Dental Implants in Woodbury, NY
At Barkoff Dental, we proudly provide dental implant services in Woodbury, NY. Call 516-921-1133 to schedule your implant consultation!
People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. However, even patients who may not initially be an ideal candidate for dental implants can become one with the aid of the team at Barkoff Dental. If you have underlying health conditions, you may still be eligible for dental implants provided that your health issues are well controlled.
Single vs. Multiple Dental Implants
Dental implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth (a crown) will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a fixed set of replacement teeth that never leave your mouth). Similarly, if you have lost all your teeth, a full arch of replacement teeth can be permanently fixed in your mouth with just a handful of properly placed and positioned implants.
Advantages over Dentures and Conventional Dental Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, or even less if the supporting teeth have had root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Depending on your unique oral anatomy, you might need one or more additional procedures before your implant surgery. Our preparatory procedures include:
Sinus Lift Augmentation: In some cases, the sinuses enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. It typically takes nine to 12 months to heal from this procedure before dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Bone Grafting: Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to perform an allograft. Since bone heals slowly, it may take nine to 12 months before the new bone is ready to receive dental implants.
Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date. This is typically called “site preservation”.
Pre-Treatment and Post-Treatment Care
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: Successful implant surgery requires careful planning. We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants.
Implant Maintenance: Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just like teeth. Therefore, it is important to consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same schedule of regular checkups and professional cleanings. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Call Barkoff Dental at 516-921-1133 to schedule your implant consultation!