Dental Implants: Unrivaled in Support and Durability
Patients suffering from tooth loss should consider the benefits offered by dental implants, a treatment that provides an incredibly stable foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted in the jaw to offer decades—if not a lifetime—of support for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Gerald Grossman has completed thousands of dental implant cases and works with a multidisciplinary team that includes two periodontists to place and restore dental implants. The doctor and his team can carry out every step of the dental implant process at his office in Westbury, NY, for patient convenience.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Patients wishing to receive dental implants should enjoy good oral and physical health. Dental conditions like periodontal disease and tooth decay should be resolved before implants are placed. Patients with systemic health problems like heart disease may be guided toward traditional restorations if implant surgery is determined to be too risky to their health.
Additionally, patients must have a sufficient amount of healthy jawbone tissue to support an implant. If teeth have been missing for an extended period of time, jawbone atrophy can occur, leaving insufficient tissue to support an implant. To improve your candidacy for dental implants, you may undergo a sinus lift or bone graft to fortify your jawbone. This preparatory procedure, and all other parts of your dental implants procedure, are performed in our office for your convenience.
The Dental Implants Procedure
Every patient’s implant treatment is customized to meet their specific needs and goals. Consequently, no two treatments are exactly the same; however, the implant procedure and timeline generally involves a consultation, placement surgery, healing period, and restoration.
At your consultation, a thorough oral evaluation will be performed and detailed images of your mouth will be taken. With this information, the most advantageous placement of the implants can be determined.
On the day of your procedure, a board-certified periodontist will surgically place the implants. This is performed by making small incisions in the gums and creating a hole in the bone. A titanium post is then inserted through the hole and into the jawbone. Incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures. This procedure is performed for traditional implants as well as All-on-4® or All-on-5® therapies, which anchor a full dental arch of four to five implants for restorations in one day.
Over the next few months, the implant post will merge with the jawbone as part of a process called osseointegration. The fusion of post and bone forms a foundation for your restoration that is simply unrivaled in durability and reliability. Once the osseointegration process is complete, approximately four to six following implant placement, you can return to our office to have your permanent restorations placed.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Implant-supported restorations provide patients with a range of functional and cosmetic advantages, including:
- Sturdy restorations that will not move or slip out of place
- A lifetime of support for your restorations
- Confidence that your teeth will not slip out of place when chewing or speaking
- An easy at-home routine that involves caring for implant-supported restorations just like you would for natural teeth
- Prevention of jawbone atrophy
- Prevention of further of tooth loss or facial structure changes, such as a weak jawline or puckered lips
When a tooth root is missing for an extended period of time, the adjacent jawbone structure will eventually deteriorate. As the bone degenerates, the cheeks may collapse inwards, the jawline can become weak, and the lips can pucker. Since implants are inserted at the jawbone, they perform the function of a tooth root and stimulate the adjacent bone structure. In doing so, implants help preserve the jaw and your facial appearance.
Dental implants boast a number of benefits, including the unique advantage of preventing jawbone deterioration and preserving facial structure.
Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation
Dr. Grossman treats every patient with the same care he would provide for his own family. Find out how his exceptional service and years of experience can transform the function and aesthetics of your smile. Call our office at (516) 683-0888, or contact us online to schedule a dental implants consultation.