North Shore Prosthodontic Associates offers Dental Implants at our 3 convenient New York locations. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call:
Manhasset, NY office at 516-482-5416
Woodbury, NY office at 516-364-2333
New York, NY office at 516-482-6198
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are one of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth. Not only are they beautifully matched and blended to fit in with the rest of your smile, but they also function just like the real thing.
These implants involve an artificial “root” that is made out of titanium and implanted into the jaw bone. Once it fuses together creating a sturdy support, an abutment is used to connect a dental crown that looks and acts like a natural tooth.
Dental implants can come in many different forms, including:
- Single-tooth implants
- Implant-supported bridge
- Implant-supported dentures
- Full arch with only 4 implants
Each provides a permanent solution to the side effects of missing teeth.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants, which are placed in the jawbone, are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium. The anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.
Guided Implant Placement
Using CBCT scans and restorative virtual treatment planning, along with specialized training, we are able to provide guided implant placement for our patients.
Using a virtual 3-D model or a physical model, implant placements and the following restorative work can be simulated to create the ideal patient treatment plan. These virtual plans allow the doctor to take multiple aspects of implant placement and restoration into consideration, resulting in optimal aesthetics, function and longevity for the patient’s final restoration. Working with a 3-D model also allows the patient to better understand the procedures and visualize the end result.
Once planning is complete, specialized software can be used to create a surgical guide for use during implant placement. This guide directs the exact location, angle and depth of the implant placement. The use of the guide increases the accuracy, efficiency, safety and predictability of the procedure.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. The bridge replaces multiple adjacent missing teeth without the use of a denture. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for the patient’s natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures can be either fixed or removable. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night.
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can also help prevent future bone loss.
Full Arch with Only 4 Implants
This procedure is a unique implant solution that allows patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth to replace a full arch of teeth using only 4 implants as “anchors”.
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures. Patients can often leave the same day with a full arch of teeth, reducing both overall cost and healing time for the patient.
Dental implant placement can help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can also help prevent future bone loss.
With this implant supported full arch, there is no plate covering the roof of the mouth, so speaking and eating are more natural and comfortable than with a traditional denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are not only used for cosmetic purposes, but they bring a lot of benefits – some more obvious than others.
- Create a functional, normal bite force.
- Prevent jaw bone loss.
- Easily maintained and cared for.
- Not susceptible to dental issues.
- Keep a healthy facial structure.
- Boost confidence.
- Tooth alternative with longevity.
- Matches and blends with natural teeth.
- Improve overall systemic health
Because they look so real nobody will even know you have an implant!
Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?
If you have lost a tooth or you are having one extracted, you may want to consider dental implants. How can you tell if you are a good candidate for them? Below you will find a list of the most common things your dentist will look for.
- Strong jaw bone that will be able to sustain the support of the implant.
- Stellar oral health and oral hygiene.
- No underlying medical conditions that may impact healing.
- Patience due to the long process required for implants.
- Healthy gums free from periodontal disease.
Why Choose North Shore Prosthodontic Associates?
Our highly skilled and experienced prosthodontists at North Shore Prosthodontic Associates are your best choice for dental implants. After all, if you want them to last a lifetime, the quality of work put into the procedure is as important as the quality of the implant itself. We strive to reach successful results for our patients and use technology as a tool to make sure the implant is perfectly placed and that it feels and functions beautifully. Prosthodontists receive extensive training in the restoration and sometimes placement of dental implants.
Implants can be incredible when done right – so you always want to seek out the experts. For those missing one tooth or multiple teeth, our team is here for you.
Read Dr. Tuminelli’s recent publication, Prosthetically driven zygomatic implant therapy, in the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) Messenger magazine.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
Patience is needed with the dental implant process as it can take quite a while to fully complete. Depending on your situation, an extraction or bone grafting may be necessary. Each one of these procedures will have to heal before moving on to the next phase. Once implanted, the titanium root has to fuse before you can move forward. And, then you need to have the dental crown placed.
All in all, dental implants can take anywhere from 2 – 3 months to a year to be fully complete. Generally, though, count on the process taking several months.
What are the disadvantages of dental implants?
There are no real disadvantages to dental implants as they are the top-of-the-line solution to replacing missing teeth. However, they do tend to cost more than other replacement options which may be seen as a disadvantage.
Are dental implants worth it?
Despite the high cost of dental implants, they are most definitely worth it. They can offer support to surrounding teeth, as well as prevent jaw bone deterioration. Plus, they look and function like real teeth, too.