4 Signs You Are a Good Candidate for Same Day Dental Implants

All on Four Dental Implants

Dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they may also be vital for your long-term oral and bone health. Not everyone, though, is a perfect candidate for same-day dental implants in Suffolk County. The only way to determine if All-on-4 dental implants are right for you is to schedule an exam with the expert implantologists at LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.

What Is a Same-Day Dental Implant?

A same-day dental implant is exactly what its name implies. With today’s technology, it’s possible to get a dental implant fitted within a single clinical appointment. This doesn’t include the pre-procedure consultation and follow-ups to ensure the bone is healing properly.

Are You a Good Candidate for Same-Day Implants?

Only a qualified dentist can determine whether a same-day implant is right for you. Good candidates tend to exhibit the following:

  1. One or more missing teeth
  2. One or more loose teeth
  3. Misalignment that results in decreased bite pressure
  4. Current use of dentures, which causes you pain or discomfort

What the Dentist Looks For

Experiencing the above symptoms, however, doesn’t mean you’re an automatic candidate. Your dentist has to examine various other factors. The health of your gum tissue, for example, is a huge factor. Jawbone strength is another point. The jaw is what supports the implant apparatus. If the jaw lacks bone strength and/or you don’t have ample gum tissue, then the dentist may recommend a traditional dental implant. There needs to be ample bone for the implant to be grafted onto.

Your Medical History

Oral health aside, you also have to examine lifestyle factors. Certain prescription and over-the-counter medication, for example, may disqualify you. Anti-inflammatory drugs, for instance, may increase bleeding during the procedure.

Likewise, smokers are also less likely to qualify. Tobacco products affect circulation in the mouth, thus interfering with the ability of bone and tissue to heal after implant placement.

Also, if you have other pre-existing oral issues, such as periodontal disease, then you may need to address that first before you can safely get an implant. The same applies if you have been diagnosed with bruxism, or have recently undergone radiation therapy anywhere from your neck up.

It’s imperative that you disclose your full medical history, so that your dentist can get an accurate prognosis. Never withhold information because you believe it will disqualify you.

Set Up an Appointment Today

A same-day dental implant can be life-changing, and only takes up a few hours of your time. To determine if you’re a good candidate, contact LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an initial exam and consultation. One of our qualified dentists will examine your oral health and determine whether you qualify, or if additional procedures are required beforehand.

Further reading on how to determine if you are a good candidate for same-day dental implants:

  1. Delta Dental, Are Dental Implants Right for You?, http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Adult/Procedures/22,21329
  2. AACD, Dental Implants, http://yoursmilebecomesyou.com/procedures/dental-implants/

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Sarah Klein

Dental Implants: Process, Recovery & Longevity

Dental Implant

A dental implant is the next best thing to your own, natural teeth. These artificial restorations are an excellent option for patients who have lost one or multiple teeth to injury, periodontal disease, or other causes. Incredibly durable, dental implants are designed to look, fit and feel just like your own teeth, and won’t ever slip out of place like dentures.

Dental implants function like replacement tooth roots and may be used to restore a single tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth. They can not only improve your smile and self-esteem, but make eating your favorite foods much more comfortable.

If you are considering a smile makeover with implants, you probably have lots of questions. Here’s a basic overview about how dental implants work, the recovery process and how long they last.

What does a dental implant procedure involve?

Good candidates for dental implants have adequate bone mass to support the artificial tooth root and healthy gums. Bone grafting may be necessary if the tooth or teeth have been missing for several years and bone mass has deteriorated.  After an individual treatment plan has been developed by your dentist, and the jaw bone is ready for the artificial tooth root, the process involves multiple steps:

  1. The artificial tooth roots, posts made of titanium alloy, are implanted in the bone socket of the missing teeth. The process is performed with local anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours. Most patients experience minimal discomfort.
  2. The titanium posts then slowly fuse with the jaw bone, until they form secure anchors for the replacement teeth. This may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
  3. Impressions are used to create custom crowns that will be placed onto the abutment, or small connector that connects to the titanium posts. This phase is normally spaced a couple of weeks apart, and may take two weeks. The crowns are carefully crafted to mimic the color, shape and size of your natural teeth.

What is the recovery time?

Recovery times will depend on the individual case and the number of teeth replaced. In cases that require no bone grafting, there is typically minimal swelling or discomfort after dental implant surgery. After the procedure, patients should stick to a soft, bland diet for a week and avoid foods like nuts and seeds that may get lodged in the gum areas. Cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit smoothies and soup are recommended for the first few days. Avoid vigorous physical activity for three to four days post-surgery. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days with little inconvenience. Careful and gentle brushing is also important during the first few weeks post-op. Mouth rinses with warm, salted water can help keep the mouth clean and relieve discomfort.

A poor diet, alcohol intake, smoking and aggressive brushing can prolong the healing process and recovery time significantly. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you experience persistent bleeding, swelling or pain.

How long do dental implants last?

When cared for properly, dental implants can easily last for upwards of 20 years. Daily brushing, flossing and professional cleanings twice a year are the safest way to ensure the longevity of dental implants. Unlike your natural teeth, implants will never get discolored or develop cavities. However, implants placed at the back of the mouth may not last quite as long, due to the wear and tear of chewing. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease and an increased chance of premature implant failure.

New York dental implant specialists

Diseased, failing and missing teeth are no challenge for Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot, who leverage the experience and skill to address the most difficult of cases. If you are ready to improve your quality of life, your smile and your confidence, dental implants may be the solution.

Schedule your free consultation for dental implants on Long Island today! Call our Suffolk County office at 631.296.0549.

Additional Dental Implant Resources:

  1. Perio.org, Dental Implants https://www.perio.org/consumer/dental-implants
  2. WebMD, Dental Implants https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants#1
  3. MouthHealthy, Implants http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants

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Ava Lawson

Cosmetic Solutions for Congenitally Missing Teeth

Gum disease, trauma and tooth decay are some of the most common causes of missing teeth, but did you know that some people are genetically predisposed to have fewer than 32 permanent teeth? Congenitally missing teeth, known as hypodontia, is an anomaly in which one or more adult teeth fail to develop.

Hypodontia tends to run in families, but has been linked to factors like exposure to radiation, chemotherapy, or following a childhood illness with rubella or candida. Children born with Down’s syndrome, ectodermal dysplasia or a cleft palate may also be at risk for congenitally missing teeth.

Prevalence of hypodontia

Hypodontia is a common condition seen throughout the world. In fact, it is estimated that hypodontia affects up to 8 percent of the population and 20 percent of adults fail to develop at least one tooth during their life. Congenitally missing teeth are more prevalent females versus males, and is most frequently seen in mandibular second premolars, maxillary lateral incisors, lower central incisors and wisdom teeth. According to published epidemiological research, one or both of the lateral incisors are congenitally missing in roughly 2 percent of the population. 

Besides obvious aesthetic concerns, patients with congenitally missing teeth may be at risk for other complications including periodontal damage, malocclusion, problems with pronunciation and chewing, and inadequate alveolar bone growth.

If you have hypodontia and want to improve your smile and self-esteem, there are several dental treatments available that can restore appearance and functionality.

Treatments for congenitally missing teeth

By replacing missing teeth, patients can not only achieve a more attractive smile, they can avoid oral health complications down the road. Treatments for hypodontia are aimed at maintaining jaw support and restoring the stability of remaining teeth, which can shift over the years. A cosmetic dentist can determine the best solution for your particular case, whether you are missing your mandibular second premolars, lateral incisors or any other teeth. Treatment decisions are based on several factors such as tooth location, how many teeth are missing, age and current periodontal health.

Treatment options may include:

  • Invisalign or orthodontics — People with only one or two congenitally missing teeth may benefit from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, which gently moves the remaining teeth to fill in the gaps caused by hypodontia.
  • Bridge – Another cost-effective option is having a bridge, which fills in the empty space from the missing tooth. A dentist creates a bridge by affixing crowns on the two healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth. Bridges may be fixed or removable can last up to 15 years.
  • Permanent tooth implant – Dental implants are the treatment of choice in many hypodontia patients, since the restoration replaces the tooth structure and root, and is designed to look and function like your own, natural teeth. Dental implants can last upwards of 25 years and are a great option for enhancing function and appearance.
  • Partial Denture – Properly sized and fitted dentures are another affordable means to correct congenitally missing teeth, and may be recommended if you’re not a candidate for implants or other restorations.

Affordable dentistry in Long Island

For more information about solutions for congenitally missing teeth, we invite you to call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 631-246-4992 for a free consultation. Dr. Elliott and Dr. Nick are specialists in implantology and can outline your smile makeover solutions.

Additional “Congenitally Missing Teeth” Resources:

  1. American College of Prosthodentics, Missing Teeth https://www.gotoapro.org/missing-teeth/
  2. Dental Research Journal, Congenitally missing teeth (hypodontia): A review of the literature concerning the etiology, prevalence, risk factors, patterns and treatment https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4336964/
  3. Taylor Francis Online, Prevalence of hypodontia and associated factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1465313314Y.0000000116?journalCode=yjor20

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Ava Lawson

Mini Dental Implants: Your Questions Answered!

Dental Implant

If you’re wondering what the difference is between “mini” dental implants and conventional implants, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most commonly fielded questions by our Suffolk County cosmetic dentists, who offer the latest advancements in tooth restoration and implantology.

As their name implies, mini dental implants are much smaller than traditional implants, which typically average 3.5 to 6 mm wide. By contrast, mini implants are 1.8 to 3.4 mm in diameter, making them a more suitable option for patients who do not have sufficient bone mass or space to support larger implants.

Mini implants are used in a variety of tooth restoration procedures and can support most types of lower arch dentures, fixed bridgework and crowns. Just like their bigger counterparts, mini implants are comprised of a titanium post that is inserted partially into the gums where it attaches to the jawbone. The head of the implant is ball shaped and equipped with a rubber O-ring that snaps onto the post of the restoration. The entire mini implant procedure is performed in one office visit, and only requires local anesthesia. After this minimally -invasive procedure, patients can enjoy a brand new smile and teeth the very same day, without the hassle of sutures or a lengthy recovery period.

Mini Implant Uses

Mini dental implants may be recommended for patients who:

  • Have insufficient jawbone density for regular implants
  • Replacing smaller, front teeth
  • Replacing incisors or pre molars
  • Replacing a single tooth located in a narrow space
  • Cannot have invasive surgery
  • Are not good candidates for bone grafting

Mini Implant Advantages

Mini implants aren’t suitable for every patient, but for those who are good candidates, this restoration offers numerous benefits:

  • No invasive surgery
  • No sutures
  • No waiting period or multiple trips to the dentist
  • Faster healing period
  • One-step procedure
  • New teeth in one day
  • More cost-effective compared to traditional implants
  • High success rate
  • Very durable
  • No need for expensive bone grafting procedures
  • Provide a solid foundation for bridges, crowns or dentures
  • Mini implants offer an instant smile makeover
  • Feel just like your natural teeth
  • Require the same care as natural teeth

Are mini implants right for you?

Mini implants are an affordable and convenient option to replace missing teeth. If your confidence is lacking because of an imperfect smile and you’d like to learn more about mini dental implants, we invite you to call our Rocky Point office to arrange a free consultation. Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer flexible payment options and attractive financing plans. Schedule your appointment today by calling 631-296-0570.

Additional “Mini Dental Implant” Resources:

  1. Colgate, What Are Mini Dental Implants? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/implants/article/what-are-mini-dental-implants-0316
  2. RealSelf, Mini Dental Implants https://www.realself.com/mini-dental-implants

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Ava Lawson

Dental Bridge or Implant: Which Is Right for You?

cross section of dental implant

Don’t let gaps in your smile hold you back. With dental implants or bridges, a cosmetic dentist can restore your missing teeth with synthetic versions that look completely natural. Both implants and bridges are excellent choices for many patients with edentulism, but for certain people, one choice is better than the other. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to find out which is best for you.

Dental bridges and implants: what do they do?

Dental implants and bridges both replace missing teeth, but the similarity ends there. Dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone. As the bone fuses to the implant, it securely anchors the tooth replacement in place. The implant is capped by a crown.

Dental bridges do not usually involve surgery. With a traditional bridge, the cosmetic dentist secures a crown to the existing teeth on either side of the gap. These crowns hold a pontic in place between them. The pontic is the artificial tooth that fills the gap.

Dental implants are a permanent solution

One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they are a permanent restoration. Implants are not removable, and they are cared for just like any natural tooth. Of course, it’s possible for an implant to fail, in which case it will require removal and replacement. In most cases, implants fail because the patient is a smoker and/or didn’t maintain proper oral hygiene. But when they are taken care of properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Bridges may be fixed in place or removable. Their lifespan also depends on how well they are taken care of. In general, however, a removable bridge may last five to eight years before it needs to be replaced. A fixed bridge, which the patient cannot remove and replace from the mouth, may last about 10 years or longer.

Adjacent teeth

Since dental bridges are held in place by the adjacent teeth, it’s necessary for the patient to have strong, healthy teeth to serve as the anchors. Patients who are missing multiple teeth in the same area, those with severely compromised jawbone mass, and those with unhealthy adjacent teeth will likely not be good candidates for a fixed bridge. Instead, a removable bridge may be used.

When choosing between dental implants and bridges, it’s important to keep in mind that implants are “stand-alone” prostheses—they do not place any strain on the neighboring teeth. Dental bridges do, and as a result, the health of the adjacent teeth may begin to suffer over time.

Bone mass

Another point to consider is the health of the underlying bone mass. Patients who have not had missing teeth for long and who are not smokers will have healthier, denser bone mass. This is ideal for placing dental implants. If there isn’t enough bone mass to anchor the implant, the patient may need to choose dental bridges or have a bone graft surgery, followed by implant placement.

It can be difficult to make healthcare decisions, which is why Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot take the time to thoroughly explain the available options to each patient who needs restorative treatment. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is a leading provider of dental implants and bridges in Suffolk County. Call today to request a consultation at our Long Island office.

More “dental bridges vs. implants” resources:

  1. Colgate, Dental Bridge vs. Implant: Which Is Right for You? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/dental-bridge-vs-implant-which-is-right-for-you-1015
  2. American Dental Association, Tooth Replacement Options, https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/ADA_PatientSmart_Tooth_Replacement.pdf?la=en

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Jacky Gale

3 Great Alternatives to Dentures

multiple tooth implant

For some people, dentures are an appropriate option for restoring one or multiple missing teeth. But for others, they’re far from ideal. Since dentures are removable, they must be taken out at night and soaked. Chewing on hard, sticky, or chewy foods can make the dentures slide out of place, which is particularly embarrassing if it happens at a social event or business lunch. It can also be difficult to articulate words clearly with dentures in place. Plus, unlike real teeth, dentures do not stimulate the underlying jawbone mass during biting and chewing, which can lead to poor bone density over time.

“Many of our patients come in to talk about tooth replacement options when they’re fed up with the functionality and cosmetic appearance of their dentures,” says Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “They’re surprised to learn that there are several alternatives to dentures, and that alternatives like dental implants can actually help preserve oral health.”

Dental implants

Dental implants are definitely considered to be the gold standard in tooth replacement, and advances in implant technology over the past few years means that patients can often receive implants even if they were previously told they weren’t good candidates. A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth, as the post is surgically placed directly into the jawbone.

All on 4 dental implants

Dental implants work well for replacing one or a couple of missing teeth. But what if you’re missing a full arch of teeth? You still have a good alternative to dentures: All on 4 dental implants can restore the full arch without requiring more than four implants. (Some patients may be better candidates for All on 6 implants.) With this technique, your cosmetic dentist will place four implants into the jawbone. Even if you’ve sustained significant bone loss already, your dentist can use an angled insertion technique to successfully place the implants. These implants will support your new dental bridge, which will give you a full arch of non-removable replacement teeth.

Dental bridges

As popular and effective as dental implants are, sometimes patients simply prefer not to go through two or more oral surgeries, or wait the several months it takes for the bone to fuse to the implant. If you’re looking for quick results with minimal fuss, consider talking to a cosmetic dentist about dental bridges. Just like the name implies, a dental bridge effectively bridges the gap caused by tooth loss. Since dental bridges aren’t supported by a surgically placed implant, your dentist will instead fabricate two dental crowns that will fit over the remaining teeth on either side of the gap. These crowns hold the replacement tooth in place, which is known as the pontic. Dental bridges may be fixed in place or they may be removable, depending on your preferences.

Every patient with missing teeth deserves compassionate, patient-focused care delivered by expert implantologists. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot take the time to get to know each patient to determine the best possible course of treatment. We are your source for high-quality and affordable tooth restorations and replacements on Long Island. Call (631) 296-0549 to request your no-cost initial consultation.

More “alternatives to dentures” resources:

  1. American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Non-Implant Options, http://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implant-options/non-implant-options/
  2. American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Alternative Techniques, http://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implant-options/alternative-techniques/

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Jacky Gale

3 Signs You Need a Dental Implant

Dental Implant

Your smile speaks volumes about your personality and confidence level. But if you have missing teeth or badly damaged teeth, you probably haven’t done much smiling lately. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot firmly believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, complete smile.

“Many of our patients come to us after months or years of delaying getting dental care. They’re surprised to learn just how affordable and customizable dental implants truly are,” says Dr. Nick. “And with our IV sedation services, it’s easy for even the most anxious patient to get implants placed,” adds Dr. Elliot.

1. You’ve lost a tooth or are expecting to have one extracted

If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible. Not only is a missing tooth problematic for the appearance of your smile, but it can also compromise your health. Your teeth do much more than bite, chew, and maintain facial symmetry. Every time you chew, the gentle pressure on your teeth stimulates the underlying jaw bone. In response, the body creates new bone mass, which is an essential process for preventing osteoporosis and reducing the risk of jaw bone fractures.

Because of the likelihood of bone loss, it’s preferable to have a dental implant placed in a timely manner after losing a tooth. This is why, if you’re expecting to have a tooth extracted due to advanced disease or significant damage, it’s a good idea to begin planning your dental implant procedures ahead of time.

2. You’re self-conscious about your smile

Your health is an investment, but your confidence in your appearance is also important for your quality of life. If you’re doing your best not to smile or laugh, or if you’re constantly covering your mouth with your hand, it’s time to talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting dental implants. Your new teeth will look just like natural teeth. They’ll be shaped and shaded to suit your smile perfectly, which means no one will be able to tell that not all of your teeth are natural. After receiving their dental implants, patients typically find that they are able to relax and feel free to be themselves in social settings.

3. Your dentures are inconvenient or ill-fitting

Dentures are a common choice for people with tooth loss, particularly if they have multiple missing teeth. They may work well for some people, but many find that dentures are uncomfortable and, sometimes, embarrassing. They can slip out of place and it’s difficult to eat hard, sticky, or chewy foods with dentures. Plus, denture wearers often find they are inconvenient, as they need to be removed and cleaned separately. If you’re experiencing these problems with your dentures, it’s time to reclaim your health and quality of life, and talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting dental implants.

Visit a cosmetic dentist on Long Island

Dental implant placement is a delicate procedure that requires considerable skill and extensive experience. That’s why so many dental implant patients on Long Island turn to Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Both are Fellows of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Associate Fellows of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. If you’re considering dental implants on Long Island, give us a call today and let us design a personalized cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that’s right for you.

Additional Sources

  1. U.S. News & World Report, Indications You May Need a Dental Implant, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/11/16/indications-you-may-need-a-dental-implant
  2. American Dental Association, Implants, http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants

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Jacky Gale

Dental Implants: Fact or Fiction?

porcelain veneers

Are you considering dental implants to restore your smile and confidence? In our opinion, a well-informed patient is an empowered patient. So we’d like to dispel some common myths about dental implants and separate the fact from fiction.

Fact: Implants preserve healthy bone

Among all tooth restoration options, dental implants are the only ones that conserve natural bone. Moreover, implants prevent future bone loss and promote jawbone growth. This not only prevents your existing teeth from shifting out of place, it can also help preserve the integrity of your facial structure.

Fiction: Dental implants are cost prohibitive

Thanks to advances in implantology, restoration of missing teeth with implants is becoming increasingly affordable. While the initial investment may be higher than dentures or a fixed bridge, neither of these options will last decades. Unlike bridges, which need replacing every 5-7 years, implants are designed to last a lifetime. They are the most permanent solution, meaning greater cost savings in the long run.

Fact: Implants are easy to care for

Implants are the next best thing to having your own natural teeth and are super easy to care for. You never have to worry about dealing with messy adhesives or removable fixtures, and implants will never get cavities. Simply brush, floss and see your dentist for cleanings every 6 months.

Fiction: Everyone can get dental implants

The truth is that many patients are great candidates for implants, even those who are older and have a long history of gum disease! Having adequate healthy bone structure in the jaw is one of the most important criteria. For those who have significant jawbone deterioration, a bone grafting surgery may be necessary. Younger patients whose jawbones are still developing may not be good candidates, as well as those with chronic diseases such as hemophilia or uncontrolled diabetes.

Fact: Dental implants are completely undetectable

Modern dental implants are custom made of fine porcelain that mimics the translucency of your natural teeth. The color, shape and hue of these revolutionary restorations look so real that many patients forget they have artificial teeth.

Fiction: Getting dental implants is painful

The fear of pain keeps many people out of the dentist’s chair, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that sedation dentistry paves the way for a stress-free and comfortable procedure. Patients can now choose from a range of anesthesia options such as nitrous oxide, IV sedation and conscious oral sedation with medication. A professional dental anesthesiologist will ensure that you’re in a deep state of relaxation and feel no discomfort.

Fact: Dental implants are proven to be safe

Implantology has continued to evolve over the past five decades, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to deliver superior results without major disruption to your normal, daily lives. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants have a long-term success rate of 95 to 98 percent!

Fiction: All dentists can perform successful implant surgery

As with any type of medical procedure, it’s highly recommended to do your homework and find an experienced implant dentist who has the education and training in oral implantology, surgery and prosthodontics recognized by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). An untrained or inexperienced dentist simply doesn’t have the knowledge or skill set to prevent complications and ensure a successful implant procedure.

Affordable dental implants in Suffolk County

Whether you need a single tooth replacement or are interested in learning more about same day implants, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliott are proud to offer a range of affordable options to their Suffolk County patients. For a free consultation, we invite you to call Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

Additional Dental Implant Fact Resources:

  1. American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dental Implant Facts http://www.aaid-implant.org/resources-and-news/dental-implant-facts/
  2. MedicineNet, Dental Implants http://www.medicinenet.com/dental_implants/article.htm
  3. Oral Health Foundation, Dental Implants https://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/cosmetic-dentistry/implants

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Ava Lawson

How Long Does it Take to Get Dental Implants?

multiple tooth implant

Dental implants are widely regarded as the next best thing to having your own natural teeth. Built to last upwards of 15-20 years, dental implants offer numerous aesthetic and functional benefits, and even help prevent future loss of heathy jaw bone. Given the incredible advances in implant technology and computer 3D imaging, increasing numbers of Americans suffering from tooth loss can get the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.

Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, where we offer single implants, multiple teeth implants and same day dental implants, one of the most commonly asked questions by our patients is “how long do dental implants take?” The answer to this question will hinge upon the type of implants placed. Patients who require tooth extraction and bone grafting procedures may need longer treatment times, ranging from 6 to 9 months in total.

Those who are good candidates for same day implants, also known as “All on 4,” or “teeth in a day” can walk out of our Suffolk County dental office with temporary (but non-removable) restorations on the very same day! Three to six months later, once osseointegration is finished, the final custom-made dental implants will be permanently affixed, giving patients permanent replacement teeth that look and function just like their own natural teeth.

Before recommending the best treatment protocol, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot look a number of factors, including the patient’s oral health, whether the patient has sufficient bone structure to support implants, or if they require a bone graft/sinus lift, as well as the location and number of teeth that need to be replaced. These elements will also determine the length of the entire dental implant process.

Dental implant time frame

When using traditional methods for implantation, patients can expect the process to last around five months for implants in the lower jaw and six to seven months in the upper jaw. This time frame includes the entire process, from initial surgery to having the permanent crowns or fixed bridge placed. However, this process can last 9-12 months in patients who require bone grafting surgery before the implants are placed.

If you’re a candidate for mini implants, which are used to stabilize and anchor dentures for better comfort and convenience, this process is much faster with very little downtime. Small diameter implants can be placed into the jawbone using local anesthesia, allowing denture stabilization in just one office visit.

Book your consultation today

There are several factors that will determine the overall length of the dental implant process, which will be outlined with patients before treatment begins. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have state-of-the-art equipment and specialty training in restorative dentistry and oral implantology, and are proud to offer affordable dental implants to residents throughout Long Island and Suffolk County.

If you would like more information about dental implants, please do not hesitate to contact our Rocky Point, NY office for a free consultation.

Additional Dental Implant Resources: 

  1. Colgate, Single-Tooth Implants http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/implants/article/single-tooth-implants
  2. WebMD, Dental Implants http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants#1
  3. AAID, Benefits of Dental Implant Treatment http://www.aaid-implant.org/about-dental-implants/what-are-the-benefits-of-dental-implants-over-other-treatments/

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Ava Lawson

What are Mini Implants?

Same Day Teeth

Mini-implants are implants for denture wearers. If you no longer have your natural teeth, conventional dentures are an extremely helpful solution. They allow you to talk, laugh, and eat with ease.

However, time sometimes causes dentures to shift. Why? Well, beneath the gum’s soft tissues lies a bony structure. That structure, and dentures themselves can weaken over time. The soft tissues can get even softer.

In addition, with time, sometimes the upper or lower jaw, or both, may recede. That causes changes to the contours of your face that may be undesirable.

If any of this has happened, the Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry team can help. With mini implants, you can achieve denture stabilization that gives you back all the pleasure of healthy, stable teeth.

Mini implant surgery has a high success rate in patients who have mild to moderate bone loss. After the surgery, your dentures can be conveniently and easily taken out for cleaning and sterilization.

What happens in mini implant surgery?

Mini implant surgery is surprisingly quick and convenient. The implants are small in diameter – that’s why they’re called mini. They are set right into the jawbone during surgery. The heads securely anchor your dentures.

Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot can usually stabilize dentures in just one hour. The procedure is done entirely in the office, using minimally invasive surgery and local anesthesia.

It is often possible to retrofit your existing dentures without the necessity of fabricating a new set of dentures.

A quick and easy recovery

After surgery, no long period of healing is required. Your dentures will be stabilized the day you undergo surgery!

You will not remove the lower denture for about two days after the procedure, to prevent excess swelling. It is also more comfortable to keep the denture in place after its initial placement. At a follow-up appointment, you will be shown how to properly insert and remove your dentures via the implant anchors.

For two weeks following the procedure, patients eat a soft diet. Some minor swelling and bruising usually occurs. It is important to follow a thorough cleaning regiment. Proper cleaning stops plaque build-up and inflammation, which can both result in the denture having poor seating and low retention.

Mini implants are a less expensive option than dental implants for your individual teeth.

Call us today

If you have been concerned about the stability of your dentures, or they don’t seem to fit as well as they used to, call us today for a no-cost initial consultation. Together with Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, you can review the impressive benefits mini implants offer for the process of denture stabilization. During your complimentary consultation, we will review your needs, the costs, and payment options.

Additional mini tooth implant resources

  1. Dezak, Agnes, RDH. “Mini Dental Implants: Life-Changing Options for Denture Patients.” RDH. http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-32/issue-9/features/mini-dental-implants.html
  2. Green, Jenny. “What Are Mini Dental Implants?” Colgate Oral Care Center. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/implants/article/what-are-mini-dental-implants-0316

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