If you are looking for a permanent, durable, and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth, dental implants may be the solution. At other dental practices, you often have to visit a different location to receive your restorations. However, at Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, our dentists offer comprehensive dental implant surgery at our Franklin Square, NY, office, including both implant placement and restoration.
The placement of dental implants involves a simple outpatient surgery. In some cases, you may also require a second surgery in which the dentist will attach abutment pieces and restorations to the implants. In other cases, we may recommend preparatory bone grafting prior to implant placement. Regardless of the specific procedures you require, when your implants are placed by an experienced and talented dentist such as Dr. Sultan Salem, you are much more likely to enjoy beautful results that last a lifetime.
If you are going to receive dental implants, it is important that you have treated existing gum disease and that you have a strong, healthy jawbone. Unfortunately, tooth loss often leads to bone recession, which, in turn, can affect your candidacy for implant treatment.
Bone grafting can replace lost tissue, providing a stable base for your restoration. First, your dentist will take digital x-rays of your jaw to look for areas where bone has begun to recede. Then he can build up those areas using your own bone tissue or another compatible material.
Typically, you will need to wait between four and six months for your jaw to heal before you undergo implant surgery following a bone graft.
Implant Procedure and Recovery
Before placing your implants, your dentist will examine your x-rays to determine the most suitable areas to place the posts. Then he will create small incisions in your gums through which he will place the implants in the jawbone.
Your comfort is our priority, and we pride ourselves on delivering restorations that will keep you smiling for a lifetime.
Healing from implant surgery usually takes between four and six months. During this time, a process called “osseointegration” will occur. Your jawbone will fuse with the posts so that the implants become a part of your anatomy, providing unrivaled support. The implants will also replace tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone to prevent bone loss.
In most cases, you will need a second surgery after you have healed: at this time, your dentist will attach abutment pieces to the implants, which will keep your crown, bridge, or denture affixed. In some cases, we can provide a temporary same-day restoration at the time of implant surgery. After you have healed, we will remove it and attach a permanent prosthetic.
- Nitrous oxide
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
The best sedation option for you will depend on your level of dental anxiety, your overall health, and the extent of your procedure. For example, if you are quite nervous, or if you are going to receive implant-supported dentures on both arches, you may benefit from deeper IV sedation.
In all cases, we provide local anesthesia and we use gentle techniques for minimal discomfort.
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To learn more about what you can expect during dental implant surgery, contact Smiles on Broadway Dental Care today. Your comfort is our priority, and we pride ourselves on delivering restorations that will keep you smiling for a lifetime.