Tooth loss is a difficult thing to live with. It makes you not want to smile and cringe whenever someone takes a picture. It can interfere with articulating words properly. And of course, tooth loss makes it difficult to bite into and chew food. The result is that your quality of life is greatly diminished. Tooth loss also affects your overall health, as you may have poor nutrition and increased bone loss in your jaw.
For all of these reasons, many patients are turning to dental implants for the solution. Dental implants are a fantastic alternative to dentures because they are permanently and securely anchored into the jawbone. The traditional method of placing dental implants requires a few months of waiting time. But with the innovative All-on-Four or All-on-Six procedure, you really can get your new smile in just one appointment!
“Many of our patients put off talking about dental implants because they heard that the wait time was really long. But now, we’re able to offer our patients new teeth in one day, and this really can change lives,” says Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Here’s how it works.
The new way to get dental implants
The All-on-Four and All-on-Six implant procedures are ideally suited for patients who have missing teeth along a full arch, either the upper or lower jaw—or both. These procedures are particularly exciting because they are often a good option for people who were previously told that they needed bone grafting surgery before getting dental implants. The specialized placement techniques of these procedures rarely require bone grafting, even if the patient has advanced bone loss.
The procedure itself is really quite simple. It involves placing either four or six implant posts into the jawbone at key intervals along the arch. Then, the dentist will securely affix the customized dental bridge to the posts. The bridge is like a denture, except that it’s securely fastened to the implant posts. The result is a beautiful, complete smile in just one treatment visit!
How to prepare for your appointment
You’ll need to have a consultation before going back in to get your new teeth. During your visit, you will likely need some x-rays taken to ensure you’re a good candidate and to plan your treatment. Be sure to disclose your full medical history, including any medications or supplements you take and any medical conditions you have. During this consult, you should also discuss your options for pain control and sedation.
Schedule your consult for new teeth in a day today!
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry look forward to speaking with you about your smile restoration options. During your consultation, you’ll receive a thorough oral examination to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the All-on-Four or the All-on-Six smile restoration procedure. You’ll receive all the information you need to make the best decision for your health and lifestyle. Schedule your consult today by calling our office in Suffolk County, Long Island.
Additional resources on dental implants:
- Colgate, What are Dental Implants? https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/implants/what-are-dental-implants
- Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622