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by Kate Brayman, DDS

Dental Implants In New York City by Kate Brayman, DDS

Dr. Kate Brayman is a dental implant specialist. She helps patients who come into her clinic and need teeth replaced. This could be a single tooth, or in some cases an entire mouth full of teeth. The cases with which she works range from very simple to extremely complex, but in the end, the patients have better smiles and better self-confidence. We use implants to work with adult braces, or to support braces as well. We are also an expert on bone loss and overall dental health and care. Here are some of the services provided in our state-of-the-art dental office: 

  • Dental implant to replace a single tooth
  • Dental implants to restore an entire mouth
  • Implant Supported Dentures
  • Bone graft
  • Replacing dental implants
  • Surgical tooth extractions
  • Sinus lift

If a patient’s bone structure is healthy enough, our clinic can even provide same-day dental implant service when a tooth is extracted. Despite the negative feelings people can have towards dental procedures, patients love Dr. Brayman. She addresses their questions and eases their concerns, and also provides amazing workmanship and results. Despite how you might feel about dentists in general, you can not go wrong working with our dedicated team. We are highly regarded as one of the top dental implant specialists in NYC.

Dental implants are one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Kate Brayman. Contact our practice, Kate Brayman DDS, in New York City, to learn how dental implants create such a secure anchor for new teeth, dental bridges, or dentures that they function and feel like your original teeth.

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Are You Considering Getting Dental Implants?

If you are seeking the very best in dental implant techniques and procedures, then Dr. Kate Brayman is your best option in New York City. For years, she has been working on building healthy teeth and beautiful smiles so that when her patients walk out of her office doors, they feel their absolute best.  If you aren’t happy with the way your teeth look, it will undoubtedly affect your self-confidence. Why not let Dr. Brayman help you feel great about your teeth and your smile? 

While there have been many advances made in the science behind dental health and hygiene throughout the years, the reality is that people still lose their teeth. Dental implants are a great solution if you have gaps in your smile. The best thing about them is that they can seamlessly integrate with your mouth, so that others won’t even notice they are there. They will help improve the appearance of your smile, but also help with your speech, eating, and the comfort of your mouth. On top of all this, implants can greatly improve the health of your mouth by shoring up those gaps where bacteria can build up. 

Dental implants can be treated just like regular teeth. There’s no special equipment and no special technique to clean or maintain them. Your usual brushing and flossing routine will work just fine. Dental implants are the closest to the real thing you can possibly get.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. It can also work to support dentures if the dentist feels that is the most appropriate solution. The implant itself is a small post made of titanium that is surgically implanted below the gum line into the jawbone. Titanium is the metal used in many prosthetics and artificial joints. The implant will fuse with the jawbone over time, and become a permanent fixture in your mouth.

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, serving as an option to traditional procedures such as dental bridges and dentures. The implant is made from a titanium post that’s embedded in the jawbone. It replaces the root of the original tooth, and it securely anchors the new tooth. A specially shaped piece of metal, the abutment, is fastened to the top of the implant, then the new tooth is attached to the abutment.

Dentures and bridges can fall out or need replacement, and can also limit the types of food a patient eats. Implants will stabilize the jawbone and help prevent further tooth loss, all while allowing you to eat whatever you want.

Implants can be embedded in the jaw without bothering surrounding teeth, and you can have multiple dental implants. However, your gums must be healthy and your jawbone must be able to support the implant. If the bone is too thin or soft, a bone graft may needed before an implant can be used.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Every case must be properly assessed to ensure that the results are the best they can be for each individual patient. Every patient is different, from their existing dental and medical situation to their wants and needs from the procedure. Good dentistry means taking everything into account, from the aesthetic to the functional, to create dental implant solutions that will look great, feel comfortable, and work just like real teeth. 

Sometimes, it takes understanding what went wrong in the first place with the natural teeth to get it right with implants. When planning out the process, factors such as time and financial constraints should be considered, to ensure that patient expectations are managed. There are several treatment options, and they all carry their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Once everything is fully considered and evaluated, we will present you with a treatment plan for your approval.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Should you decide to move forward, it is important that you properly prepare for a dental implant procedure.  Meaning that you must be both physically and mentally ready. 

Here are a few things to note before you decide to move forward:

  • You should be in general good health.
  • There cannot be any lingering dental diseases. All must be treated and eliminated before treatment begins.
  • Any plaque should be removed by a professional dental hygienist.
  • An inspection of the mouth must show that there is no inflammation or infection prior to surgery.

What to expect when getting dental implant surgery in New York City?

NYC Dental Implant Surgery Phases

There are two phases to replacing missing teeth. The first is the surgical phase, and the second is the prosthetic phase, which is also called the restorative phase. 

Surgical Phase

The surgical phase is when our implant specialist, Dr. Kate Brayman, will implant the artificial root into the jawbone. This implanted root will then work in place of the actual root and will in fact fuse with the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration. In some cases, the jaw does not have enough bone to properly support the implant. If this is the case, then Dr. Brayman may use a bone graft to help shore up the jaw. This can happen at the same time as the implant, so it does not involve two separate procedures. 

Restorative or Prosthetic Phase

The restorative phase does not begin before a certain time period has passed. This period is generally 3-4 months, after the implant. When this phase begins, Dr. Brayman will place an implant abutment on the implant. A scan will then get sent to a lab for examination. Using the scan, they will make a custom dental implant, such as a crown, denture, or bridge, that will fit the mouth perfectly. When it is first inserted, it will be properly adjusted for a comfortable fit.

What can you expect when you visit Dr. Brayman for a dental implant?

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At your first appointment, Dr. Brayman will give you a thorough dental exam to be sure you don’t have gum disease and to treat any issues like dental decay. Preparation for the implantincludes X-rays and possibly a CT scan to get a better look at the jaw. Dr. Brayman will also take an impression of your mouth which is used to make the new tooth.

After all the preparation is done and the implant is ready, you’ll have dental surgery to install the metal post into the jawbone. Over the next 5-6 months, the area heals and the implant fuses with the surrounding bone. When you’re completely healed, the dental abutment and new tooth are attached.

How long will your implant last?

Fortunately, if the mouth and the implants are properly cared for, then they may never need replacing. However, if the gum around the implant gets disease or is unhealthy is some way, then the implant can become loose. It is important to follow a proper dental health routine, such as regular brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning and checkups. The implants will be in good shape as long as the mouth remains healthy.

Dental implants should be permanent — they can last a lifetime — but they can fail under certain circumstances. If you develop gum disease near the implant, infection and inflammation can damage the bone which could loosen the implant. While you don’t have to worry about dental decay, the crowns, bridges, or dentures attached to the implant can get cracked or damaged.

Certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases, affect whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Since we are dedicated to practicing holistic dental care, we pay attention to the interaction between your overall health and dental problems. We will make sure you don’t have any health concerns that might prevent you from having a dental implant.

Can You Get Same-Day Dental Implants In NYC?

Dental implants can absolutely be done on the same day that a tooth is extracted. However, it depends on the health of the jawbone at the time. The procedure is officially called immediate implant placement. At the time of the extraction, our implant specialist can decide whether a patient is an appropriate candidate to have a dental implant on the same day. 

If it is not done on the same day, then an implant is usually placed anywhere between three to six months afterwards. This is to allow time to rebuild the bone or to clear up any infections. In the meantime, a patient has a few options to fill the gap in the mouth while waiting for an implant. Those options are a bonded fake tooth, removable flipper, or a removable denture.

Are Dental Implants Better Than Bridges?

There are a few reasons why you might want to choose implants over fixed bridges or other options. First off, getting implants will, in most cases, be similar to having a bridge installed. The more implants that are needed, the more expensive the process will be, but for one tooth, the price will be very comparable to a ceramic bridge. 

With a bridge, the teeth surrounding the installation have to be trimmed down, no matter what their health, to accommodate the crowns. With implants, there is no need to file down teeth or damage them in any way.  The bone that surrounds a bridge can start to decay over time, leading to bone loss. One of the best things about dental implants is that they work in conjunction with the jawbone. This keeps the bone healthy and does not lead to degeneration. 

The fact is, dental implants look better and feel better. If the teeth that support the bridge decay, or the gums recede, then bridges can become uncomfortable and less effective.

Are Dental Implants Better Than Removable Dentures?

Removable dentures are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth, and they are usually more affordable for those who might have a concern with finances. However, dental implants can also support dentures. An implant supported denture is known as an overdenture. If a tooth is missing, the bone underneath can start to recede. If a mouth has several missing teeth, then more bone will be lost. Traditional dentures need the existing bone for support, and when it recedes, dentures can become ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Dental implants will in fact prevent bone loss by acting as the roots of the teeth, so that dentures will stay supported and fit properly. 

Denture clasps can also place pressure on the natural teeth that remain, which can lead to issues down the road. They are also not as aesthetically pleasing as dental implants. 

By anchoring dentures, dental implants help patients live a more normal life. There is no loss of stability through bone loss, and no adhesives are used in the mouth. There is also no limitation on what a patient can eat or drink. 

Dentures can sometimes create difficulty speaking, or at least change the sound of a person’s voice. Implant supported dentures are properly supported, so they do not interfere with speaking. Wearing dentures can be very difficult for those who have a low gag reflex, or an enlarged torus. Implant supported dentures are custom-built so that they are as comfortable as possible and so that they don’t cause gagging or other issues.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

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