DENTAL IMPLANTS – REGO PARK AND FOREST HILLS, NY
Over the past three decades, modern dental implants have revolutionized the dental industry and what’s possible for today’s patients. Advanced implant techniques are now considered the “gold standard” when it comes to replacing missing teeth, making them even better than conventional dental bridges and dentures.
By design, implants are bio compatible, hypoallergenic, artificial tooth roots. When our Forest Hills implant dentist sets them into the location of your missing tooth, they integrate with your mouth and become a permanent part of your smile.
How Dental Implants Work
Most implants are made out of titanium. Titanium is a surgical grade material that’s commonly used for medical procedures like joint replacement. It’s unique in that once set in your bone, titanium triggers a process that we refer to as “osseointegration.” What this means is that surrounding bone reacts to the titanium, triggering new bone growth. Gradually, the new bone causes the implant to become permanently fused into the jaw. As a result, implants are even stronger than natural teeth!
Once fully integrated, Dr. Mark sets an abutment on top of each implant, which in turn is attached to the permanent restoration of your choice.
Types of Dental Implant Restorations
Implants themselves are only the “root” portion of your new tooth. Depending on how many teeth are missing, we may use implants in pairs to support multi-tooth restorations. In fact, as few as four implants may be all that you need to replace all of your upper or lower teeth at once.
Single Implant Crowns
For an individual tooth, you’ll need a ceramic crown over your implant. The fixed restoration is hand designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile
Dental Implant Bridges
Using a pair of implants, we can replace up to 3-4 teeth at one time, thanks to bridges. This solution is ideal for people who don’t want to wear a removable partial denture!
Implant Stabilized Dentures
Conventional dentures can be stabilized on top of 2-4 implants for added comfort and security throughout the day. Your plate is still removable, but you won’t have to mess with any sticky adhesives or pastes.
All on Four implants are like an extended bridge that follows the contour of your smile, replacing all of your teeth at one time. But unlike dentures, they’re slimmer and more streamlined in shape, plus they don’t come out. Only Dr. Mark or another implant dentist can remove them.
Implant Stabilized Denture
Benefits of Implants
There are several advantages to choosing implants over other missing tooth treatments.
Implants are non-invasive to your other teeth. Instead of having to reshape teeth adjacent to a gap so that a bridge can fit over them, implants preserve natural teeth by standing independently in your mouth.
Implants help preserve natural tooth spacing. An open space left by a missing or extracted tooth can lead to significant bite misalignment and orthodontic relapse.
Implants are stronger than natural teeth. The modern implant can support more weight than a healthy tooth, which is why we’re able to use fewer of them for full mouth reconstruction.
Implants support your facial profile and appearance. Tooth loss typically causes sunken-in facial features, because of the bone loss that occurs. But implants strengthen your bone, thereby supporting the soft tissue anatomy around them.
Implants can last the rest of your life. Getting dental implants is a predictable and successful procedure. Today, implants have the highest success rate of any other type of dental treatment (98%). When you care for them properly, you can expect your implants to last for the rest of your life.
How to Care for and Maintain Implants
Although predictable, implants can fail if the tissues around them become infected. Peri-implantitis (the implant version of gum disease) can cause supporting gums and bone to detach from implants, leading to mobility and loss.
It’s important to treat your implants just like your natural teeth. Floss daily and brush gently along the gumlines twice per day. Schedule a checkup and cleaning at Forest Hills Dental at least once every six months.
Before Implant Treatment
After Implant Treatment
“But I’m Not a Candidate for Dental Implants”
Some Forest Hills implant dentists will tell their patients that they don’t qualify for implants, because of unique oral anatomy. For example, if you previously lost an upper tooth and the sinus lining above it has dropped into the space, a less experienced dentist will not be able to correct the issue without the help of an oral surgeon.
However, Dr. Mark has extensive experience and training in adjunctive dental implant therapies that include sinus lifts and bone grafting.
So, if you’ve been told in the past that you don’t qualify for implants, you owe it to yourself to see our Forest Hills dentist for a second opinion!
The Implant Treatment Process
Getting dental implants involves detailed planning and exams, so that Dr. Mark can map out where each implant needs to be placed, the types of restorations involved, how you want your new smile to look, and any supportive therapies.
A straightforward implant case will start with an exam and consultation. Once you have the detailed treatment plan, you can decide if it’s time to take the next step (yes, flexible financing plans are available!)
Your first treatment phase will involve placing the implants. In some cases, implants can be installed on the same day as any extractions. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
For about 3-6 months, your implants will integrate with the bone. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with a temporary restoration until it’s time to move to the final stage of reconstruction.
The second treatment phase will involve placing your new implant crown, bridge, or denture. Several impressions will be taken to ensure an optimal fit. Once set in place, you’ll have an entirely new smile that functions just as well as your previous one!e.
Before Implant Treatment
After Implant Treatment
Stacey Pino-McCoo 02/19/2019
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Kyeseone P. 02/14/2019
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