Carlos M. Valdes, DMD
Cosmetic Dental of New York, PC
Cosmetic, Prosthodontics & Implant Dentistry

Dental Implants

Midtown Manhattan Dental Implants - Carlos M. Valdes, DMD &  James Doundoulakis, DMD - Implant Dentist at Midtown Manhattan      

Looking for an implant dentist that places and restores dental implants? Midtown Manhattan dental implant expert, Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis performs world class dental implant procedures. Most general dentists opt to refer out to a specialist to have the implant surgically placed in the jaw bone, but thanks to Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis advanced implant training, they deliver excellent results performing both.

Being a one-stop-shop for Manhattan dental implants benefits patients for a number of reasons. One reason being that Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis are able to facilitate the process every step of the way. As your general dentist Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis knows your mouth better than anyone else, and they have a vision for the end result of your dental implant. If they place the implant, a more aesthetic outcome is likely. Aside from the cosmetic aspect, having just to get to their Midtown Manhattan location for your Manhattan dental implants is more convenient for patients as they do not have to be referred to an outside oral surgeon for implant placement because Dr. Valdes is qualified and experienced at surgically placing them.

Along with being able to place dental implants for his NYC patients, Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis offers oral sedation, nitrous oxide or valium for his patients who may struggle with dental anxiety.


 What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

Why dental implants?

There are a number of reasons why a person should consider a dental implant:

Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make the face look older than it is. With dental implants, there are no appliances to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement and dental implants will normally serve its owner for life.

How much do dental implants cost in New York City?

The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific cost for dental implants, it is necessary to come to our Midtown Manhattan office and have Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your Midtown Manhattan implant dentist, Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

Who is a Candidate?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Dental implant specialists like Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis are best able to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution.

Is old age a problem?

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If someone is healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, they’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment.  Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis will determine if patients are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of their dental and health history.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?

Improved appearance: When a person loses the entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause the face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.

Preserve 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 appliances to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

How will dental implants affect my life?

Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth which means eating and drinking as normal. Most importantly though, dental implants often improve the quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Will my new teeth look natural?

When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed expectations. Often it is hard to tell the difference between dental implants and natural teeth.

Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?

Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

How much time is required for a dental implant placement?

Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow the dental implant to be placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.

The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, patients are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.

The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

Is the treatment painful?

With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask to speak with another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

How will I feel after the treatment?

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. Patients should expect to be able to work the next day.

How will I care for my dental implants?

The new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended and see Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis on a regular basis for check ups.

For quality and affordable dental implant services in New York City, visit the Midtown Manhattan dental office of Dr. Valdes and Dr. Doundoulakis. The office is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, 4 blocks from the Empire State Building near Gramercy Park.  Make an appointment today for your Manhattan dental implant consultation. 


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