If you have lost a tooth in the past, you understand what a challenge it can be to chew properly, speak with confidence, or eat your favorite foods. To preserve your smile and your oral health, replacing missing teeth is recommended. Currently, dental implants are considered the longest-lasting, most predictable teeth-replacement option. At our practice, our team of professionals can place and restore implants, all under one roof. If you are considering dental implants in Deer Park, reach out to a team member at National Dental Melville.
All about Dental Implants
If you have been researching teeth replacement options, you have undoubtedly heard of dental implants. These small threaded posts are typically crafted from surgical-grade titanium, although ceramic is now being used as well. Methodically placed into the jawbone during a surgical procedure, dental implants support a variety of restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. There are three components that allow an implant to function properly:
- Dental implant: This is the actual post that is inserted into the jaw.
- Abutment: Used as an anchor for the final restoration, the abutment – or small post – is attached to the implant and extends just beyond the gum line.
- Final restoration: Once the abutment is in place, the final restoration can be connected.
What Can Dental Implants Do?
As aforementioned, dental implants can support a number of different restorations. This versatility has quite literally changed the way we replace teeth. One missing tooth can be replaced with a single dental implant. In the past, one tooth would need to be replaced with a traditional dental bridge. While effective, this required the reduction of enamel on the adjacent teeth. If a tooth is replaced with a dental implant, all healthy tooth structure is left fully intact.
Dental implants can also replace multiple missing teeth. For example, a row of missing teeth can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge. While traditional bridges often need replaced every 15 to 20 years, their implant-supported counterparts can last a lifetime with proper care.
Patients who wear conventional dentures can upgrade to an implant-supported prosthesis. In addition to a removable option that “snaps” in and out, we also offer a permanent (fixed) full arch restoration that can be supported with only four to six implants per arch. This is referred to as Four Ever Smile™. With recent advances in technology, patients who have experienced bone degradation can now qualify for full-arch replacement using the All-on-4® treatment concept. During an initial consultation with our doctors, we can help you determine which solution will serve your unique needs.
Who is a Candidate?
Individuals interested in pursuing dental implants should be free of tooth decay and periodontal disease. If either of these conditions are present, we will address them first, as infection can hinder the success of treatment. Furthermore, patients should be in good overall health, and should not have any medical condition that may interfere with healing. Sufficient jawbone density must be available to appropriately house the post. If you are deficient in bone volume, your doctor may recommend a bone grafting procedure to increase your eligibility for treatment.
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If you are missing teeth, don’t wait until further issues develop. Restore your bite and your smile with dental implants at National Dental Melville. Call us at (631) 816-2277 or contact us online anytime.