Dental Implants – Dentist Bay Shore NY
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth. They are able to restore full functioning capability to your mouth through the use of titanium posts that become part of your jawbone. Implants will dramatically enhance the overall aesthetics of your smile by offering natural-looking “teeth” which are fastened to these posts to take the place of missing or damaged teeth.
Dental implants are also critical to oral health. Someone who is missing teeth is much more prone to bone loss and gum recession. Dental implants battle these problems by protecting the delicate facial structure that can be affected by injury, illness or tooth loss due to age or cavities.
The Mini Dental Implants offered by Dental Health are ideal for stabilizing lower dentures, especially for people who are missing back teeth. Those who wear dentures for their back teeth often face many difficulties. By using tight-fitting Mini Dental Implants, patients with dentures are able to talk, laugh and eat more freely and with more peace of mind, knowing their dentures are securely fastened into the dental implant and will not slip free.
The team at Dental Health is proud to offer patients multiple restoration options. We are happy to guide you through the whole dental implant process. From diagnosis through restoration, we can treat all of your important dental needs in one convenient location.
Is a Dental Implant a Good Option for Replacing a Missing Tooth?
Dental implants help restore full function to your mouth while also enhancing the overall aesthetics of your smile, making them an ideal long-term solution for missing teeth. Using long-lasting titanium posts that become part of your jawbone, natural-looking teeth will be fastened to the outer area of the implants. Though the entire dental implants procedure generally takes months, it rarely disrupts the everyday life of the patient.
What is Involved in the Dental Implant Procedure?
If you are in need of dental implants, 3D imaging enables Dr. to accurately locate an ideal position for the implant. Our office is equipped with Cone beam 3D dental imaging. This state-of-the-art imaging permits the most precise planning possible, allowing for incredibly accurate diagnosis and surgery.
Instead of using traditional x-rays, we will take a 3D x-ray of your jaw. This x-ray is often taken during the first visit and only takes a few seconds.
For many patients, two surgical procedures are involved when placing dental implants. First, the posts that will support the final dental implants will be placed within your jawbone. During the first three to six months after the surgery has taken place, dental implants sit beneath the gum’s surface, gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you should be able to eat a soft diet while wearing temporary dentures. Also during this time, Dr. Eugene , your restorative dentist, designs the final denture or bridgework that will improve both the aesthetics and function of your smile with dental implants.
Once the implant has fully bonded to the jawbone, Dr. will begin the second phase. First, the implants will be uncovered and a small healing collar will be attached. Two weeks after this takes place, your cosmetic dentist is able to begin making your new teeth. An impression will be taken, followed by posts or attachments being connected to the implants. The tooth replacements will then be placed over these posts or attachments. The full procedure usually takes between six to eight months, although some procedures take less time.
Dentures, crowns and bridges are all considered restorations. A restoration is the replacement of tooth structure that is missing and supported by dental implants. Dental implants are beneath the gum, while restoration is replacing the actual tooth.
There are a wide variety of restorative implants that serve different purposes. A crown is a restoration that is used when replacing a single missing tooth. A fixed bridge is a partial restoration that is able to replace two or more teeth and could only require two or three implants. A fixed bridge is also a complete dental restoration that is used to replace all the teeth found in your lower or upper jaw. The type of complete restoration–fixed or removable–that our doctors recommend will determine the number of implants required. An over denture, or removable restoration, attaches to a ball or bar in socket attachments, as opposed to a fixed prosthesis which is permanent and can only be removed by a professional.
Our team at Dental Health is happy to offer our patients multiple restoration options and will be there to guide you through the entire implant process. We are proud to be able to treat all of your dental needs, from diagnosis to restoration, in one location.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Dental work requires expertise and is time-consuming, which means it can also be expensive. Dental implant costs can also vary, depending on the material used and the amount of work necessary to create the implant. However, Dental Health is pleased to offer several payment options to our patients.
By utilizing dental financing, patients are able to obtain dental treatments that they may not otherwise consider due to the high cost of dental work placing a heavy financial burden on their budgets. The Dental Health team recognizes the importance of your dental health and we will work with you when planning dental treatments.
We offer several options, including in-house dental financing. Dental Health is happy to offer patients who require extensive dental treatments our in-house dental financing. Whether we are placing several porcelain veneers or using dental implants to replace missing teeth, our in-house dental financing is tailored with you in mind to help meet your specific requirements.
Patients can also use their own dental insurance plans to cover a portion of costs associated with some dental procedures. Due to the large variety of dental insurance plans available, we respectfully ask that you bring any information you have regarding your plan with you. If you have a welcome package or any other information from your insurance provider, we ask that you please bring that to your appointment. If you need help understanding your insurance plan, we are here for you. We will also work with you to help maximize your plan each year. Please note that not all dental procedures are covered by dental insurance plans, especially when cosmetic in nature. Please directly contact your dental insurance provider if you have extensive questions regarding your specific dental plan. Unfortunately, we cannot speak with your dental insurance provider due to privacy laws.
There are also many dental financing companies who market a wide range of dental financing products and packages. Care-Credit, a third-party financing company, offers financing for many dental-related treatments. Though we are unable to guarantee your approval, many of the patients here at Dental Health have utilized Care-Credit to help cover the costs of their dental treatments.
To learn more about dental financing, contact Dental Health directly.
The cost of dentistry should not influence you when you are deciding whether or not to obtain dental treatments that can improve your overall health and well-being. Both Dr. and Dr. Brenner are here to help you acquire your dream smile.
If you have any questions regarding our in-house dental financing options or third party dental financing, please do not hesitate to contact our office today and speak with someone on our dental administration team.
As a courtesy to our patients we accept the following payment methods:
• American Express
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