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
Every patient is facing a unique set of circumstances and has different needs from the start (e.g. how many implants are needed, whether they need extractions or a bone graft first, etc.) Since we can’t provide a figure that applies to everyone, we recommend scheduling a consultation so we can evaluate your needs and provide a personalized estimate.
However, we can say, without question, that implants are an outstanding investment in your oral health. Nothing else comes close to giving you a new smile that looks and feels like your own and can last a lifetime!
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.