Dental Implants – Plainview, NY
A Modern Solution for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are a burden currently faced by over 100 million Americans, but here at Meadowbrook Dentistry, patients can get the most complete and state-of-the-art replacement solution available today: dental implants. This revolutionary treatment provides the most natural-looking, reliable, and durable results compared to any other treatment, and it’s capable of replacing any number of missing teeth for a lifetime. Are you ready to say goodbye to the gaps in your smile? If so, contact us today for more information about dental implants in Plainview.
Why Choose Meadowbrook Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment In-House
- Advanced Dental Technology Ensures High Success Rates
- Affordable Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are unique because they actually replace the root of a tooth as well as the crown (the portion that shows when you smile). To get dental implants, you’ll first need to undergo a minor surgery in which our team will place small titanium posts into your jaw. These will be used to support your replacement teeth as well as prevent your jawbone from atrophying (which is common after tooth loss). After you’ve been given time to heal, you’ll return to our office to get your brand-new teeth.
Both of our dentists believe that dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. Because the posts fuse with your jawbone, they forge a bond that will prevent your teeth from feeling loose, shifting, or falling out. They’ll also renew more chewing power, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods with ease. Best of all, dental implants can last a lifetime with the right care!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Getting dental implants requires multiple appointments and can span the course of several months to a year or longer. However, their unmatched longevity and reliability make them well worth the wait. Plus, we can take care of the entire treatment process right here in our office, saving you the trouble of having to visit an unfamiliar oral surgeon. Everyone’s dental implant process looks slightly different, but they all include the same four basic steps:
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
It’s no secret that dental implants are considered to be one of the more complex treatments in dentistry. Since they carry a very high level of customization, an initial consultation will be needed to ensure the most successful treatment possible. This typically involves a general exam, X-rays, and a CT/cone beam scan. The more we can understand the specific aspects of your health and current oral structures, the better we can create a treatment plan that meets your needs. For example, surgical guides can be made to make dental implant treatment more predictable and provide better outcomes.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once we know how many teeth you intend to replace as well as your jawbone’s current density and volume, we can move forward with surgery. The placement stage involves creating a small incision in your gum tissue and creating a hole inside your jaw for the implant to fit into. Sedation therapy will be provided to make you as comfortable as possible during surgery. Once placed, the gum tissue will be stitched close so that the healing phase can begin. At this point, a temporary restoration may be provided, especially if you are replacing a tooth that’s visible in your smile.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
Osseointegration is the process in which a titanium implant becomes part of your natural bone and gum tissue. Depending on where the implant was placed, this step could take as long as four to six months. During this healing period, you’ll come back to our practice every so often to confirm that the implant is healing properly.
An abutment attaches your restoration and implant together while providing a stable foundation for your bite. The abutment may be placed during your initial surgery or at a later date after gum tissue has already healed. A healing abutment may also be placed after the bone has integrated but the gum tissue still requires additional healing.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Once all bone and gum tissue has healed, you’ll receive your permanent restoration. This could be an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the extent of your tooth loss. Our dentists will make sure that your restoration keeps your bite even after placement. If your restoration doesn’t feel right, they’ll make any adjustments necessary to ensure that your bite feels as natural as your new smile looks.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth, which means you’ll gain all the benefits you were used to having prior to your tooth loss. It gives your jaw a stronger biting force, which is one of the first things to diminish after a tooth is lost. It means bone stimulation and better blood flow, which prevents your bone from losing its natural shape and your cheeks from hollowing out. These are both common side effects that neither traditional bridges nor dentures can address.
Furthermore, you’re guaranteed to get the longest-lasting and most reliable solution to your tooth loss. Research on dental implant longevity shows that even after a 10-year period, treatment has a success rate as high as 98 percent when properly maintained. Enjoy your juicy steak or crisp apple without worry of your implants shifting or falling out!
Finally, dental implants offer the most aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing teeth. The crowns are designed to blend in with neighboring teeth (when applicable) and look as natural as possible. This is in large part due to the restorative properties that implants offer, as well as the aesthetic quality of the materials used.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are known for being incredibly versatile. Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire arch, we can give you a long-lasting solution.
Missing One Tooth
An implant-retained crown can create a tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. It consists of three main parts: the implant itself, a custom-made all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The implant will support the crown, and they’ll be connected via the abutment. Because it will share the same structure as your other teeth, it will perfectly blend in with your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing multiple teeth, dental implants can be made to hold a dental bridge. To do this, we attach other prosthetic teeth to implant crowns. This can be done to replace three to four consecutive teeth at a time.
Missing All Teeth
Traditional removable dentures are notorious for not staying in place, particularly those used to restore the bottom teeth. With dental implants, we can finally give you a denture you can trust, whether you are eating, speaking, or simply showing off your smile. Multiple implants will be topped with small connectors that a custom-made denture will simply snap onto.
Additionally, All-On-4 dentures can help you restore your smile in just one appointment! Four strategically placed implants will be positioned within the jaw, and these will be attached to a strong and secure implant denture. Afterward, we’ll work with you to create a more customized denture that perfectly suits your mouth and facial features to maximize comfort and aesthetics.Learn More About Implant Dentures
Mini Dental Implants
In order to get dental implants, a patient needs to have an adequate amount of healthy jawbone in order to support the prosthetic roots. If a patient’s jaw is too thin or brittle to support traditional implants, we can still offer a reliable solution using mini dental implants. The posts are smaller and shorter than traditional implants, but they can still be used to support a denture that has a much better hold than a regular one. As a bonus, they can usually be placed and restored faster than traditional implants because of their size, too.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
When pursuing traditional implants, it’s important to note that your treatment cost may vary widely from everyone else. That’s because the cost of treatment will vary largely depending on your unique needs. For example, those in need of several implants to hold a denture will see a higher cost compared to someone replacing a single tooth with an implant-retained crown.
Dental implants should be considered a long-term investment, especially because they are more cost-effective than replacing a dental bridge every 10 years or a denture every seven to 14 years.
Types of Dental Implants
Some patients only have one tooth missing and thus will get a single implant along with a ceramic crown. Others might be missing two or three teeth in a row that can be replaced by a dental bridge resting on a pair of implants. And still, other patients might be suffering from such extensive tooth loss that their best option is a full set of dentures retained by four to eight implants. Obviously, in each of these cases, the final cost will be heavily influenced by the number of implants needed and the kind of dental prosthetic used.
Stages of Dental Implant Treatment
Getting implants is a process. There’s the actual surgery where the implant is placed, of course, but some patients will also need to get an abutment (a component that attaches the false tooth to the implant) once the gums heal. Additionally, there’s the final step of installing the actual replacement tooth. Each of these procedures will incur their own costs.
In some cases, you might need to get preparatory treatments before you can even get implant surgery. Bone grafts, for example, might be needed if the jawbone isn’t strong enough. Gum disease and tooth decay will also need to be taken care of before moving forward.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Implants are a highly beneficial way to replace any teeth that you’ve lost. They can prevent the bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing, keeping the jaw healthy and strong while avoiding the collapse of facial features that can make you look older. They’re also much more stable and provide chewing power comparable to natural teeth.
While traditional dentures and bridges might seem like less costly options at first, they’ll need to be replaced periodically. Implants, by comparison, can sometimes last the rest of your life with good maintenance (brushing and flossing every day, having regular dental appointments and so on), which means they might ultimately end up costing less than other options!
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
Our practice is in network with a wide range of PPO insurances, and our insurance expert can file your claims and make sure you’re getting the most out of your benefits. Many plans may not cover the dental implants themselves, but they might pay for gum disease therapy or other services related to the implant process. We also work with CareCredit, a third-party financier that can help you break up the cost of your care into manageable monthly installments.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
In order to successfully place dental implants, we need to perform a thorough examination of your jaw. If we find that there isn’t enough bone density around the area with the missing tooth, it might not be possible to move forward with the process. But this doesn’t mean you have to give up on receiving implants; with an advanced procedure such as a bone graft or a sinus lift, we can prepare your jaw for the roots of your new teeth.
A bone graft is normally necessary if you’re getting implants to replace teeth that have already been missing for a while. The longer the jaw goes without the stimulation of chewing, the more it will start to break down. We can use bone grafting to encourage the bone to rebuild itself and reverse the damage.
The key to a bone graft is to take a piece of bone and place it in the jaw, allowing for the growth of new tissue. Normally, the bone is taken from a part of your body (such as the hip); this is known as an autograft. You can also receive an allograft (tissue taken from a cadaver) or a xenograft (tissue taken from an animal). In certain situations, synthetic material might be used instead of natural bone.
Over time, the cells in your jaw bond to the grafted tissue. Eventually, enough new bone will be created for implant surgery to be performed. Keep in mind that it may take several months for enough bone density to be created.
Following a bone graft, you can control any pain you experience with ibuprofen and other medications. You should also apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. Only eat soft foods while your mouth heals and avoid chewing with any of the teeth near the site of the surgery.
Similar to a bone graft, a sinus lift adds bone tissue to the upper jaw in order to regain lost density. However, this procedure can also have another purpose: it moves the sinuses away from the intended implant site. Not every patient will need to have this procedure done; it mainly depends on the anatomy of your mouth.
During a sinus lift, your gums will be opened, and the sinus membrane will be gently pushed up. The selected grafting material will then be packed into the empty space. It will need to be left to heal over the course of about four to nine months before a dental implant can be placed.
Dental Implant FAQs
Given the popularity of dental implants, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the many benefits they provide. But if you still have questions about the procedure, you’re not alone. Our team of experienced dentists at Meadowbrook Dentistry performs the entire procedure from start to finish and has helped countless patients understand the process. Below, you’ll find answers to the questions we hear most often, but feel free to contact us if you have questions that aren’t included here!
Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?
Getting dental implants seems like it would be painful, but the truth is that it’s much easier than most people anticipate. We make your comfort a top priority from beginning to end, and always start by ensuring that you’re fully numb. We also have sedation options available so that even anxious patients feel comfortable and at ease.
Does Dental Implant Surgery Require Time Off?
Much of your initial discomfort will be gone in the first several days and the bulk of the tissue healing will take place in the first week (this is not to be confused with the osseointegration process, which usually takes three to six months). We typically recommend that you take a few days off work or school to rest and recover after your surgery.
Is the Dental Implant Procedure Done in One Office?
At Meadowbrook Dentistry, we’re proud to say that our team has the advanced training and experience to perform the entire procedure right here in our office. You won’t have to find a new dentist and will have the comfort and convenience of continued care with a team you know and trust.
What Are the Chances of Dental Implant Failure?
One of the advantages of dental implants in Plainview is that they have such a high success rate (and low failure rate). In non-smokers, the long-term success rate is around 98%!
How Can Technology Affect Dental Implant Success?
Advanced technology and equipment make a big difference in the quality of the initial implant placement, which subsequently affects its long-term success. For example, we use a CT/Cone Beam scanner to take a highly detailed, three-dimensional image of your teeth and jaws beforehand. This tells us exactly where to place the implant for significantly greater accuracy and precision. Ultimately, it allows us to perform a better-quality procedure from the very beginning.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are a long-term investment because they can last several decades or a lifetime with proper care (i.e., good oral hygiene, regular checkups, etc.) That said, there are some factors that can increase the chance of failure, including:
- Clenching and grinding can put extreme force on an implant and cause it to become mobile or loose over time. However, wearing a protective nightguard can prevent this.
- Using tobacco
- Advanced, untreated gum disease puts both natural teeth and implants at risk. It destroys the gums and underlying bone that support an implant and keep it in place.
Fortunately, failure is relatively quite rare. By caring for your implant and overall oral health, you’ll have a great chance of enjoying your implant for life.
As a dentist in Plainview with years of experience placing implants, our patients often say that they’re so thrilled with their replacement teeth that their only regret is not having it done sooner!
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is their potential to last for decades to come. With other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures, you have to get them replaced every five to 10 years. Implants, on the other hand, save you time and money in the long run by lasting significantly longer. Of course, in order to ensure your new smile lasts a lifetime, you have to take proper care of your dental implants in Plainview. Here are a view easy tips for making that happen.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Just because your implants are impervious to tooth decay doesn’t mean oral hygiene isn’t still important. Your gums that house the implant could become infected by a form of gum disease called peri-implantitis, which could compromise your implant. Failing to clear away plaque around the implant site could contribute to this infection.
To avoid this problem, brush your implant restoration twice daily and floss at least once a day. Use a nonabrasive toothpaste (it helps to avoid whitening ones, as they won’t work on your restoration anyway) and a toothbrush with soft bristles. If you’re having trouble flossing around your restoration, you may need to use a water flosser or an interdental brush to clean out the area. Also, if you’re not already rinsing with mouthwash, add that to your routine. It can help kill germs in parts of your mouth that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach.
Protect Your Dental Implants
If you play football or some other contact sport, you run the risk of suffering injuries to your mouth that could damage your implant to the point that it needs to be removed. To drastically reduce this risk of this occurring, you should wear a mouthguard during such physical activity. While you can purchase cheap mouthguards at the drugstore or sporting goods store, you’ll gain more protection by asking for a custom-made one from our office.
Clenching or grinding your teeth can also negatively impact your implants. You can often control these habits during the day, but many patients involuntarily grind their teeth while sleeping, a condition known as bruxism. Wearing a personalized nightguard can provide a cushion between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep, protecting your implant and remaining teeth from damage.
Lastly, be cognizant of how you’re using your teeth in your daily life. Try your best to avoid harmful oral habits like chewing on ice, biting your fingernails, or using your teeth to open packaging.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Of course, no oral healthcare routine would be complete without regular checkups and cleanings with us here at Meadowbrook Dentistry! In addition to the preventive services that you would normally receive at these appointments, we’ll make sure your implants are in proper working order. We’ll check for issues like bone loss or looseness; the earlier we detect these problems, the easier they are to treat. It’s highly recommended that you attend one of these visits twice a year, or every six months. If it has been a while since your last checkup, contact us to schedule one with a dentist in Plainview today!