Are you tired of having gaps in your smile that make it uncomfortable to do basic, day-to-day tasks like eat and speak? You don’t have to settle for traditional restorative options that require the alteration of your natural teeth. At Dr. Glen’s Happy Teeth, we offer start-to-finish dental implants in Long Beach, NY that replace the entire structure of missing teeth, from the roots upward, for a natural look and feel.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed beneath your gumline. Since the material they’re made from is biocompatible, once placed, the implant will begin a process called osseointegration, where it fuses with your jawbone and acts as a replacement for the missing root of your tooth. Then, we’ll place a connector piece called an abutment on top of the implant. This will secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture in place, completing the process.
Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options among patients because they offer a variety of benefits that set them apart from traditional restorations, including dentures and dental bridges. To learn more about what dental implants have to offer, be sure to schedule a consultation with our team today and we’ll be happy to go over all the details so you can make an informed decision on your care!
Some of the advantages you’ll be able to enjoy include:
The best way to learn whether dental implants are the right choice for you is to visit us for a consultation. During your appointment, we’ll examine your mouth as well as capture digital images of your jawbone and facial structure. We’ll be looking to make sure that your jawbone can sustain dental implants that are placed. We’ll also speak to you about your medical history and ask about any medications you’re taking that could impact your body’s ability to quickly heal from the surgery. Once we’ve determined that you’d be a great match for dental implants, we’ll outline the entire process with you.
For a single gap in your smile, we can place one dental implant below the gums. Once the abutment is secured, we can then connect a custom-crafted dental crown to complete your entire arch of teeth and restore your smile. It will also keep surrounding teeth from drifting out of place to fill the gap.
Instead of getting a traditional bridge that requires you to alter your healthy, natural teeth, we can secure a custom bridge to two dental implants placed on either side of the gap in your smile. It will make eating, speaking, and other basic tasks easier and more comfortable.
Many patients who are missing all of their teeth and have dentures complain about instability. Instead of dealing with slipping and shifting restorations, we will secure your denture onto anywhere from four to eight dental implants placed along your arch. This will help your replacement teeth feel natural, comfortable, and be fully functional.
Unlike many other dental offices, at Dr. Glen’s Happy Teeth, our team is able to complete the entire dental implant process from beginning to end. That way, you get to stick with the same team of professionals that you’re familiar with and you trust. With our advanced training and education, our team is able to conduct the implant placement in-office. We make sure that it’s convenient, pain-free, and that we’re providing you with the excellent quality of care that you’ve become accustomed to since you first stepped foot in our dental office.
Everybody’s smile is different, which means that there’s no singular cost to get dental implants because the procedure is custom-tailored to your unique mouth. Once we’ve examined your mouth and digital X-rays, we’ll be able to draw up a treatment plan and walk you through the details of your procedure, such as the cost, how many implants you’ll need placed, and what type of restoration you require. Our team will also be happy to answer any questions about financing with you as well!
Because dental implants require a surgical process, there is much curiosity surrounding the treatment. For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. However, we know you may also be busy or just like to do your own research, which is why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants. Read on to learn more!
Dental implants are incredibly popular, but when patients hear that surgery is required, they are often worried about pain. However, we will ensure that the area is completely numb with local anesthetic, plus we offer sedation for a greater sense of comfort. Additionally, there are very few pain-sensing nerves in the jaw, which makes the surgery much less painless than you may expect. The only discomfort you’ll feel is some slight soreness that occurs when the procedure is over.
Even a decade after surgery, dental implants have a success rate of 95% when placed by a skilled professional. That said, the success and longevity of your implants will depend on how well they are maintained. Make sure that you’re brushing, flossing, and visiting our office for checkups regularly. Additionally, implant success can vary based on the position in your mouth – molars experience higher pressure from chewing, making them more likely to fail.
Usually, you will only have to take 1, maybe 2, days off of work. Every case is different, which is why we will always provide you with personalized recommendations based on your needs. Many patients elect to have their surgery on a Friday so they can take the weekend to relax. If your job is physically demanding, you should probably take at least 3 to 4 days off. You should also avoid significant exercise during this time to promote healing.
Your implant restorations are custom made based on impressions of your smile. Once your restorations are placed, they will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile – no one will be able to tell you have them. In fact, because dental implants are rooted in the jaw, they allow your restorations to mimic the way that your natural teeth emerge from the gumline. Plus, you’ll never have to position your jaw in an unnatural way because of your dentures.
Bone grafting is a treatment that transplants a piece of bone tissue to the jawbone, strengthening it so that it can accommodate dental implants. The grafted piece of bone can be synthetic, animal, or from your own body. Bone deterioration occurs because the jawbone is no longer receiving stimulation from the tooth roots when they’re lost. We will take detailed scans of your jawbone to determine whether grafting is necessary.