If you’re missing multiple teeth, you already understand the many negative effects it has on your life. You likely have to exercise caution while biting into and chewing food, and you may have trouble articulating certain sounds. You probably also hide your smile and try to avoid being photographed. You shouldn’t have to live like this.
Cosmetic dentists often recommend dental implants for people who have missing teeth. You can replace just one natural tooth with an implant, or you can replace multiple missing teeth. Every patient’s needs are different, however. So, it’s important to consult a cosmetic dentist who has extensive experience with dental implants.
If you’re missing two, three, or even four teeth, your dentist might recommend placing the implants all at once. This approach allows you to avoid having to go through multiple surgeries and multiple recovery periods. You’ll also end up taking less time off from work, and you’ll require less pain medication.
Note that even if you’re missing four or more teeth, you might need fewer dental implants than this. If you have adjacent gaps in your smile, your dentist may recommend restoring your smile with a dental implant-supported bridge. For example, your dentist might implant two posts into your jaw and secure a bridge to them. The bridge will be large enough to completely fill in the gaps in your smile.
A similar technique can be used to fill in a complete arch of missing teeth. If you’re missing all of the teeth on your lower or upper arch, or if you expect to have the remaining teeth extracted, your dentist can use the All on Four or All on Six methods. This involves placing either four or six implants spaced throughout the arch. These implants then support a permanently anchored bridge that restores your entire smile.
Only your dentist will be able to determine if you’re a good candidate for multiple dental implants. Your dentist will do a thorough oral examination and take some x-rays. It’s important that you have enough bone density to support multiple implants. However, even if you lack sufficient bone mass, you may be able to undergo a bone grafting procedure, which can enable you to receive implants.
Good candidates are also those who are free from oral diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. If you currently smoke, you will need to quit smoking before receiving implants. Smoking increases the risk of complications during oral surgery, and it also significantly raises the risk of failure of the implants.
Every patient requires a customized treatment plan that takes into consideration their oral health status and lifestyle. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, each patient works one-on-one with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot to develop a treatment plan that fits their unique needs.
If you have multiple missing teeth, we can place multiple dental implants during the same appointment. We also offer same-day implants so you can begin enjoying your new smile right away! Contact us today to request a consultation in Huntington, Long Island.
Dental implants are a much more comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to dentures and bridges. This is because instead of loosely adhering to your gums or being held in place by surrounding teeth using unsightly metal brackets, dental implants are fused directly into your jawbone, mimicking important functions of your natural teeth, such as secure fitting and jawbone stimulation.
While implants are by far the superior tooth replacement option, securing each individual tooth can sound time-consuming and painful for those who are missing several or all of their teeth. Thankfully, replacing large amounts of teeth doesn’t require individual implants.
The ratio of teeth to implants depends on what your dental needs are. If you are missing several teeth in various places, you may need individual implants to support those teeth. However, if you are missing a row of teeth, two dental implants can form a bridge to support up to five or six new teeth. This makes large replacements less intimidating for patients.
In instances of patients missing all of their teeth, either along the bottom jaw or top jaw, they can replace an entire arch of teeth on as little as four implants. This new implant technology not only helps to lower costs and reduce surgical needs, but it also provides patients with a complete and permanent smile in as little one dental visit.
If you already suffer from missing teeth, you’ve probably experienced the embarrassment and discomfort of shifting dentures and wonder if four implants are sufficient enough to hold your new teeth firmly in place. You can rest assured though that they are.
All-On-4®, or same-day dental implants, have an extremely high success rate. They will stay firmly and comfortably adhered to your jawline through years of biting, chewing, talking, kissing, laughing, smiling and more. All-On-4® works by implanting posts in a more bone-dense area of your jaw, the anterior maxilla, and positioning them at an angle so that your prosthetics are secured both in the front and back.
This allows for balanced support throughout your mouth. It also makes a complete arch replacement possible for patients who have suffered a significant reduction in jawbone density and cannot or don’t want to undergo the long process of bone grafting.
In some instances, patients may need more support than the All-on-4® procedure or may benefit in other ways from having two additional posts. In this case, your dental surgeon will explain the difference between the two procedures as well as their expert recommendation on which will work better for your dental needs. The best way to know what your implant needs are is by scheduling an appointment with a dental team specialized in implants and cosmetic dentistry.
If you are missing multiple teeth or suffer from damaged and decaying teeth you’d like replaced, you don’t have to wait. Dental implants are becoming more common each year and are almost always the preferred choice for tooth replacement. Plus, with today’s technology, surgery times are minimal, recoveries are quicker, and results are better than ever. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with our LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry team to discuss dental implants with experienced Huntington, LI dentists.
From accidents and sports injuries to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or just plain genetics— whatever your reason for a missing front tooth– you don’t have to live with an embarrassing gap in your smile.
Yes. When a tooth becomes damaged or missing, especially a tooth that plays such a prominent role in your smile, the desire to fix this, of course, is very strong. There are different ways that a person can fill the gap, such as using a denture or bridge. However, the most preferred and more permanent solution is to replace the tooth with a dental implant.
Unlike dentures or bridges that are temporary solutions because they may become loose or fall out during wear– a single-tooth dental implant is designed to look, feel, and act exactly like a real tooth– straight down to the root.
The tooth portion of the implant is typically constructed with porcelain, an extremely strong and resilient material that mimics the natural gloss and transparency of teeth. The tooth is then sculpted so that it is a perfect match. This assures that it feels comfortable and natural when you talk, chew, laugh or smile.
Lastly, the tooth-like porcelain is tinted to match the color of your other teeth. With these features, your customized implant will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile, making it nearly impossible for anyone to tell you’ve had a replacement.
Arguably, one of the most valuable features of an implant, though, is how it is secured. Using surgical-grade titanium rods, the implant is anchored directly into your jawbone. This not only makes for a secure fit that will never shift or fall out, but it also mimics a tooth’s natural root. The titanium rod isn’t visible after surgery but will stimulate your jawbone, encouraging the growth of new bone mass, and maintaining a healthy mouth. This helps to prevent unsightly and unhealthy bone loss.
Some patients worry about the up-front cost of a dental implant. However, when you calculate the cost of replacing more temporary replacement options, you will see that a single-tooth implant provides a lifetime of value. Plus, there is also the added confidence and happiness that comes with a beautiful and healthy smile.
It is also possible that your dental insurance may cover all or a portion of your procedure, and at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer many of our patients financing options that allow them to spread the cost out into reasonable payment plans.
The best way to find out if you are eligible for an implant– is to talk to an experienced dental and surgical team. At LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we specialize in helping patients achieve beautiful, natural-looking smiles they are proud of. Schedule an appointment with us today to see how we can help you recover from your missing front tooth.
You may be one of the 36 million Americans without any teeth, or one of 120 million people who are missing at least one tooth. For many, dentures have been a way to keep their facial muscles intact and give them the ability to speak and eat.
Yet for many, wearing dentures – whether conventional or partial – can be a hassle. Constantly cleaning them, restricting what kinds of foods you eat, and dealing with gels and other applicators can get tedious and tiresome after a while. Enough is enough.
You may be ready to ditch your dentures, but what alternative options are there to ensure your smile is still beautiful and your oral health is still top-of-mind? Here are three upgrades to dentures you should consider, because there’s no need to go through life with missing teeth.
When someone has lost all or most of their teeth, overdentures may be used. Overdentures are held in place by remaining teeth – and in some cases, dental implants – to ensure stability and strength. Since the overdenture is securely held in place, it stimulates the jawbone to keep it healthy and prevent future bone loss.
A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns on either side of a gap with false teeth in between. There are three main types of dental bridges available depending on your needs, traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. In most cases, preparation involves recontouring teeth and removing enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them, before placing a porcelain or metal bridge to fit the framework with the shape of your mouth and teeth.
The most common and effective alternative to dentures is dental implants. If you have healthy gums and jawbones, you may benefit from dental implants. Dental implants are long-lasting and irremovable replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone.
With proper care, these implants can last upwards of 20 years. While dental implants can be a solution for someone who is missing one tooth, it is also a solution for those missing a full arch due to the latest advances in treatment. Dental implants can be placed over the course of months, or with same-day applications.
You can also use the All-on-Four® or All-on-Six® technique to surgically implant a full arch of teeth at once. That means only four implants for the entire bottom row, or eight implants for a full set of new teeth.
Before you make any decision, have a discussion with your Huntington, Long Island dental professional. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry put patients first, and are committed to providing the utmost care to you and your oral health. When you schedule a one-on-one consultation, they can help you determine whether dental implants or another denture alternative treatment is right for you.
Ditch your dentures, and explore the options with Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling our South Huntington office today.
One of the biggest fears patients have before opting for dental implants is that the end result will look unnatural and their new tooth will stick out amongst their other teeth. However, with today’s innovative technology and with a highly-experienced dental team, this should be the least of your concerns.
Dental implants are specifically designed to mimic (and improve) the look of your natural teeth, including the coloring. We’ll never implant a crown that is too white or too dark compared to the rest of your teeth. Once the procedure is completed, even you may have a hard time identifying which tooth is the implant.
Creating a natural-looking replacement to your damaged, broken, or missing tooth starts with a strong, durable material that mimics the same look and texture of natural teeth. For this, we often utilize porcelain. Porcelain not only holds up to the daily stress we put on our teeth, promising years’ worth of use, but it also shares with our natural teeth a hard-to-replicate translucent appearance.
The next step is to “tint” the porcelain crown to give it a shade closer to the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will place a card with varying color shades next to your teeth to determine which looks most natural against your smile. This should always be done in natural lighting or under warm-toned bulbs to ensure colors aren’t be washed out in harsh lighting. You shouldn’t be surprised if they ask for a second opinion. Everyone experiences colors slightly differently, so having confirmation from another source can help guarantee a closer match.
Another characteristic that porcelain crowns share with your natural teeth is that they can become stained over time with a lack of proper dental care and excessive intake of coffee, tea, or red wines. This makes it important to care for your crowns (and your other teeth) to avoid any unsightly discolorations. If your teeth are already discolored, you may choose to undergo teeth whitening prior to implanting your permanent crown.
Many dentists view dental implant procedures to be a form of art. This is because no two sets of teeth are alike, and while it requires advanced technology and technical procedures, it also requires a good eye for blending implants with your other teeth.
Your dentist will use digital or physical impressions of your mouth to match grooves and ridges so that it fits the look of your mouth. This also helps with creating a more comfortable bite that feels as natural as it looks. While most of the customization will be done in the lab, it isn’t uncommon for a dentist to perform some last-minute shaving and shaping during your fitting. And of course, if you or your dentist aren’t happy with the end result, it can always be sent back to the lab for fixing.
Learn more about how our Long Island dental team can fit you with strong, beautiful, and natural-looking teeth by scheduling a consultation. We’ll walk you through the whole procedure and let you know exactly what you can expect from your new smile.
If you have missing teeth or wear dentures, you may feel uncomfortable and self-conscious about your smile and the overall health of your mouth. If you leave your mouth and missing teeth neglected or untreated, these gaps in your smile can lead to shifts in the teeth, gum disease, and a deterioration of facial and bone structure.
As a result, many people are turning to dental implants as a solution because these modern advancements are a secure, stable and long-term alternative for tooth replacement. Not only do dental implants help to preserve the health of your mouth, they also restore function for chewing and speaking. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of them.
There are many kinds of implants available, and treatments can vary in length from same-day to over the course of several months. Your Huntington, Long Island dental professional will help you decide on the procedure that is right for you depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, your overall health, the quantity and quality of the jawbone, and your preferences for treatment.
In a traditional treatment, the implant process typically happens in three phases. First, the damaged tooth is fully removed, grafting is done when needed and the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. As it heals, a process called osseointegration, the bone grows around and fuses with the implant to hold it in place and make the implant stronger. This process can take between three and six months before the integration is complete. Finally, once there is sufficient integration, the permanent tooth or teeth is positioned on to the implant.
Depending on your specific needs, your Huntington, Long Island dentist may recommend alternative options in addition to the traditional process. Same-day dental implants allow placement of a temporary tooth during the same appointment as the implant, if your bone is strong enough to support immediate placement.
Our dentists also offer a revolutionary technique that allows for All on 4® or All on Six® treatments, which are recommended when an entire set of top or bottom teeth – a full arch – needs replacing. These multiple implants anchor prosthetic teeth in place and offer a long-lasting, stable alternative to traditional dentures. With implants you don’t have to worry about all the hassles of cleaning and food restrictions that are associated with dentures and dental plates.
Because of the many advances in dental implant technology, nearly 100 percent of all treatments are successful. Yet to keep your dental work and remaining natural teeth healthy, it’s important to continue to care for them. Practicing good oral hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly and avoiding bad habits can also help to ensure your teeth are strong and in healthy condition.
The Huntington dentists of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offer a patient-centric approach to oral health and aesthetic improvement. Whether you’re looking to replace one or multiple teeth or want to make your smile completely transform, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are here to help. Call our Huntington, LI office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation today.
People can experience tooth loss for a variety of reasons, and restoring confidence and appearance are obvious goals when seeking dentistry with a bridge or partial dentures. Both appliances can make eating, talking and smiling much more comfortable. They both bridge spaces, improve your ability to chew and speak and prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment. So how do you decide which is a better tooth replacement option?
A dental bridge can span the gap of one or more missing teeth and is made up of porcelain or ceramic restorations that are either cemented to your teeth (permanent) or anchored with metal clips (removable). Bridges, due to their design, are usually recommended to patients who have a few lost teeth within proximity to one another. Both fixed and removable dental bridges offer various advantages, such as:
Advantages of partial dentures
Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple missing teeth and are often recommended for patients who have lost teeth on both sides of the mouth. Removable partial dentures usually have clasps that wrap around healthy neighboring teeth to keep them secure. These clasps can be made of a resin material, or they may be part of a larger metal framework.
Some of the key benefits of partial dentures include:
Dental implants are another solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. These restorations correct the same issues addressed by bridges and partial dentures and are renowned for their durability and natural appearance. A titanium screw replaces a tooth’s root and anchors the implant securely in place. The abutment is topped with a crown that is custom made to mimic the hue, color, and shape of the original tooth. Implants are not attached to neighboring teeth and can last for several decades as long as patients maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. While the initial investment is higher, implants offer an excellent aesthetic result and do not need replacing every so often, thus reducing ongoing maintenance costs.
Today’s patients have multiple options for replacing damaged and missing teeth. There are unique advantages to partial dentures, bridges and dental implants, all of which will be discussed when assessing the best approach for your needs.
At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington Station, we can help you find an approach that will keep you smiling for years to come. This solution will hinge on several factors, including the location and number of missing teeth, your oral health, aesthetic goals, and budgetary concerns. Keep in mind that we accept most dental insurance plans and offer flexible financing options.
Get started by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Huntington, LI dentists today. Call today to request an appointment.
Dental implants generally last for many decades, if not a lifetime, though their longevity varies depending on a number of factors, including the patient’s dental health and age.
Dental implants are the most natural-looking teeth replacement option today. This type of restoration consists of a post made from titanium or zirconia – two of the strongest materials on the planet – which replaces the missing tooth root. An abutment holds an artificial crown made of porcelain, a superior type of ceramic that acts as a protective enamel.
The survival rate of implants depends upon a number of unique individual factors:
Dental habits can go a long way in maintaining your dental implants. Brushing, flossing, water-picking, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash daily, along with visiting a dental hygienist at least twice a year, will ensure that your new teeth last for many years to come. Try to avoid grinding your teeth, chewing ice, or eating sticky, chewy, rock-solid foods and candies. You’ll want to avoid sustaining a hit to the face in contact sports or smoking if you wish for your implants to last as long as possible.
People who smoke, have diabetes, suffer from cancer, have periodontal disease, or lack adequate jaw bone density are at greater risk of premature implant loss. If you suffer from gum inflammation, tooth loosening, severe pain, or have difficulty chewing, your implant may be failing. Most people are unaware that an implant is failing until they visit the dentist for a routine checkup.
When a failure occurs, you need an experienced dental team on your side to repair the damage. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry services patients with old or faulty implants, restoring the mouth with brand new, long-lasting teeth that are as strong as the originals. In many cases, we can get you fitted with new dental implants in just one visit! Through Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot’s sensitive approach that includes sedation dentistry, you will have nothing to worry about in seeking the finest possible dental implants in Huntington Station, Long Island.
Contact our customer care team to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss implants and other cosmetic options with Huntington, LI dentists.
Teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, but because of oral diseases and physical trauma, they often don’t. Dental implants are an excellent choice for people who are facing tooth loss. Unlike dentures, dental implants are anchored within the jawbone itself. This provides stability for the crown, which is the visible, white part of the implant that looks like a natural tooth. It also helps preserve the jawbone density, since every time you chew food the stimulation triggers the strengthening of the bone underneath.
When you receive dental implants, your cosmetic dentist will tell you everything you need to know about caring for them properly. Maintaining good oral health habits will help your dental implants, as well as your remaining natural teeth, last for as long as possible.
The good news is that dental implants cannot get cavities or tooth decay like natural teeth can. However, failing to take care of them properly can still make them fail prematurely due to other health complications.
Normally, a tooth will develop cavities when plaque isn’t removed from the surface. Plaque is a sticky substance comprised of bacteria. It readily adheres to the surface of the teeth. Bacteria release acid byproducts, which eats away at the enamel on the top-most layer of the tooth. As the enamel on the surface of a tooth is worn away, tooth decay develops. The bacteria can invade beneath the surface of the tooth, causing worsening damage unless a dentist detects the cavity and treats it.
Dental implants are not made of enamel. The crown, which is the only visible part above the gum line, is made of porcelain. Because of this, it’s impossible for the acids to wear away the surface.
Although dental implants can’t get cavities, it’s still very important to take good care of your oral hygiene—even if all of your natural teeth have been replaced by implants. This is because the bacteria can still adhere to the crowns, including the sensitive area along the gum line. An infection of the gum tissue is called gum disease.
Gum disease starts with gingivitis, which causes the gums to become reddened, puffy, and inflamed. They also become sensitive, and they may bleed when you brush or floss. You might also notice bad breath. The longer gum disease goes untreated, the worse it gets. As gingivitis progresses to advanced periodontitis, the underlying jaw structures sustain damage. Without treatment, gum disease can cause the failure of your dental implants.
To take good care of your oral health, brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at least once daily and see your dentist every six months or as recommended.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are experts in working with patients who suffer from tooth loss. It’s the mission of our practice to help each patient enjoy the beautiful and complete smile they deserve. If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, or you’ve been told that you will need a tooth extraction, you can come talk to our implant dentists about your options.
Call to schedule a consultation for dental implants in Huntington, LI and find out if you could be a good candidate for a smile restoration.
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There can be a lot of misconceptions that swirl around dental implants. Many times, this prevents patients from exploring their treatment options and instead choosing to live with missing teeth and a smile they’re embarrassed about. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, don’t let these myths keep you from smiling.
Learn the truth behind the six most common myths about dental implants:
Younger patients don’t need to feel embarrassed about getting dental implants. Tooth loss can happen at any age, and there are many factors that can play a role, including trauma, infection, gum disease, genetics, and illnesses. Any patient with a fully-matured jaw, which typically occurs around 18 or 20 years of age, can take advantage of dental implants and have a smile they love.
Many people think that dental implants are an unobtainable dream, but you’d be surprised by how affordable they can be. There are a variety of financing and payment plan options available, so you don’t have to wait to start feeling better about your smile. Plus, in some cases, dental insurance may even cover some of the cost of your procedure, greatly reducing your out-of-pocket expenses.
Throughout the process, some patients will feel a bit of pressure and discomfort, but they should never experience pain. The surgery area is completely numbed before beginning work, and in some cases, patients may even undergo partial or complete sedation. Patients may continue to feel a bit of an ache after the procedure, as well as pressure and swelling, but after this manageable and temporary discomfort passes, you will get to enjoy life with a permanent, beautiful, and full smile.
Each dental implant is specially built for your mouth to give you a completely natural-looking set of teeth. Your dental team will discuss different options and will carefully match the coloring and structure of any existing teeth. With the way dental implants are so expertly craft, no one will ever know you have implants unless you tell them. Plus, because they’re permanently fixed, unlike bridges or dentures, you won’t have to go through embarrassing moments of removing your teeth.
The best part about choosing implants is that they’re as easy to care for as natural teeth. In fact, they are actually stronger and more resistant to stain, which can help you keep perfectly bright and solid teeth longer. To care for your dental implants, simply brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss each day, and keep up on regular dental cleanings and oral exams.
Perhaps one of the most shocking discoveries new patients make is just how many people are getting (or are prime candidates for) dental implants. Roughly 5 million people are receiving dental implants each year, and there are still an estimated 178 million missing at least one tooth and 30 million missing all of them on either the upper or lower jaw. You aren’t alone in your quest for a beautiful smile and don’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed.
If you are hiding your smile due to missing teeth, don’t wait to uncover the truth about dental implants and how they can positively impact your life. Schedule a consultation with our team at LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry and see how we can help you.
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