Dental Implants — Massapequa Park, NY
Rebuild a Beautiful Smile for Life!
Despite new innovations in dentistry, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Whether from decay, trauma, disease, or extraction, you have many options to replace your missing teeth. As an alternative to traditional treatments, dental implants in Massapequa Park are now the patient-preferred solution. They replace the entire structure of a tooth, allowing you to enjoy the next best thing to what nature gave you.
Why Choose The Luminous Smile at South Shore Dental Care For Dental Implants?
- Entire Dental Implant Treatment Completed Under One Roof
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology for Precise, Lasting Results
- Fair, Reasonable Fees with No Surprises
What Are Dental Implants?
Traditional dental crowns, bridges, and dentures replace your missing tooth (or teeth), but they don’t do anything to replace your missing root(s). Dental implants are different. They’re actually structured like a natural tooth with a crown on top and a titanium post underneath. Dental implants use these titanium posts to act as tooth roots, holding a custom-made and custom-shaded crown, partial, or even full denture in place. When you rebuild missing teeth from the roots up, the result is a beautiful, comfortable smile that looks, feels, and acts just like natural. That’s why dental implants are widely seen as the gold standard for tooth replacement
4 Step Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with a consultation in our office. If we determine that you’re a candidate, we’ll outline the course of your treatment, including preliminary procedures, the implant placement surgery, and the installation of restorations. All in all, your implant journey may take anywhere from a few months to a year. However, it will all be worth it to see a beautiful, full set of teeth smiling back at you in the mirror.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
During your implant consultation with your dentist in Massapequa Park, our team will conduct a thorough evaluation of your mouth. We’ll also ask you about your habits, goals, and overall health and answer any implant questions you may have. We’ll inform you of the specific steps you need to take on your journey to a fuller smile. Some patients require preliminary procedures, like a bone graft or periodontal therapy, before they can receive dental implants. Others can proceed directly to the implant placement surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
We can perform your implant placement procedure right here in our office, so you don’t have to be referred to an outside specialist. In this minimally invasive procedure, we will create a small incision in the gum tissue and strategically insert the implants throughout the jawbone. We’ll make sure you feel minimal discomfort during the procedure, thanks to sedation and local anesthetic. Once the implants have been placed and the incision is closed, your body will start the process of osseointegration.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
“Osseo” means “bone,” so osseointegration refers to your jawbone growing around and becoming one with your implant posts over a period of a few months. The implant will essentially become a part of your own anatomy, creating a sturdy bond that will stand the test of time. After osseointegration is complete, we’ll place an abutment over your implant. An abutment is a metal connector piece on top of which we can place your implant-retained crown, bridge, or dentures, depending on how many teeth you’re missing.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
The last portion of your implant journey is the most exciting – it’s when you receive your brand-new teeth! We will design a custom-made restoration that will attach to your abutments. Once your prosthesis arrives to our office from the dental lab, we’ll give you a call to let you know that your new teeth are ready to be a part of your smile. At your appointment, we’ll make sure your restoration provides you with a comfortable, powerful bite and adjust it as needed. Then, you can go out and live your life with all the benefits of a smile restored by dental implants in Massapequa Park.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several important benefits that you simply can’t get with traditional tooth replacement options like dentures or a dental bridge, like:
- Greater Comfort: Because traditional tooth replacements don’t restore your missing roots, your smile will continue to change over time. As a result, dentures can slip or become loose, causing embarrassing situations and a loss of function. Dental implants replace your missing roots, encouraging new bone growth in your jaw and ensuring your bone loss comes to a halt.
- Greater Health: When one or more of your tooth roots are missing, your jawbone naturally disintegrates. Over time, this can lead to the loss of other teeth. Dental implants help support your oral health by replacing your missing roots. As a result, new bone growth is stimulated, and the jaw retains its stability and function.
- Greater Longevity: Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for, which involves nothing more than how you maintain your natural teeth. Just be sure you follow a regular brushing and flossing routine while also visiting your dentist in Massapequa Park at least twice a year.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No matter how many teeth you’re missing, dental implants can help you regain your complete, confident smile. This versatile treatment can just as easily replace one missing tooth as it can several or an entire arch! During your initial consultation we’ll evaluate the extent of your tooth loss and review all your options. However, first we’ll ensure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants. While most healthy adults can get dental implants, there are times when preliminary treatments are needed to ensure the success of your new smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Thanks to modern dental technology and techniques, practically ayone with missing teeth can improve their smile with dental implants. However, to be considered a “good candidate,” you’ll need to have three key things:
- Great oral health
- Good overall health
- Adequate jawbone density
Once we’ve helped you meet these criteria, we can begin planning your dental implant treatment. There are several different types of dental implants we’ll help you choose from depending on how many teeth you’re missing:
Missing 1 Tooth
If you are missing only one tooth, a single dental implant can be used to replace it. It consists of one titanium post (implant), a metal abutment, and a customized dental crown. Unlike a fixed bridge that can replace a missing tooth but requires filing down your natural teeth to allow for proper placement of the restoration, there is no need to alter your healthy teeth when seeking treatment with a single tooth dental implant.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing two more consecutive teeth along the top or bottom row of teeth, our team can create a custom-made bridge that will be anchored to your jawbone using an implant post at either end. Offering greater stability, functionality, and improved bone stimulation, an implant-retained bridge will have you enjoying a longer-lasting smile that looks and feels completely natural. Just like a single tooth implant, there will be no need to alter or touch your natural, healthy teeth to put your implants in place.
Missing All Teeth
If you are missing all your teeth along the top and/or bottom rows, you don’t have to settle for traditional prosthetics like dentures to regain your smile. Instead, we can offer implant dentures that are secured into place using anywhere from 4 to 8 dental implant posts. After ensuring your jawbone is durable enough for implant placement, we can surgically put them into place and create a solid foundation before attaching your custom-made denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There is no set cost for dental implants because the amount you pay is based on your individual treatment plan, such as the number of teeth you are replacing. In some cases, your dental insurance can pay for certain aspects of your treatment. We help you maximize the value of your policy to reduce the amount you need to pay. We accept a variety of payment options to cover any remaining balance.
Dental Implant Technology
Accuracy is everything when it comes to placing dental implants, which is why we always make sure we’re using the best tools available to ensure a successful surgery. With our cone beam CT scanner, we can create a digital model of your mouth that lets us plan the procedure ahead of time and identify potential obstacles. And thanks to our surgical microscope, we’ll have a clear view of the area to ensure accuracy.
3D Cone-Beam CT Scanning
A traditional X-ray sometimes doesn’t give us all the information we need, which is why we use dental cone beam CT (computed tomography). A special X-ray machine rotates around your head and creates up to 200 high resolution images of the inside of your mouth at multiple angles. We can combine these images using a special software in order to create a 3D digital model of your oral cavity. This allows us to examine in great detail the various dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bones that could all influence the success of dental implants. The scans are safe and comfortable; no radiation is left in the body afterwards.
This technology allows for extremely accurate dental implant placement and allows us to plan for potential obstacles ahead of time. For example, we might find a nerve that’s close to the implant site; damaged nerves are a major cause of dental implant failure. With the model create by cone beam CT, we can avoid this complication. As a result, procedures that use cone beam technology tend to be more successful than those that rely on traditional X-rays.
Dental implants are 3 to 6 millimeters in diameter, and these tiny posts need to be inserted into your jaw at just the right spot. For patients with particularly small mouths, this does not leave much room for error. Luckily, it’s easier to work in such a small space when we use a surgical microscope. This device gives us a clear view of the working area and allows us to completely focus on the task at hand while still allowing us to stay in a comfortable position. The enhanced visualization is especially useful when the gap between your teeth is very small.
There are other applications for this device as well. For example, we can use it to make sure that the crown, bridge or dentures that your dental implants support fit properly; if your prosthetic teeth are the wrong size, it could lead to discomfort and unnecessary damage down the road. The microscope can also alert us to unhealthy marginal tissues around the implant site; that way, we can treat infections and other problems before they can disrupt the dental implant integration process.
Dental Implant FAQs
Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants is a big decision, so it’s natural to want to learn more before deciding to invest in your treatment. We will be more than happy to address all of your specific questions and concerns during your initial consultation so you will know exactly what to expect before deciding to move forward with dental implants. In the meantime, we encourage you to look over the following dental implant FAQs and give us a call to learn more!
How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?
It is commonly believed you can only replace a single tooth, but this is not true. Dental implants can treat all cases of tooth loss if you are a candidate; however, the treatment process varies slightly. A single tooth is treated using an implant post, an abutment, and a crown. If you are missing several or all your teeth, each tooth is not replaced individually. Instead, a specific number of posts are used to anchor your bridge or denture to your jawbone.
Can I Get Dental Implants If I Lost My Tooth/Teeth A Long Time Ago?
The long-term success of dental implants depends largely on your jawbone’s ability to fuse to the titanium implant post. Unfortunately, the jawbone naturally starts to deteriorate after tooth loss and as a result of severe periodontal disease. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t become a good candidate for dental implants. Treatments like bone grafting can help strengthen your jawbone enough so it can support your dental implants. We will determine if you have adequate jawbone density during your initial consultation with our 3D cone beam scanner and work with you to plan any necessary treatments.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?
Your treatment is performed in multiple stages, which is necessary to ensure the success of your smile. You may need additional procedures before getting started, like tooth extractions or bone grafting. The first step involves surgically placing dental implants into your jawbone. The surgery is performed in a single day, but you will need to spend the next several months healing. The implant posts stimulate new bone growth, allowing your jaw to fuse to them through a process called osteointegration.
After your jawbone is healed, you need a second minor surgery to place your abutments. These special fixtures connect your restorations to your posts. Often, it only takes a few weeks for your gum tissue to heal before your custom-made restoration can be attached.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Dental implants are the most successful tooth replacement option, but they can fail. Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%. You can help to ensure your new smile lasts by choosing a qualified and experienced dental team to handle your procedure. You can protect your investment by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and avoiding tobacco. Do not forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.