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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a piece of titanium that functions as a sturdy artificial tooth root. It looks like a tiny screw or cylinder, but you can't actually see it because it sits below your gum line. An implant itself provides a foundation for an artificial tooth or teeth, to replace one or more missing teeth.

Dental Implant FAQ


Why is a dental implant the standard of care for missing teeth?

A dental implant looks and functions just like a natural tooth but can never get a cavity! The most common alternative to a dental implant is a fixed bridge, which is a prosthetic tooth supported by the teeth on either side of it. One major disadvantage of a bridge is that it requires the adjacent teeth be ground down in order to support the cemented bridge. Additionally, with a bridge (or with no treatment at all), some of the bone that previously surrounded a missing tooth begins to deteriorate because the root is no longer stimulating and stabilizing the bone. If your bone does begin to deteriorate, your other teeth can shift, which will affect the aesthetics of your smile and the mechanics of your bite. Dental implants actually integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep your bone healthy and intact.


How long does an implant last for?

If properly cared for, a dental implant can last a lifetime.


What is the dental implant process like?

The implant process is two-fold. All of our implants are placed by one of our providers with additional training in implant dentistry; Dr. Gardner, Dr. Winokur, or Dr. Wardius. First, the doctor will extract your existing tooth, if you still have one. If there isn’t enough bone to support the implants, the doctor will place a bone graft – a quick and simple procedure that adds bone from another source to provide a strong foundation for the implant. The next step is placing the implant itself. In some cases, we’re able to place the implant the same day as the extraction, but in most cases we need to wait up to three months.  Once the implant is placed, it needs to be covered and given time to fuse with your bone until it’s permanently stable. This usually takes somewhere between three and six months. Once the implant is completely fused with your natural bone, you’ll come back for another appointment to uncover it so that we can move onto the restorative component of treatment…


What will the restorative component of the implant be?

The specifics depend on how many teeth you’re replacing.

  • If you’re missing just one single tooth, one implant with a crown can replace it.
  • If you are missing several teeth, an implant-supported bridge can replace them.
  • If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. If this is the case, you’re probably an excellent candidate for our all-on-4 procedure with Dr. Wardius. You can learn more about all-on-4’s here.


Can I work on the day of my implant placement?

An implant placement appointment is usually less than two hours long. You should try to avoid strenuous work and exercise, but most people are able to return to work the next day. For the first 24 hours, it’s a good idea to have only soft foods or liquids and avoid anything extremely hot, extremely cold, spicy or rough. We’ll go over all of the aftercare with you so you know the best way to take care of your new implant!


How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a dental implant?

To be a good candidate for a dental implant you should be in good overall and oral health. There needs to be enough bone in your jaw to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues and no periodontal disease. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after the implant procedure. Using tobacco can also slow healing and increase the chance for complications.

Experts in Dental Implants:

Dr. Blake Winokur

Blake Winokur, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Prosthodontics, Surgical Extractions, Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Blake Winokur is a native of Westchester, New York and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Winokur not only utilizes the most advanced dentistry techniques and materials currently available, but he also provides his patients with warm and friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere. As…

Lydia J. Gardner, Periodontist, DMD, MS

Periodontics, Dental Implants, LANAP laser gum surgery

Dr. Lydia Gardner graduated with an AB in Psychology and a language citation in French from Harvard University. She then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She was inducted into the prestigious OKU national dental honor society which has moral as well as academic selection criteria. Dr….

E. Robert Wardius, DMD

All-on-Four Implants Sedation Dentistry

Dr. E. Robert Wardius graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1981 as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. He has been a practicing dentist for over 30 years, providing all facets of general dentistry, as well as implant and oral surgery. Dr. Wardius has trained at…

Before and Afters

What People are Saying

I have been putting off a dental implant for five years and I recently was recommended to Dr. Lhota. I had great results and he put my nerves at ease while explaining everything. As a person who fears major work--I highly recommend him--pain-free. I never write reviews on people, but I was compelled to. I'm glad to have found him.
–Jane G
From the first day I came to Central Park West Dentistry for an extraction and subsequent implant. Dr. Lhota and his staff have been more than helpful and overall great. Thanks to Dr. Lhota's expertise I barely felt the needle. It's also nice to make an appointment and have that appointment time met. I highly recommend Central Park West Dentistry.
Barbara F
I love my dental implants!! I recently had 3 implants done by Dr. Martin and her wonderful assistant AJ, and I'm so glad I did it! Before they were done, Dr. Martin fully explained all my treatment options I felt confident in my decision to get the implants done. The whole process was pain free and the result was great! My smile has never looked better and I can chew anything again. Thank you Dr. Martin for doing such a great job!!
”—Ella A
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