Dental Implants – What to Expect

 

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Dental Implants
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For 30 years, Dr. Alan Kratenstein has provided dental care to patients in the Staten Island area. Dr. Alan Kratenstein draws on experience in all areas of general dentistry, including implants.

Dental implants are a routine multi-stage outpatient procedure. It often begins with the surgical removal of a damaged or diseased tooth, after which the dentist must ensure that the bone is healthy enough to receive an artificial implant. If this is not the case, the professional may perform a bone graft to provide extra support for the new tooth.

When the jaw is ready, the dentist introduces a small titanium post into the empty socket. Over the next six to 26 weeks, the jawbone heals around the post and fixes it in place. The patient may wear a temporary replacement tooth to protect the socket during this healing phase, though some procedures may allow the patient to receive the full permanent replacement tooth on the same visit.

Most patients, however, must return at a later date to receive the artificial tooth. This tooth, known clinically as a crown, is custom fit to the patient’s mouth in a laboratory. Once attached to the post, the crown allows the patient to chew, speak, and smile normally.

The full procedure typically involves minimal discomfort, thanks to the use of local anesthesia. Post-procedural discomfort most often responds to prescribed or over-the-counter analgesics.

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