Millions of people in the United States suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, tooth injury or gum problems. In the past, the only options available to treat missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Fixed dental bridges worked as a viable option to replace one or two teeth. This method involved grinding down the neighboring natural teeth to connect them to the replacement tooth. Although this step in the bridge-making procedure functioned well, patients’ complaints included their teeth being prone to decay, plaque accumulation, bacterial infections and periodontal disease.
For larger toothless areas, when all the teeth from top and bottom were lost, the only option available in the past was a full set of dentures. While conventional dentures supported facial muscles and restored the smile, they came with several disadvantages including slipping and sliding, gum irritation, chewing issues, debilitated talking ability and more.
With extensive research over the years, a new system for tooth replacement has been developed - Dental Implants. Using the latest advances in dental implant technology, our team of dentists along with experienced dental specialists, have been fixing smiles with affordable dental implants for patients all over Valley Stream, Port Washington, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Westbury, Great Neck, Franklin Square, and other close areas of NY. With dental implants, titanium posts are inserted into your bone and they act like the roots of your teeth. The titanium posts are surgically embedded in the jaw and merge with the natural bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. The posts become part of the patient’s natural anatomy, providing stability to the healthy tooth roots. Custom designed teeth are then attached to the implants using abutments. Depending on the individual needs of the patient, dentists and surgeons may suggest the following after an in-depth consultation:
Single stage dental implants are an advanced dental implant procedure that allow our dentists and dental implants NY periodontist, to place the implants in one visit. With one stage dental implant surgery, the patient doesn’t need to undergo a secondary surgical procedure. In certain scenarios, the artificial teeth can be fixed to the implant in the same sitting.
Implants are effective because they use a titanium post to mimic tooth roots, as a sturdy base for a restorative crown. The titanium implant fuses to the bone during osseointegration. It creates a strong and durable base, which means implants will not slip or move around. Dental implants are long-term solutions that blend in with natural teeth and restore function back into your bite. Patients are able to speak and eat without limitations and maintain their quality of life.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth. Usually, each prosthetic tooth gets attached to its own implant. To replace two or more teeth, a partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) is used. To replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, a complete dental prosthesis (fixed or removable bridge) serves the purpose. A fixed prosthesis is screwed down and is permanently fixed with the implant. This is only removable by the dentist whereas a removable complete prostheses (overdenture) is attached to a bar or ball/socket attachment. The variation in the number of implants is dependent upon the type of prostheses recommended.
With freestanding dental implant supported bridges, the fixed restorations are placed in areas not bounded by natural teeth, which had removable partial dentures before the “osseointegration”. An overdenture is a full or partial denture that is altered to attach to dental implants. Patients with sufficient bone density can get overdentures with two or more implants placed on the dentures. After the implants heal, the dentures are clipped to the implants. With overdentures, the dentures do not put any pressure on gums; instead, the implants take the pressure off the dentures, omitting the need to use adhesives.
Fixed implant bridges are best suited for people with several missing teeth. When replacing overdentures, normally around six or more implants are placed in the upper and the lower jaw. Each implant works an anchor for a dental bridge. A crown is placed over each dental implant and fabricated tooth or a pontic is connected in between the crowns. Overdentures and fixed implant bridges require regular dental checkups to measure the density of the jaw and ensure dental implants stay strong. Fixed detachable prostheses allow for easier hygiene underneath them, but cannot be removed by the patient as the teeth are held by screws placed into the implants. Only the dentists can remove them and this is done periodically for cleanings.
The dentist along with an in-office periodontist can perform advance dental implant surgery at North Island Dental Arts in New Hyde Park, NY. It is conveniently located a short drive from North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital. Doctors and multiple dentists are also available during extended hours on Saturdays. When you visit for the first time, our expert dentist performs a 10-point smile analysis to identify your particular problems and put together the best treatment plan possible. We use DentalVibe to reduce the sting of injections and give our patients a more comfortable experience.
Dental implant treatment requires a highly skilled team to provide patients with optimum results. Our team of expert doctors is trained in the complexities of bones, muscles and nerves. Surgeons, periodontists and dental specialists at Dental Arts work together in the same center to provide all inclusive and best in class dental treatment. With an accurate imaging facility, in-house dental lab facilities and expert consultants – all together in the same center – we offer the best possible experience to our patients.
Dental implants are a viable and effective solution for most patients with missing teeth. During the initial examination, we will determine if you have enough natural bone material left to support the artificial tooth root. In some cases, implants might not be the right answer, but fortunately there are effective alternatives. No matter what your dental health situation might be, we will find the right set of treatments to correct and restore your smile. Contact our office in New Hyde Park today for more information or to schedule an appointment.