Dental Implants

Dental Implants Garden City Long Island NY

Dental implants are ideal to replace broken or damaged teeth. Be advised that these dental implants can be a costly as well as lengthy procedure but the end results are truly worth it!

Dental Implant Garden City NY

Dental implants can be explained as follows: If you know what an anchor is and how it is used to hold a picture on a wall, then you can understand how a dental implant, a sophisticated screw, can be used to hold a tooth in your jaw.

Typically, dental implants (excluding the actual restoration) have a starting cost around between $1500 – $2000 dollars for each tooth. If you have dentures, bridges, broken or damaged teeth dental implants could be a great investment for your smile. This procedure has very low failure rates. If a failure was to occur, chances are that there was an undetected bacterial infection during the install of the implant, inadequate bone to support the implant or operator error. With all of these possibilities dental implants have success rates in the high 90 percent range. Truly a great alternative to removable dentures or no teeth at all.

Dental Implant Time Frame

Timeframes needed to complete the dental implant procedure have a few contributing factors. One such factor is state of the jawbone. If the doctor needs more jawbone to work with, bone grafting may be required. This process must be completed and healed before the dental implant can be installed.

Osseointegration is a process where a titanium post is screwed into the jawbone much like placing a screw in a wall. This must be left for 3-6 months so that the bone can fuse around it. The length of time depends on whether the implant is placed in the upper jaw (6 mos. healing) or the lower jaw (3-4 mos. healing)

Once the healing has completed, the doctor will make a cast of the mouth. Then a custom made abutment and a ceramic tooth will be made to match the existing shape and color of the teeth.

How Are They Done?

Dental ImplantsBefore an implant can be placed we will need to do a thorough diagnosis and treatment planning. This normally involves a full series of x-rays, a panoramic x-ray, possibly a dental CtScan, study cast impressions and a clinical examination. Once it has been decided that an implant is the treatment of choice, an incision is made in the gum and an implant, shaped much like a screw, is placed in the jaw bone.

Approximately 3 – 6 months later the implant which has been submerged below the gum, will have integrated into bone (Osseointegration is the name of the process) and will be uncovered. Either a temporary cap or a healing cap will be placed at that time. We will also takes impressions for the final restoration.

Approximately one – two weeks later a finished crown (cap) will be placed. These caps are NEVER permanently cemented but rather they are inserted with a transitional cement so that in case there is ever a need we can get back to the implant.

Is it Painful?

Normally the procedure is no more uncomfortable than minor gum surgery. You may experience some small amount of swelling or some other normal result of surgery. These situations can normally be easily managed with simple analgesics.

How long does it take for them to work?

Implants placed in the upper jaw need about 6 – 8 months to heal due to the relatively soft nature of upper jaw bone. Lower jaw implants need only 3-4 months to heal due to the more dense nature of lower jaw bone.

What is the success rates?

Success rates obviously vary from individual to individual and even within the same person relative to the type of bone, location and general health of the individual. Smoking is a definite problem when implant healing is concerned. Osseointegration, the latest form of implant placement, has been done for over twenty years and boasts very high success rates in healthy, non-smoking patients.

Should you have any additional questions please either email or call. We will be happy to help in any way we can to assist you in making the appropriate treatment decision.

Am I A Candidate?

Today there are relatively few contraindications to implant placement. Some of these include uncontrolled diabetes, blood dyscrasias (bleeding problems), autoimmune diseases and smoking. Smokers tend to have poor healing ability and therefore it is preferred that implant patients be non-smokers. For other contraindications we will need to discuss this further during your pre-treatment consultation.

Cost Of Dental Implants

Call Today For A Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation. Includes a Free Panoramic X-ray.


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