If you have two consecutive teeth missing, you may only need one implant for both teeth. Because there is a small gap between the teeth, the crowns are attached to each other to alleviate the gap. If your missing teeth are not consecutive, separate implants are needed.
Much depends on which teeth are missing. If you lost your two upper front teeth, separate implants next to each other may give a better aesthetic result.
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is open again and welcoming patients for all procedures, including cosmetic dentistry.
Multiple Missing Teeth
Those missing three or more teeth in a row are candidates for dental implants with bridges anchored to them. These bridges are less expensive than the same number of single-unit implants. They do not require any support from remaining natural teeth. The implants anchor the bridge.
Dental implants with bridges are a good alternative to dentures. Not only do dentures require considerable care, but they tend to slip, and their bite is not comparable to implants.
Those who need all their teeth replaced can have it done using only four implants, known as All on Four. This procedure is often completed in just one visit to our Rocky Point office.
With dental implants, you can enjoy eating foods you may have given up because they were just too hard to chew.
Single-unit dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. These implants look and feel like real teeth. You care for them the same way you would your natural teeth.
The implant consists of a titanium post, which when implanted acts similarly to tooth roots and fuses with the jawbone. The use of implants prevents most bone resorption and can help preserve adjacent natural teeth. Of course, the implants themselves do not decay.
The implant itself may last the rest of your life. The crown, made of porcelain or zirconium, may require replacement after 10 to 15 years due to normal wear-and-tear.
Dental Implant Healing
Expect it to take several months for complete healing to occur as the implant bonds with the bone. Once healing finishes, an abutment, or small metal post, is fastened to the implant. Its purpose is to allow the implant to hold the new teeth in place. The final step is creating the custom teeth and attaching them to the implant.
Our dentists are taking all prescribed coronavirus safety precautions when seeing patients. We follow the strict safety protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA), the New York Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the American Dental Association (ADA).
Call us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss cosmetic options at our Rocky Point office. We can help you determine how many implants are needed and the time involved for healing. We serve Central, Western, and Eastern Suffolk County.