Dental Implants – Maspeth, NY
The Next Best Thing To Your Own Teeth
Dental implants are a superior replacement option for any number of missing teeth and are also considered permanent because they can last 30 years or more. With the help of the latest techniques and advanced materials, dental implants have a 95-98% success rate of safely and reliably renewing smiles after tooth loss. Your dentist in Maspeth has advanced training to both place and restore dental implants, which means that every step of the process is completed in an office you know and trust. Call Maspeth Dental today to schedule your consultation with our team of restorative dentists and specialists. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you find new reasons to smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Researchers have found that when missing teeth aren’t replaced, patients have a 20% higher risk of the neighboring teeth being lost in the next 4-8 years. By addressing tooth loss immediately with dental implants, you can avoid additional tooth loss and maintain optimal oral health. Here are just some of the other benefits you can expect:
- Implants can last a lifetime - much longer than any other option
- They look and feel very natural and allow you to eat your favorite foods
- Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants prevent jawbone resorption and maintain the shape and structure of your face
- They have a long-term success rate of over 95% in non-smokers
- Implants give you more self-confidence
- Healthy teeth aren’t negatively impacted like they are with a dental bridge
Indications for Dental Implants
Another advantage of dental implants in Maspeth is that they can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. During your consultation, our team will discuss your options and make a recommendation for a treatment plan that’s best for you.
Missing a Single Tooth
Replacing just one missing tooth is very straightforward and simply involves placing a single titanium implant in the jaw and restoring it with a custom-made dental crown. After the initial implant procedure, it typically takes the implant 3-6 months to osseointegrate, or fuse, with the surrounding jawbone before the dental crown is attached.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For several consecutive missing teeth, an implant-retained bridge or partial denture is a great choice. Oftentimes, just 1-2 implants are needed to replace 3-4 teeth. With unmatched stability from implants, you’ll get a much stronger and more secure fit from your bridge or partial that wouldn’t be possible with a traditional option. These implant-supported restorations also last longer as well.
Missing All Teeth
Missing all the teeth in your upper or lower arch? Most people only need 2-8 implants per arch to secure a full denture, greatly improving the way it fits and functions. You’ll have significantly more stability and chewing power, and your appliance will last much longer, too.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
The first step of the process is a consultation so we can make sure implants are the best solution for you. Dental implants are a wonderful option for most people but some patients, particularly those who lost their teeth several years ago, lack the bone density needed to support implants. In these cases, we may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift and can provide expert service for these preparatory procedures right here.
Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we’ll perform an in-office surgery to place them in your jaw (this usually takes 1-2 hours per implant). Many dental offices have to refer their patients to specialists for their surgery, but we have an in-house specialist with many years of advanced training so that every part of the process can be completed with a team you know and trust.
After your implant surgery, we typically wait 3-6 months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. This gives them their strength and stability and makes them feel very natural. Finally, you’ll return one last time so we can complete your implant with a strong, beautiful restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
To determine the price of your dental implant procedure, we’ll need to know various factors, including how many implants you need, what type of restoration you require, whether you need any preparatory treatments, and the location of your missing teeth. We can determine all of these details during your initial consultation. At the end of this visit, we can break down the cost of dental implants in Barnegat for you and discuss your insurance and financing options.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Many of our patients require preliminary procedures before they’re eligible for dental implants. For example, a decayed tooth might need to be extracted, or bone grafting may be necessary to build up a weakened jawbone. Although these procedures increase your overall treatment costs, they also ensure that your new teeth have a stable and healthy foundation.
Dental implant surgery also incurs its own cost, which can vary based on the location of the implants within the mouth as well as the type of sedation required. Fortunately, Dr. G is a highly trained implant dentist in Barnegat who can perform this procedure right here in our office. This saves you the expense of having to visit an outside specialist.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Your implant posts and abutments can be crafted from various materials that each have their own benefits, drawbacks, and price. Dr. G will be transparent as to which type he selects for your new teeth, as well as the reasons why and how your final cost will be affected.
Similarly, different implant restorations have different costs. Generally, the more material that is used, the higher the price; a single dental crown costs less than a bridge, which costs less than a denture. Our team will also go over this information with you during your consultation.
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
It can be tempting to try and save money by choosing a dental bridge or denture, but dental implants in Barnegat can actually save you money in the long run. You won’t have to pay for repairs or replacements every few years like you would with traditional solutions, and you won’t need to purchase specialized cleaning or maintenance products. Plus, because dental implants improve your oral health, they’ll help you avoid dental issues that require expensive treatment.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
While most dental insurance plans do not cover the implants themselves, they’ll likely mitigate the cost of other aspects of the treatment, such as preliminary bone grafting. Our practice is in-network with many of the nation’s leading PPO dental insurance providers, and we’ll gladly take a look at your plan to ensure you’re getting the most out of your benefits.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Even without insurance, we have ways of helping you pay for dental implants. For one, we can help you apply for CareCredit financing, which breaks up your treatment cost into smaller monthly chunks. Many of these plans even have zero interest for qualified patients!
Another option is our in-house dental membership plan. For a flat annual fee, you can access FREE preventive care and a significant discount on your dental implants as well as many of our other services.
Dental Implant FAQs
At Maspeth Dental, we typically recommend dental implants for patients who have undergone tooth loss because they’re often considered the next best thing to your own teeth. However, because many people are unfamiliar with the process, it’s perfectly normal to have a few questions about some of the finer details of the treatment. For this reason, your dentist has taken the time to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Getting a titanium post placed directly into your jawbone may sound painful. But you’ll be glad to know that many of our patients report the procedure being much easier than they expected! If you’ve ever had a tooth extracted, you can expect about the same level of discomfort and recovery period.
Keep in mind that we use plenty of local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area before placing implants. While you may experience some degree of soreness for a few days after your procedure, we can prescribe pain medications to help you alleviate any discomfort.
What Happens If I Wait to Get Dental Implants?
It’s not uncommon for patients to wait a while after their tooth extraction to receive an implant. That being said, if you wait too long, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate in that area, since the root of your tooth is no longer there to stimulate the bone. If enough time passes, you might not have enough bone left to accommodate an implant, and you may have to undergo a bone graft.
While needing a bone graft won’t mean you can never get implants, you will have to wait an additional few months while the graft strengthens the bone.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Yes, but because implants come with a success rate of over 95 percent, implant failure is exceedingly rare. When it does happen, it’s usually due to one of the following factors:
- Smokers have a lower implant success rate of around 85 percent.
- Gum disease. If you develop a bacterial infection in the gums surrounding your implant, it could lose the support it needs, causing it to become loose or even fall out.
- Jaw clenching and teeth grinding. If you grind or clench while you sleep, ask us about a custom-made nightguard to protect your implants and natural teeth from damage.
- Poor oral hygiene. Even after getting an implant, it’s important to still see us for regular checkups and cleanings to make sure your implant, as well as your gums, is still in great condition.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Rest assured that dental implants are completely safe. They’re made from surgical-grade, biocompatible titanium, which is the same material often used in hip and knee replacements. Dental implants have been used for several decades to restore the smiles of countless patients. Today, an estimated 5 million people receive dental implants every year.