Dental Implants – Tappan, NY
Tooth Replacement That Lasts for a Lifetime
For decades, patients with missing teeth were only able to get restorations that replaced the part that could be seen. While these helped with aesthetics, they were inherently less stable than natural dental structure and usually wore down quickly. Thankfully, dental implants have provided a solution for both of these issues. They bring back an entire tooth both above and below the gum line, making them extremely durable and secure within the mouth. At Smile More Dentistry, we’ve already used implants to help countless patients reclaim their bite and confidence at the same time, and we’re ready to do the exact same for you. To learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment, contact us today.
Why Choose Smile More Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- All-Inclusive Care: Everything You Need Under 1 Roof
- Premier Craftsmanship: Results That Look Great & Will Truly Last
- Personalized: Treatment Plans Specially-Designed for Each Patient
Start to Finish Convenience
At Smile More Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being able to offer absolutely everything a patient needs when it comes to their dental care, and that includes the entire dental implant procedure. Unlike other offices that will force you to visit an outside specialist, we’re able to provide both the surgical placement of the new roots as well as attach the restorations right here in our Tappan location. This one-stop approach is not only more convenient, but faster as well, helping patients recover their smiles while spending less time and money running between different practices.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several unique advantages compared to traditional treatments, which is why they are the first recommendation we make to every patient with missing teeth:
- Dental implants are the only treatment that replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. A small titanium post is positioned within the jawbone similar to a tooth root, and this provides support for a new crown, bridge or denture.
- Thanks to this foundation, patients never have to worry about their teeth slipping or breaking.
- Our implants are always topped with custom-made porcelain restorations, enabling them to look like a natural part of the smile and fully blend in.
- Implants are also able to prevent and even reverse the jawbone loss that is common after tooth loss—no other treatment can do this!
- Taking care of implants is simple-- all a patient has to do is brush and floss like normal to keep their restorations looking and functioning like new.
- With the proper care, implants have been shown to last for decades on end, and in many cases, for the rest of a patient’s life.
Indications for Dental Implants
Are dental implants right for you? Ideally, candidates need at least three things: good dental health, stable overall health, and enough jawbone to hold the new roots. We can help patients who are lacking any of these, and once they are approved for the treatment, we can use the following restorations to renew their smile:
Missing One Tooth
We can secure an all-porcelain crown to a dental implant root and place it between two healthy teeth without disturbing them at all. This is much more conservative versus a regular bridge, in which the surrounding dental structure has to be filed down in order to hold the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Whether you are missing teeth throughout your mouth or right next to each other, implants can also be used to hold a variety of prosthetics in place. Implant bridges and partial dentures not only have a much stronger hold compared to regular ones, but they have also been shown to function better and last longer as well.
Missing All of Your Teeth
A full denture can be secured to the jawbone using just four to six strategically-placed implants. Implant-retained dentures are much smaller and leave more room in the mouth than traditional ones, meaning they are more comfortable, plus they restore more of a patient’s original bite strength as well.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Our dental implant treatment plans are personally designed for each patient based on their unique needs, so there is no one fixed price for the treatment. Everything from the number of implants needed to the type of restoration used can affect the cost. Before you begin treatment, our team will go over all pricing information with you so you’ll know exactly what to expect at each step of the process.
While it’s true that dental implants tend to be more expensive upfront compared to other options, they actually help patients save money over time thanks to their longevity. Regular bridges and dentures typically need to be completely redone every five to seven years, compounding their lower initial cost, while implants can easily last for 30 or more. In the end, implant patients typically end up spending thousands less on maintaining their new teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
The path for receiving dental implants in Tappan is a lengthy one, but it’s important that you not rush it. You want to make sure it’s done correctly and most importantly, safely, which is why our team of professionals want you to feel comfortable and confident about the entire dental implant placement process. Find out exactly how dental implants work. This will help you formulate any questions you might have regarding the various steps and stages we will take together.Learn More About How Dental Implants Work
Advanced Dental Implant Procedure
If you’ve been told you don’t qualify for dental implants in Tappan, don’t’ worry! Our team of dentists can work to give you the confidence you need and smile you deserve by using advanced dental implant procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift. Both of these will work to increase your bone density and make it possible to receive dental implants once you’ve healed from your surgery.Learn More About Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
Dental Implant FAQs
Think you know everything there is to know about dental implants in Tappan? At Smile More Dentistry, we want you to be sure you are confident in your decision to pursue this type of tooth replacement treatment, so we’ve compiled some of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants. From what they’re made of to how long they last, we encourage you to review these questions and bring any additional ones to your initial consultation. To schedule your appointment, contact us today!
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants include three separate parts: the implant (post), abutment, and custom-made restoration. The implant is made of titanium and is surgically placed into your jawbone. Depending on the number of teeth missing, you may have one or more implants placed along an arch. The abutment is a small metal appliance that connects the implant to the restoration. Finally, your custom restoration will serve as the visible portion of your implant, blending in with the rest of your smile.
How long do dental implants last?
Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to last decades or even a lifetime. Their surgical placement makes them a much more stable, permanent option than their other counterparts. There is no need to reline, readjust, or replace your dental implants. While there are instances when a dental implant can fail, this is extremely rare.
Do dental implants ever fail?
As we just mentioned, dental implants can, indeed, fail, but only under certain circumstances. Should an implant be improperly placed, the bite pressure can be too much on the implant, causing it to become unstable and fail. If a patient smokes or has a comprised immune system that causes their body to be weak and unable to fight off an infection or heal effectively, this can cause problems during the osseointegration process. If the implant is unable to properly fuse with the bone and surrounding tissues, your implant will fail.
Are there any food restrictions with dental implants?
Fortunately, no, there are no food restrictions. In the beginning, you may opt for softer foods until you are more comfortable with your new fixtures, but you will be free to enjoy your favorite foods while wearing dental implants. Since they’re made to look and feel just like a natural tooth, the only suggestion is that you limit hard, crunchy food. The same is recommended for individuals without dental implants because of the possibility of damaging their teeth.
Also, just because your dental implants cannot decay doesn’t mean your natural teeth surrounding it cannot. Be mindful of how much sugar you are consuming, as it can lead to harmful bacteria eating away at the enamel of your teeth and causing tooth decay and cavities.
Do dental implants hurt?
Just like any other type of surgery, there will be some discomfort after having your implants placed. This can be alleviated by taking any prescribed pain medication as instructed by your dentist in Tappan or an over-the-counter pain reliever. After you’ve thoroughly healed and your restoration is placed, you’ll be thoroughly enjoying your new smile with little to no discomfort at all.
Am I too young to get dental implants?
Most dentists will not agree to place dental implants until a patient is at least in their mid-20s. Some only require that the patient is over the age of 18; however, it’s important that a thorough examination be completed before a dentist agrees or disagrees with this type of treatment. The reason for this is that jawbone development does not typically “finish” until this time. By placing permanent prosthetics any sooner, a person can be faced with future jawbone development problems.
Will I have to take off work for dental implant surgery?
The amount of time you need to take off work depends on how many implants you are having put into place. Also, their location and any preliminary treatments you might need will be a factor in how long you’ll need to be away from work. Typically, 1-2 days is normal, but if you require multiple dental implants or an entire arch, you may want to schedule your surgery for later in the week, so you have the weekend to recover.
Can I get dental implants if I’m diabetic?
As long as you commit to managing your diabetes and keeping your blood sugar levels under control, you should experience great success with these permanent prosthetics. However, if you allow your diabetes to spiral out of control and discover your blood glucose levels are chronically high, there is a good chance osseointegration will fail, and your dental implants will not properly fuse. If you are interested in receiving these prosthetics to replace your missing teeth, make sure to talk to your endocrinologist or primary care physician about what you can do to maintain healthy blood sugar levels before receiving dental implants.
Do dental implants decay?
No, dental implants do not decay. The reason is that they are not porous like traditional tooth enamel. Instead, they’re made of high-quality materials that cannot be penetrated by bacteria or food particles. However, if you have any remaining natural teeth, they can be impacted by tooth decay and cavities, which is why you must maintain a good oral hygiene routine even while wearing dental implants. Also, brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly can help minimize your risk for gum disease, which can negatively impact your dental implants.
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