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Dental Implants | NYC

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 takes a few visits over the span of a few months. All of our implants are placed by our board certified periodontist, Dr. Lydia Gardner. First, Dr. Gardner will extract your existing tooth, if you still have one. If there isn’t enough bone to support the implants, she 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.


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 | NYC:

Lydia J. Gardner, Periodontist, DMD, MS

Periodontics, Dental Implants, LANAP Laser Gum Treatment, Pinhole Surgical Technique, IV Sedation

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….

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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
Dr. Gardner and her staff are lovely, professional and amazing. They treat me as if I am a family member. Their professionalism is 2nd to NONE. All of the work that they do is carefully administered and appropriately, quickly and diligently followed up. I can't say enough positive things about the dental experience that I have every time that I go to see them. THANK YOU Dr. Gardner
Clayton J
Dental implant is painless and Dr Gardner makes sure you are comfortable with everything.
Jordan K
For unparalleled kindness, expertise, and professionalism, go to CPW Dentistry. I generally detest dental visits, but I now no longer dread them. From checkups and cleanings to dental implants, CPW Dentistry does excellent work.
Both my wife and I have had extensive work done here. She has had several implants, and I multiple crowns, in addition to periodontal cleanings. The staff is always super friendly, professional, and extremely competent. Truly impressed with the ability of the dentists and hygienists, and the quality of work.
Erik J
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