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Dental implants have revolutionized the way missing teeth can be replaced. Since the 1980s, implant dentists have used them to provide a strong foundation for a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone where the tooth roots used to be. It mimics the functionality of the tooth roots, helping to keep the jawbone and the surrounding teeth from shifting. It can be topped by a custom-made crown that matches the exact shape and shade of your natural teeth, or can support a bridge or denture.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide the strongest foundation for a replacement tooth or series of teeth. When a tooth is missing, the bone that used to hold the tooth in place begins to resorb (deteriorate). A dental implant is the only tooth replacement technique that preserves the bone. Both dental bridges and dentures only sit on top of the gum line; they don’t prevent bone disintegration.
Additional benefits of dental implants include:
- looking and feeling like a natural tooth
- retaining the natural shape of the jaw and teeth alignment
- providing strength and stability
- restoring the ability to eat favorite foods (even steak!)
- improving speech
- providing a long-term solution
Dental implants are frequently called the next-best thing to natural teeth.
What is an Implant-Supported Denture?
As denture-wearers know, a traditional denture can slip and slide in the mouth. Plus, the plastic that sits on the roof of the mouth can interfere with your ability to enjoy dining. Dental implants keep a denture or bridge anchored in one place, making it easier to talk and eat. The prosthesis can be secured with as few as two implants, although it’s more typical to use four implants. Continue reading
What is a Same-Day Implant?
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. Depending on your particular needs, it may be possible to extract a tooth and place a dental implant all in one day. In some cases, our team can also provide a temporary crown on the same day as the dental implant is placed.
Dental Implants with Sedation on Long Island
Our periodontist in Huntington places dental implants in a safe and comfortable manner. Our team is skilled at both conscious sedation and unconscious sedation. During conscious sedation, the patient remains awake during the dental implant procedure. The periodontist numbs the area a local anesthetic such as novacaine and can use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. If needed, the periodontist can prescribe an oral sedative such as Valium to help as well.
If you would prefer to be asleep during the dental implant procedure, we can arrange to have a board-certified anesthesiologist come to our Long Island office to administer I.V. sedation. The patient sleeps through the entire procedure and wakes up with no memory.
Who Should Get Dental Implants While Under Anesthesia?
There are many reasons why a person may choose to get dental implants under anesthesia. The best candidates for sleep dentistry include:
- people who fear going to the dentist
- people who want to get multiple procedures completed in one visit
- people with a severe gag reflex
- people with medical conditions that make it difficult to stay still in the dental chair
- people who hate the sounds and smells associates with the dental office
- people with very sensitive teeth
- people who want to have no memory of the procedure
- people who like the idea of waking up with a beautiful smile
What Are the Benefits to Getting Dental Implants While Asleep?
There are several benefits to getting dental implants while asleep at our Huntington NY dental office. First, the patient has no memory of the procedure. Second, multiple procedures can be performed in a single dental visit.
While the patient is comfortable and asleep, our periodontal experts can extract any teeth as necessary, place the dental implants, and even place the crown, bridge, or denture on top. Frequently called “teeth in a day,” this type of procedure allows the patient to wake up with a beautiful, new smile.
All-on-4® Implant-Supported Denture or Bridge
The All-on-4® implant procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of people improve their quality of life. The technique uses four dental implants to securely attach a full set of teeth to the top or bottom of the mouth. This eliminates the slipping and shifting that can happen with traditional dentures that are not secured in place by dental implants. Read more…
Guided Dental Implant Surgery
Advanced technology has made it easier than ever to place dental implants. At our dental implant office on Long Island, our board-certified periodontist uses a technique call Guided Implant Surgery to accurately plan and execute the dental implant placement procedure. Read more…
Call Today to Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Call our dental implant experts today at (631) 247-0976 to schedule a consultation. You’ll leave your appointment knowing the best treatment option, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. Best of all, you’ll leave with a plan on how to restore your smile so you can enjoy a better quality of life.