What Can You Expect From Your Dental Implant Procedure?

iStock_000028928360_LargeDental implants are one of the best ways to create a beautiful, long lasting smile.  This restorative dental service improves your smile appearance, blends in naturally, and restores your oral health.  If you are interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, you may want to learn more about what the implant placement process entails.  Here’s what you can expect from your dental implant procedure at Perfect Smile Maker.

Dental Implant Procedure:
  • Schedule Your Consultation - The first step in your dental implant process is scheduling a consultation at our office.  During your initial visit, Stewart Brody, DDS will evaluate, assess and discuss what will be involved in your treatment. 
  • Dental Implant Placement - Your second visit involves placing the base of the implant.  While using local anesthesia, the implant is attached to your jaw bone through a surgical procedure.  This ensures the stability and longevity of your new tooth.
  • Healing Period - It can take three to six months for the implant to fully heal.  During this time, the jaw bone heals around the implant, securing it in place.
  • Placing Your Custom Cap - After the implant is fully integrated, the implant is uncovered.  A custom crown is attached to your implant and it blends in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Dental Implants are a great tooth replacement choice for one or several missing or damaged teeth.  To learn more about the benefits of dental implants and what the procedure entails, visit our website or contact our office by calling 516-782-2215.  At Perfect Smile Maker, we can help you determine if dental implants are the right solution for your smile.  

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Should You Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implantA missing tooth is more than a cosmetic issue – it can have a serious effect on your oral health too.  Missing teeth can cause misalignment and make your mouth more prone to cavities.  Whether you experienced accidental tooth loss or you recently had a tooth extracted, it’s important to take steps to restore your smile.

While there are several restorative options available to you, dental implants are often the favored tooth replacement option.  They are custom designed to match the natural shape and shade of your smile.  Their stability also makes them a comfortable choice, requiring minimal adjustment to your oral hygiene routine.

While dental implants are a great choice for most patients, they are not for everyone.  We do not always recommend dental implants when you:

    • are a heavy smoker
    • have a weakened immune system
    • have diabetes
    • grind your teeth at night
    • your teeth are not fully mature (children)
You can read this article or visit our website for more information on whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants.  If you are a missing a tooth, call 516-482-2215 to contact Perfect Smile Maker for your dental implant consultation.  Stewart Brody, DDS will help you determine the best restorative solution for your smile.

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which is the Right Choice for your Smile?

asdfDental implants and dentures are among the most popular restorative options available to patients with missing or extracted teeth.  While they are both a great way to replace a smile gap and improve your oral health, each dental service has its own unique benefits.  Here are a few of the main differences between dental implant procedures and denture procedures.

Implants vs. Dentures:

  • Placement Process
    • Dental Implants – Dental implants are unique in that they are attached directly to your jawbone.  This provides stability that many other restoratives don’t have.
    • Dentures – During your first appointment, an impression is taken of your jaw and tooth structure.  A mold is then created and a final cast is custom designed for your smile.
  • Recovery Time
    • Dental Implants – The jaw bone needs to heal around the implant after placement.  This process, known as osseo-integration, may take anywhere from 3-6 months to complete.
    • Dentures – Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction and are adjusted periodically as your gums heal.  Conventional dentures are placed after your gums have healed, approximately six to eight weeks after extraction.
  • Longevity
    • Dental Implants – Dental implants are a more expensive option.  However, they are designed to last a lifetime.
    • Dentures – This restorative is often more affordable.  Since they are removable, they may be lost or need adjustments over time.
  • Appearance
    • Dental Implants – Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth.  However, each implant stands alone.  Implants are designed to look and feel just like a natural tooth.
    • Dentures – Dentures are custom designed for your smile, but they are removable.

To learn more about dental implants, dentures, and the restorative services available at Perfect Smile Maker, call 516-482-2215 or visit us on the web.

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How To Care for Your Dental Implants

asdfDental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing or damaged teeth.  With good care, your new dental implant is designed to last a lifetime.   Here are a few tips to help keep your dental implant healthy following your procedure.

Implant Care Tips:

  • Mouthwash – Immediately following your implant procedure, we recommend that you use Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.  This helps reduce the risk of post-operative infection.
  • Diet – After your procedure, you want to be careful with your implant.  The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup.
  • Brushing – Until your permanent crown is implanted, you will need to care for your abutment with a small toothbrush.
  • Bi-Annual Visits – You should always schedule dental checkups twice a year to make sure that your smile is healthy.

After your dental implant has fully healed, you will be able to treat it just like any of your other natural teeth.  With regular brushing, flossing, and biannual dental exams and cleanings, your smile will be healthy and your dental implant will be long-lasting.

Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.  You can also call 516-482-2215 and schedule an appointment to visit Stewart Brody, DDS to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

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