Meet Your Implant Dentists
Dr. Sanae Berrada brings over 15 years of dental care experience to every patient she serves. In addition to her training at New York University and the Berkshire Medical Center, she has also taken many hours of continuing education dedicated specifically to dental implants. She is so confident in this treatment method that she is also a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She continues to educate herself on the latest technology and techniques so she can always increase her level of expertise and care. This is why patients and doctors alike consider her the local dental implants expert. She has helped rebuild hundreds of smiles and looks forward to all of the great care she can provide with them.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of three primary components: a small titanium post, a dental prosthetic, and an abutment that connects these two elements. The implant post is what makes this treatment different than other restorative procedures, and it is also the key to its effectiveness.
This post is used to replace the root of a missing tooth, which is something traditional crowns and bridges simply can’t do. This helps provide a kind of stability for your replacement teeth that can only be matched by natural teeth. Plus, the titanium is actually biocompatible, which means it is able to bond directly to the surrounding bone. This is exactly how your other teeth work, and it’s how implants help provide essential support for your jaw that will maintain your oral health and your face’s shape for many years to come.
Above the gum line, dental implants can be topped with a variety of dental prosthetics that can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire mouthful of teeth. They’ll be primarily made of dental porcelain milled by our CEREC machine, meaning they will be strong, durable, and blend in completely with the rest of your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Stability: Dental implants replace your entire tooth’s structure, particularly the root. This new titanium root bonds directly to your jaw to make sure that once your replacement teeth are in your mouth, they won’t be going anywhere.
Aesthetics: The all-porcelain restorations look and feel just like natural teeth. You won’t have to deal with darkly colored metal crowns or unsightly black lines along your gums. You get a complete treatment that will make your smile look as great as it feels.
Versatility: Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide the same fantastic results. In fact, most implant-retained prosthetics look better and provide more health benefits than their traditional counterparts (such as crowns, bridges, and dentures).
Longevity: Dental implants only require routine brushing, flossing, and routine checkups to last 30 years or more, which is multiple times longer than typical restorations.
How Can I Get Dental Implants?
To begin getting dental implants, you simply need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berrada. During this meeting, you’ll discuss your smile goals and she’ll determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants (more on this in the FAQ). If you are, the process involves 3 main phases:
Placement: This is a minor surgical procedure where Dr. Berrada will make a small incision in your gums and place the implant post(s) directly into your jaw. She’ll use a variety of scans and x-rays to make a treatment plan specifically tailored to you and ensure your procedure is successful.
Healing: You’ll then be given 4-6 months for your gums and jaw to heal. You shouldn’t have too much lasting pain or soreness from the procedure, and it usually can be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. This period is mostly to allow time for the roots to bond directly to your jaw. You’ll also be fitted with a temporary restoration so you’ll always have teeth during this time.
Restoration: The big day is here! This is when you’ll return to our office to have your final restoration placed. After that, your new smile is ready for the world! We always love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they see their new smile for the very first time.
Types of Restorations for Dental Implants
This is typically used to replace a single missing tooth. An all-porcelain crown will be shaped and milled by our CEREC machine, and then Dr. Berrada will attach it directly to the implant.
After an implant-retained crown has been placed, it can then be attached to other prosthetic teeth to replace a row of missing teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges do not require any of your remaining teeth to be filed down to hold supporting crowns. Basically, it does a better job of preserving your natural smile.
Multiple implant posts can also support a full or partial denture. These implant retained prosthetics have a multitude of benefits over traditional ones:
- Since they are held in place with implants rather than natural suction or metal clasps, implant-retained dentures never pop, click, or slip unexpectedly.
- The implants help the jaw and gums maintain their natural fullness, so the dentures will be able to maintain their optimum fit for much longer.
- Because of their stability, implant-retained dentures allow a person to have a much stronger bite force than traditional ones. This means they can enjoy many foods they were not able to chew before, which often includes healthy proteins and fibrous vegetables. This ability to eat a wider variety of foods is a drastic benefit when it comes to someone’s overall health.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do dental implants work?
Why are dental implants better than traditional crowns and bridges?
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for dental implants?
How long does it take to get dental implants?
How long do dental implants last?
How much does a dental implant cost?
- How many implant posts you need
- What kind of restoration you want
- If you have any insurance coverage/financing
When compared to other restorative treatments, dental implants tend to be the better long-term financial investment. While they might cost more than traditional treatments upfront, they will last much longer and provide many additional health benefits. Often, traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures will need to be replaced every 5-10 years, while dental implants can easily last for 30+.
Contact Us For Dental Implants!
Whether you’ve just lost a tooth or have had them missing for years, dental implants can provide the long lasting and beautiful solution your smile needs. To get started, simply contact our office, and we can get to work rebuilding your smile.