What is a dental implant?
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a top choice for tooth replacement. Dental implants replace the root of your tooth with a titanium post, providing a base for a new tooth or entire full smile. They’re like real teeth in appearance, function and feel. A great alternative to dentures, bridges and crowns, implants don’t slip or move and can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
- The Implant: The screw that is placed in the jawbone and serves as an artificial root for the new teeth.
- The Abutment: The post that is screwed into the implant that holds the new tooth.
- The Crown: The new tooth that sits on the implant abutment
What is All On Four
What is All On Four?
The All-On-Four solution is for those who require full upper or lower tooth replacement. Your surgeon at ProHEALTH Dental will place just four implants and then attach a full upper and/or lower arch of teeth to the four anchored implants.
The ProHEALTH Dental All-on-Four Experience
ProHEALTH Dental’s experienced team is dedicated to serving our patients and providing them with beautiful smiles. We are highly experienced in All-On-Four dental implants and able to place your new teeth and implants on the same day. The initial set of teeth will be temporary until the jaw fully heals
and they are replaced with your permanent, customized smile within a few weeks. The process at ProHEALTH Dental is virtually painless – you will leave our office feeling natural and confident again.
How To Decide if All-on-Four is Right For You
If you are considering whether All-On-Four is right for you, we invite you to take advantage of our free consultation to learn more about your individual needs. We can assist you in creating a personalized treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable throughout the dental implant process and make the right decision with you. For that reason, we provide a dedicated treatment coordinator to help you throughout the entire process.
Why choose a dental implant?
Dental implants provide a solution for missing or decayed teeth and restore beautiful, healthy smiles. Your dental implants are a lifelong solution. They restore confidence, improve appearance and allow you to enjoy life again the way you would with natural teeth. No need to worry about slipping teeth or embarrassing mishaps. Dental implants don’t decay or wear away at the jawbone, thereby preserving patients’ youthful appearance.
Can’t I just get a denture?
Dental implants have become a popular alternative to dentures for many reasons including cost, overall dental healthand the three F’s (fit, function & freedom). The advantages of dental implants are much greater than just the cosmetic appeal.
Comparing Dentures to Dental Implants
- Dental implants preserve and even stimulate remaining jawbone. Dentures lead to further deterioration.
- Dental implants feel like natural teeth and are strong and securely attached to the jaw. Dentures feel unnatural and can slip, causing discomfort and often requiring adhesives.
- Dental implants allow individuals the ability to eat whatever they choose. Those who wear dentures should steer away from certain foods.
- Dental implants are maintained just as natural teeth would be. Dentures need to be removed regularly for cleaning.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime, while dentures eventually must be remade, refit, or relined.
While dentures may seem to be the less expensive option initially, long-term, dental implants are actually very cost-effective. Dentures require the continued purchase of fixatives, cleaning solutions, and eventually, replacement every 7-15 years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are a lifetime investment. Financing options are also available for your new dental implants.
Preventing Jawbone & Structure Loss
Dentures can wear away at the jawbone, causing deterioration. Dental implants actually stimulate bone growth. Without deterioration, there is no need to worry about the integrity of the jawbone staying intact, so you can maintain a youthful appearance. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone.
Comfort and Functionality
Dental implants far outperform dentures in terms of comfort and function. New dentures often feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. They can tend to feel loose as your cheek and tongue become trained to keep them in place, and you may worry about them slipping when you talk, eat or laugh. Irritation and soreness is also common. Removing the dentures to clean and apply adhesive paste can be an embarrassing chore.
Implants fit, feel and function like natural teeth. They allow you the freedom to dismiss any worry of feeling embarrassed about them slipping or forgetting to put them back in. They are comfortable and easily maintained. You can eat all of the foods you love and go about your day confidently with a smile.
What’s the process for getting dental implants?
First and foremost, we want to make sure that dental implants are the right choice for you. That is why at ProHEALTH Dental we offer a free consultation where together we create an individualized treatment plan catering to your needs. We will outline costs prior to beginning work together so that all expenses are clear and within your budget.
If you decide implants are the right choice for you, we’ll move forward with a pre-surgical dental exam with one of our prosthodontists. We will take dental x-rays at this exam,as well as have models created of your teeth and mouth as reference for the upcoming procedure.
At ProHEALTH Dental, dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or sedation, based upon preference. First, if there is a damaged tooth to be removed, it is extracted. The jawbone is then prepped for surgery and our experienced surgeons make a small incision into the gum and places a small hole in the bone where the implant is placed. An abutment, or post, is then connected to the implant and a temporary, artificial tooth is placed. The surgical site is then stitched with dissolvable stitches. You’ll have this temporary tooth for a short period of time until the permanent tooth is ready.
Recovering After Surgery
During recovery, it is not uncommon to experience typical discomfort associated with dental surgery. This can include pain at the implant site, minor bleeding, bruising of the gums and some possible swelling of the gums or face.
Follow-Up & Recovery
After the procedure, you’ll come back in for a quick checkup in a few days. A soft food diet is recommended for several weeks and caffeine and tobacco products should be avoided. The last and final step is to receive your new, permanent teeth. The temporary set is removed when the implant site is finished healing and the implants have completely stabilized. They are replaced with your new teeth, leaving you with a gorgeous, lasting smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt to get implants?
At ProHEALTH Dental we make you as comfortable as possible during your procedure. With the exception of the possibility of minor discomfort or bruising, many of our patients are pleasantly surprised that they experience far less pain than anticipated. Many patients return to work and normal activities the day after surgery and are pleased with the process.
How much are dental implants?
Cost varies according to each patient’s personalized treatment plan. The treatment plan is provided during your consultation and will include the total cost. We also have a number of financing options available to help you with the expense.
What if I have bad teeth?
This is often why implants are a provided as a solution. Dental implants provide the support and structural foundation needed to place a new tooth or teeth. The new teeth are crafted by our dental lab out of the industry’s top materials and we make sure your new smile is exactly what you’re looking for.
Will my smile look fake?
Our surgical team and our cosmetic team work hand in hand to make sure your new teeth match your existing teeth. This is one of the benefits that sets ProHEALTH Dental apart. Your entire implant procedure from placement to restoration of your new smile is handled at our amazing implant center in Lake Success.