Dr. Howard A. Israel
Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dental Iplants

What are dental implants? 

How can they help me? 

Am I a candidate for implants?

Teeth that are lost can now be replaced with dental implants and function the same as natural teeth. 
In the past, missing teeth were almost always replaced with fixed bridges. 
However, as technology has advanced, dental implants can now be placed to restore esthetics and function.  Implants are made from a metal called titanium, which has been shown to be biologically well tolerated by bone and soft tissues.  For implants to be successful, they must be placed into a site that has adequate quantity and quality of bone.  Once the implant has been placed, there is usually a healing period of several months in which the implant remains buried underneath the gum without functioning as a tooth.  This helps to ensure a good bond between the titanium implant surface and the natural jaw bone.  The implant is then exposed to the oral cavity by placing a healing post on the implant and once the gum tissue has healed around the post, another post is used to permit the restorative dentist to take impressions and make a crown.

inadequate bone upper jaw

following bone grafting implantscan be placed

If following the initial evaluation it is found that you do not have an adequate quantity or quality of bone for implant placement, advances in technology now permit implant placement possible.  New techniques have been developed to build up the bone and make an individual an acceptable implant candidate.  Removable dentures and fixed bridge, which previously had been the basis for replacement of missing teeth, are no longer necessary.  These advances have led to patients being able to replace lost teeth with implants, restoring esthetics and function.  Most patients say that their implant teeth feel exactly the same as their natural teeth.

Contact Info:

Dr Howard Israel
NY Presbyterian Hospital
Weill-Cornell Medice

525 East 68th Street
Suite F2132
New York, NY 10065

P: (212) 746-5175

F: (212) 746-8400