Dental Implants – Plattsburgh, NY

Delivering Permanent Root-to-Crown Tooth Replacement

No matter how many teeth you may be missing, you are probably already experiencing the struggles that millions of people face throughout the world. Living with an incomplete smile can have a negative impact on your oral and overall health as well as your emotional and mental well-being. At True North Dental Group, though, Dr. Heins welcomes patients who desire a fully restored smile. Completing his Associate Fellowship from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), he can deliver permanent root-to-crown tooth replacement so that you can take control of your life. Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heins.

Why Choose True North Dental Group for Dental Implants?

  • Dentist with Associate Fellowship from the AAID
  • Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Placement & Restoration
  • CT/Cone Beam Scanner for Enhanced Imaging & Treatment Planning

What are Dental Implants?

As small, titanium posts that look similar to screws, dental implants stand high above all other types of tooth replacement, such as dental bridges and dentures. The reason is that they are designed to replace more than the visible portions of teeth (the crowns). They mimic tooth roots, so they are positioned within the jawbone where they fuse over time through osseointegration, creating a permanent foundation for your new smile.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation – A scheduled consultation with Dr. Heins will have you experiencing a thorough examination so that he can determine if you are in good enough health to receive dental implants.
  • Dental Implant Surgery – Whether you require preliminary treatments or not, the day of your oral surgery will require local anesthesia before each implant is placed and positioned within the jawbone.
  • Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment – You will spend 4-6 months recovering and allowing osseointegration to occur before returning to our office to receive your metal abutments, which are small connectors that attach the restoration to your implant.
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s) – Once finished by lab technicians, your restoration will be available for you to come in for a fitting. We’ll secure the dental crown, bridge, or denture into place so that you can begin to enjoy your new smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are countless benefits you can expect with dental implants. Dr. Heins will discuss many of these with you during your consultation, but if you are interested in experiencing life with a set of teeth that are designed to last 30+ years, you won’t regret your decision to receive dental implants. Other unique benefits include the ability to eat your favorite foods without fear of embarrassment, greater confidence in your appearance, improved oral health, and continuous jawbone stimulation so that your facial features do not sag, and you avoid the potential for additional tooth loss.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Most individuals suffering from tooth loss can receive dental implants; however, it may be necessary for additional treatments to be provided first. The reason for this is that some patients lack the necessary jawbone to support dental implants. It’s also possible that gum disease may exist and need to be eliminated before any kind of tooth replacement treatment occurs.

No matter the situation, the first step is to undergo a scheduled consultation with Dr. Heins. He will go over your oral and overall health history to determine if you are in good enough shape to undergo minor oral surgery. He’ll also survey the state of your current smile to decide if you need preliminary care. Finally, your jawbone will be thoroughly examined, as we may need to perform a bone graft to create greater density for your future dental implants.

Missing One Tooth

With more than 120 million people living with a single missing tooth, we can remedy the problem with one titanium dental implant post, a metal abutment, and a custom-made dental crown. By focusing only on the vacant socket, we avoid the need to alter healthy teeth and instead, fill in the gap with a natural-looking, fully functional artificial tooth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

While a fixed dental bridge requires altering healthy abutment teeth on either side of the gap, an implant bridge uses two dental posts that are placed on each side to support a customized restoration. Using only the empty sockets, we can affix the implant posts to the jawbone so that it supports an implant bridge, effectively filling in the space to produce a complete smile.

Missing All of Your Teeth

An implant denture uses between 4 and 6 implant posts along an arch. Once in place, the custom-made denture is secured on top so that you no longer need to worry about fear of slippage when eating or speaking (this is especially true for those who previously wore traditional dentures). Instead, you can remain confident in your ability to speak clearly and eat the foods you love.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Your treatment plan is going to be vastly different than another person’s. The reason is that dental implants are not the same for everyone. The same four-step process must be completed, but the other facets are likely to be very different (i.e., number of implants, type of restoration, preliminary treatment, etc.). This is why there is no definite cost for dental implants. It is a customized method of treatment, so you can expect our team to work with you to identify ways you can save while working toward a complete smile.