Implants are not just one procedure or one visit. Correct and complete treatment involves multiple steps, starting with a consultation with our specialist. Dr. Yao has trained in implantology at Columbia University where she is currently a clinical instructor. Her advanced training also includes a degree in Periodontology. With this broad base of knowledge, your questions and concerns can be fully addressed. Continuity of care is achieved by performing diagnosis, placement, and restoration of implants all in one office.
One of the most significant dental innovations in recent times, an implant is a small surgical fixture made of biocompatible metal or ceramic materials that is placed into the jawbone and functions in the same manner as the root of tooth. In the same way that natural root supports the natural crown of your tooth, an implant once it fully integrates with the surrounding bone, provides a stable and durable foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants often support a crown for an individual tooth, but can also be used as abutment teeth for a dental bridge, or strategically placed to help stabilize a denture.
Out of all the restorative choices available today, an implant comes the closest to replicating the look, feel and function of a natural tooth. Furthermore, it is the only method of tooth replacement that does not require the involvement or preparation of the adjacent teeth. A dental implant also stimulates bone remodeling to prevent shrinkage in areas where teeth are missing and helps to restore facial contours in areas where significant bone loss has occurred.