At National Dental Williston Park, we take pride in delivering comprehensive treatments under one roof. While many dentists must refer out for dental implant placement, we have oral surgeons and periodontists onsite so that you can have all of your treatment performed at our office, oftentimes in a single appointment. If you have been considering dental implants in New Hyde Park, we invite you to visit our practice.
How Do Implants Work?
Dental implants have quickly become the mainstay treatment option for replacing teeth. But what makes them so effective? Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as an anchor for your restoration. Because they mimic the micro-movements of natural teeth roots, they stimulate the nerves in the bone to preserve density and volume. Therefore, choosing dental implants actively protects your oral health for long-term benefits.
Am I a Candidate?
In order to be eligible for dental implant treatment, patients must be in good oral and overall health, and should not have any health-related condition that could impede the success of treatment. If gum disease or decay is present, these issues will be addressed first before the implants are placed. Additionally, qualifying patients will have sufficient jawbone structure, as implants must be completely surrounded by dense, healthy bone tissue. Individuals who are lacking in bone density can undergo a bone grafting procedure to improve their eligibility for implants.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
The implant itself is a threaded post that is crafted from surgical-grade titanium, which is a tissue-friendly, biocompatible material. Once it is placed into the jaw, the bone tissue will fuse to the implant over time, in a process known as osseointegration. (Traditionally, implants required a few months of healing after placement. However, advanced techniques at National Dental allow us to accelerate treatment in most cases, which we will discuss in more detail in the next section.) In order to be fully functional, an implant must also have two additional components: an abutment and the custom restoration. The abutment is a tiny post that is connected to the implant itself. Once placed, it extends just beyond the gum line so that your restoration can be attached. Depending on the case, the restoration may be bonded with a dental cement or connected via screw-retention.
Implant Treatment at National Dental
Just a decade or two ago, implant treatment was rather extensive. Often requiring at least two surgical procedures and several months of healing, it could take over a year for some patients to receive their final restoration. At National Dental Williston Park, our digital diagnostic technology allows your doctor to plan your entire treatment before you even arrive for your surgery. With that kind of predictability, it is possible to place the implant, the abutment, and the restoration all in a single visit. While patients will still need to visit us for follow-up appointments, they will typically not require any more procedures.
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Dental implant treatment is easier today than ever before. To find out how implants can improve your quality of life, schedule a visit with us. Call us at (516) 686-9780 or contact us online anytime.