Do you lack confidence in your smile due to missing or damaged teeth? Are you ready for a complete, healthy smile that you can be proud of? Would you like an alternative to traditional dentures? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a great candidate for dental implants. At Long Island Smile we place both single tooth and multiple tooth implants for our patients.
Dental implants are made using advanced imaging techniques and a mold to ensure that the implant fits properly with the existing teeth. If you have severely damaged or decayed teeth that are beyond repair, we may suggest tooth extractions for these teeth prior to your dental implant procedure.
Our team will color-match the implant with the adjacent teeth. Not only does the implant complete your smile, but it also protects your jawbone and gum line from damage that occurs when a tooth is prematurely lost.
Preparing for a Dental Implant
The first step in getting dental implants is to have a consultation appointment. During this consultation, our team will examine your teeth and gums. They will also take several digital images of your oral cavity to ensure that your jawbone and gums are healthy enough for the implant.
Our team will determine if you need a bone graft or soft-tissue graft during your consultation. Either of these procedures may be necessary if your oral cavity is not strong or healthy enough for dental implants. Both of these procedures have a high success rate.
A soft tissue graft is used to remove damaged gum tissue and provide you with new replacement tissue that is harvested from somewhere else in your oral cavity. A bone graft is used to attach bone fragments to your jawbone to strengthen it and make it denser. Bone graft procedures allow for a quick recovery, but it can take several months to a year for the grafted bone to fuse to your jaw.
How Are Implants Installed?
As with any surgical dental procedure, our team will use some form of sedation or anesthetic. For a major procedure such as dental implants, our team will almost always utilize deep sedation or general anesthetic to render you unconscious for the procedure.
Whether you are receiving a single implant or multiple tooth implants, both types involve the placement of titanium posts in your jawbone. The dental crowns are affixed to these posts. In some cases, the final crowns are placed in the same visit as the posts. However, some patients receive a temporary set of crowns during the first procedure and get the final set when their mouth heals.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. If you are ready to learn more about this great restoration option, it is time to come see us at Long Island Smile. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (516) 243-7473.