Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) – Head and Neck Surgery

Dental Implant Advantages, Candidacy and Services

The loss of a tooth or multiple teeth not only impacts your ability to chew, but also causes other teeth to migrate, compromises function and aesthetics, and creates problems in overall oral health. Replacing missing teeth is therefore important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. With dental implants, a titanium implant cylinder replaces the root of your tooth. A crown can be attached to the implant, so that it behaves like a natural tooth.

Advantages of dental implants include:

  • Improved appearance: When you lose an entire tooth (crown and root), shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge does not.
  • Preservation of natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
  • Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are for patients of all ages and may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Your dental specialist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

In deciding whether a dental implant is right for you, a specialist will consider several factors, including the availability of bone for a dental restoration and the number of implants needed. Your doctor may use three-dimensional imaging to aide in diagnosis and treatment planning. Computer-assisted planning can also provide virtual implant placement before any procedures to improve accuracy and safety.

Dental Implant Services We Offer

Mount Sinai’s Dental Implant Program offers extensive experience based on our 20 years of accomplishments in surgical reconstructive procedures, osseointegration, and rehabilitation of the most complex jaw defects and functional issues. Our experts employ state-of-the-art technology, minimally invasive techniques, and excellent post-operative care in order to achieve superior results.

We provide a wide range of specialized services, including restorative implant dentistry, dental implants, overdentures (removable design solution), fixed prosthetic solution, and single crown solution.

Meet Our Team

The team members of Mount Sinai’s Dental Implant Program include:

Daniel Buchbinder, DMD, MD Chief, Division of Maxillofacial Surgery Mount Sinai Health System

Michael Turner, DDS, MD, Chief, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Devin J. Okay, DDS Chief, Division of Prosthodontics

David Valauri, DDS Assistant Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program The Mount Sinai Hospital