Millions of Americans suffer from edentulism, which is the clinical term for having one or more missing teeth. The loss of natural teeth is devastating. Not only is it damaging to your self-confidence and self-image, but it can also result in health complications. Without the gentle stimulation of biting and chewing on a natural tooth, the jawbone will begin to lose density. Many patients prefer dental implants over dentures because implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Once you’ve had the permanent crown placed, you won’t be able to tell a difference between the implant and a natural tooth!
Choosing a dentist to perform the surgery is a major decision. Since there is a risk of damage to nearby nerves, it’s imperative to choose a dentist who has advanced training in oral surgery in general and dental implants in particular. Keep reading to find out why so many implant patients have chosen Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to perform their dental implants in Huntington, NY.
It’s always a smart idea to start your search with an award-winning dental office, such as Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Because dental implants require specialized surgery, you’ll need a dentist who has undergone advanced training in this area. As an example, Dr. Elliot completed an intensive three-year advanced surgical and prosthodontics program at Brookdale University. And Dr. Nick completed an intensive, full-time, two-year surgical and prosthodontics program at Brookdale University.
You should also choose a dentist who is committed to continually improving surgical skills and clinical knowledge through ongoing professional development opportunities. Look for a dentist who is a member in good standing of professional organizations, such as the American Dental Association, NYS Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dental implant surgery is a major procedure that calls for more than just local anesthetic. Many patients undergoing this surgery prefer to use oral (conscious) sedation or intravenous (IV) sedation in addition to a local anesthetic for pain control. Oral sedation involves taking a pill by mouth before the appointment. Patients opting for this choice will remain awake, but completely relaxed. The surgery will seem to pass by quickly, and patients might not remember much of the appointment. IV sedation is similar in that it doesn’t force the patient to fall asleep, but instead induces a deep level of relaxation.
When sedation dentistry is used, patients’ vital signs must be monitored carefully during the entire procedure. It’s important to choose a dentist who has obtained NYS certifications in IV and PO sedation, such as Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.
You can find out more about dental implants during your consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We specialize in implant dentistry, including same-day dental implants. Call our Huntington, NY office today at 631.228.8308 and let us know how we can restore your smile and your self-confidence!
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