Just a few decades ago, replacing teeth with dental implants was not even an option. The mainstay treatment for replacing a single tooth was a bridge, and patients who were missing a full arch of teeth had to wear conventional dentures. While these teeth replacement options are still being used in dentistry today, dental implants have truly been a game-changer. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, our team of doctors can place and restore implants, all at one location for your convenience.
Exploring Dental Implants in Bayside
You’ve most likely heard of dental implants. But what are they, and how do they work? Each implant is threaded, similar to a screw, and is made from surgical-grade titanium. This post is placed into the jawbone during a surgical procedure and is intended to replace the tooth root. This revolutionary method retains bone density and prevents atrophy, which is a common byproduct of tooth loss. Dental implants are so successful that they can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
Same Day Dental Implant Treatment
When implants were first invented, treatment had to be performed in a few different stages. For example, after the implant was placed, the site would need to heal for a few months. Then, a second surgery was performed to uncover the implant and attach the abutment (post) that supports the restoration. Finally, the restoration could be connected. Fortunately, modern advances in dentistry now allow us to complete treatment in a faster, more effective way.
When you undergo dental implant treatment at National Dental, only one surgery is typically required. Furthermore, because our digital diagnostic tools aid us in accurate treatment planning, patients can often receive their final restoration the very same day their implant is placed.
Dental Implant Candidacy
In order for implants to be successful, they must be embedded in healthy, dense bone. Therefore, patients with a significant amount of bone loss may require bone grafting or other prerequisite procedures before pursing implant treatment. Additionally, candidates should be free from gum disease or extensive tooth decay, as oral bacteria can seriously impede the success of treatment. During a consultation, your doctor can help you determine your eligibility for dental implants.
Teeth Replacement with Dental Implants in Flushing
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth. One missing tooth can simply be replaced by a single dental implant. In contrast to dental bridges, there is no need to reduce the adjacent teeth. Therefore, your healthy tooth structure can remain intact. Multiple missing teeth can be replaced using implant-supported bridges. Finally, patients who are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches can choose full-arch teeth replacement with dental implants. This may include removable implant-supported dentures, which “snap” onto dental implants for support, or fixed options, such as Four Ever Smile™ or All-on-4®, which offer a permanent, non-removable solution.
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Don’t let missing teeth have a negative impact on your quality of life. To explore your options, schedule a visit at National Dental Oakland Gardens. Contact us online or call us at (718) 407-0574.