Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. Implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures.
 
During this advanced procedure, titanium post supports are surgically fused with your jawbone. These frames act as an anchor in which your dentist can mount naturally looking false teeth on top of. The stability of your jawbone provides just the right amount of support to hold the new tooth. This is an important factor as it prevents teeth from shifting while eating or talking. The decision to get dental implants can be life changing. As always, it is important to know the facts and to weigh all of your options before making an ultimate decision.
 
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
 
-Natural Appearance
Dental Implants are extremely natural looking and will match your own teeth. The implant will go unnoticed by others unless mentioned otherwise.
 
-Comfort
The fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable in comparison to traditional dentures. You will not need to worry about removing them or noticeable shifting during simple daily activities.
 
-Longevity
This procedure will last you a lifetime.
 
Are There Any Disadvantages of Dental Implants?
 
-Time
The surgical process of receiving implants can be time consuming. It requires multiple visits to the dentist to complete.
 
-Finances
Implants are a one of the more expensive teeth replacement options due to all of their advantages. The majority of dental insurance companies will not cover the full cost.
 
-Incompatible
There is a small chance that the surgery is unsuccessful and fails. The chances of failure are low, roughly 5% of the time. To perform a successful procedure, the patient must have gums in proper health and sufficient bone to bear the support of the implant. If the bone is tender or frail, additional measures would need to be taken.
 
Types of Implants
 
A consultation with your Bayside, NY dentist will allow him to evaluate what kind of dental implant would be the right fit for you.
 
Root Form Implant: This is the most common type of implant. The implant is meant to serve as a substitute for the lack of roots where your tooth is missing. The Root From screw itself is shaped like the root of a tooth.
 
Plate Form Implant: A plate form implant has a flat and long shape, making it better suited for a narrow jawbone than that of a Root Form. This long implant sits above the jawbone and beneath your gums.
Eventually, your tissue and bone will form around the implant increasing its security and stability.
 
Subperiosteal Implants: A subperiosteal implant may be prescribed for a patient with a jawbone that is too shallow for the alternatives. This option becomes present for those without enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant. This subperiosteal implant has a frame made of metal that like the Plat form implant attached beneath gum tissue, and on or above your bone. Small posts protrude from the structure. 
 
Another dental implant option that has a smaller structure is Mini Dental Implants. This implant procedure is less invasive and time consuming. They can typically be installed by your dentist in one visit with the use of local anesthesia. Regular dental implants require a minimum of two appointments over a time span of three to six months. The mini dental implant post has a ball on the tip. Within the tooth there is an “O” shaped ring in a socket that connects the post to the false tooth. 
 
Post Procedure Care
 
Once your dental implant procedure is complete, you must take the necessary care of them. Implementing a proper health care routine daily can help ensure the health and longevity of your implants.  For several dental health reasons including this one, smoking can pose a great risk to your implants. Cigarettes affect the strength of your bone structure and could play a role in the failure of your new false teeth.
Schedule an appointment with your Bayside, NY dentist every six months for regular cleanings and examinations. If you happen to run into any unforeseen issues with your dental implants, regular examinations will give us the opportunity to catch it early. This way treatment procedures and costs don’t spiral. You can also avoid a potential oral issue by limiting or eliminating hard foods from your diet, and never using your teeth as a tool.
 
Losing a tooth or teeth can be an embarrassing and traumatic thing for anyone to experience. If you think you might be a good candidate for dental implants, please call Northern Plaza Dental at 718-279-9700 today to request a consultation with Dr. Davantzis, your top Bayside dentist today.