- If you have missing teeth or wear dentures, you may feel uncomfortable and self-conscious about your smile and the overall health of your mouth. If you leave your mouth and missing teeth neglected or untreated, these gaps in your smile can lead to shifts in the teeth, gum disease, and a deterioration of facial and bone structure.
As a result, many people are turning to dental implants as a solution because these modern advancements are a secure, stable and long-term alternative for tooth replacement. Not only do dental implants help to preserve the health of your mouth, they also restore function for chewing and speaking. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of them.
There are many kinds of implants available, and treatments can vary in length from same-day to over the course of several months. Your Huntington, Long Island dental professional will help you decide on the procedure that is right for you depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, your overall health, the quantity and quality of the jawbone, and your preferences for treatment.
Traditional dental implant process
In a traditional treatment, the implant process typically happens in three phases. First, the damaged tooth is fully removed, grafting is done when needed and the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. As it heals, a process called osseointegration, the bone grows around and fuses with the implant to hold it in place and make the implant stronger. This process can take between three and six months before the integration is complete. Finally, once there is sufficient integration, the permanent tooth or teeth is positioned on to the implant.
Depending on your specific needs, your Huntington, Long Island dentist may recommend alternative options in addition to the traditional process. Same-day dental implants allow placement of a temporary tooth during the same appointment as the implant, if your bone is strong enough to support immediate placement.
Our dentists also offer a revolutionary technique that allows for All on 4® or All on Six® treatments, which are recommended when an entire set of top or bottom teeth – a full arch – needs replacing. These multiple implants anchor prosthetic teeth in place and offer a long-lasting, stable alternative to traditional dentures. With implants you don’t have to worry about all the hassles of cleaning and food restrictions that are associated with dentures and dental plates.
Results and care
Because of the many advances in dental implant technology, nearly 100 percent of all treatments are successful. Yet to keep your dental work and remaining natural teeth healthy, it’s important to continue to care for them. Practicing good oral hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly and avoiding bad habits can also help to ensure your teeth are strong and in healthy condition.
The Huntington dentists of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offer a patient-centric approach to oral health and aesthetic improvement. Whether you’re looking to replace one or multiple teeth or want to make your smile completely transform, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are here to help. Call our Huntington, LI office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.
- American Dental Association, Dental Implants, http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ADA_PatientSmart_Implants.ashx
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Types of Implants and Techniques, https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implants/types-of-implants-and-techniques/