Your teeth do a lot for you every day. When you lose them, all of the essential jobs they perform are affected. Chewing becomes a challenge. It's harder for people to understand you when you speak. Moreover, of course, your smile is impacted. On top of all of this, your jawbone weakens and starts to change shape, which can cause adjacent teeth to shift and your face to age beyond your years. Dentures have been the treatment of choice for many decades, but at National Dental Douglaston, we can provide you with an alternative - dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are the latest option available for replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures (both complete and partial), and bridges, implants require a surgical procedure. Small, titanium rods are inserted into your jawbone. Your jawbone fuses with the rods as the surgical sites heal, and the implants essentially become "roots" that support your new teeth. This is also a unique attribute to implants, as other forms of replacement rely on your gums, or your remaining healthy teeth, for support.
Are There Different Types of Implants?Everyone's needs are different. You may have lost one tooth, or you may have lost several consecutive teeth in different areas of the mouth. Alternatively, you may have lost all of your teeth. There are several different types of dental implants, all designed to meet the specific needs of each patient:
Placing Your Dental ImplantsImplants are placed with the help of a surgical procedure. After a local anesthetic is administered, incisions are made in your gums. Holes are drilled into your jawbone, and the implants placed. Your gums are stitched closed, leaving a small portion of the rods exposed.
Depending upon your procedure, it can take several weeks to several months for you to heal, during which time we monitor your progress. When you have healed, abutments are placed on the implants, and we take impressions of your mouth. The impressions are used to design and fabricate your custom replacement teeth. Once ready, they are affixed permanently in place.
What are the Benefits of Implants?There are several benefits associated with implants:
If you are missing teeth, implants may be an option for you. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882!