intraoral scanner and sends them to a nearby dental laboratory. Then, techs at the lab use your impressions to design and create custom restorations, like crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
When the dental lab finishes your custom restorations, you visit Dr. Cucereanu for the last time. Dr. Cucereanu numbs your mouth with an anesthetic and carefully attaches your dental restorations to the implants. After placing the implants, Dr. Cucereanu polishes them and explains how to keep them in optimal condition.
Clean and care for your dental implants daily. To reduce the risk of damage, Dr. Cucereanu recommends:
If you play contact sports, like football or hockey, it’s also important to wear a mouthguard.
To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Dorian Cucereanu by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.