Have you lost several teeth or even an entire set of upper or lower teeth? If so, you could be an ideal candidate for dental implants. At Port Washington Dental Care in Merrick, NY, we look to implant dentistry as the ideal restorative treatment, and encourage patients with missing teeth (or at risk for the loss of teeth) to find out if they are a candidate for dental implants.
As your dentist in Merrick, we understand the importance of protecting, preserving and restoring overall oral health and function. Though millions of people have long relied on options such as dentures or bridges, a patient with similar needs is likely a good candidate for dental implants too. In fact, these are a superior solution because they prevent bone loss and gum shrinkage while giving you fully functional teeth.
To qualify as a strong candidate, you should be in good overall health, have solid and stable enough bone to support the implant, and be prepared for the (sometimes) lengthier process required for implants.
Even if you do not meet all of these requirements, you may still be a candidate for dental implants because there are treatments that can strengthen the bone and stabilize your oral health enough to accept the implant. The length of your treatment will vary based on the complexity of your particular situation and your overall health.
It requires the surgical implantation of the post, which replaces the roots of the natural tooth. This bonds to the jaw and gum, and when healing is done (usually within six months of the initial procedure), we can top the post with a brand new dental crown. This will look identical to the original tooth and match the surrounding teeth. It will function precisely as the original tooth, preventing your remaining natural teeth from moving, misaligning and suffering any damage or decay.
Keep in mind that dental implants are used to replace a single tooth, to serve as anchors for implant supported bridges and dentures, and as part of cosmetic and restorative treatment plans. If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for dental implants, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Merrick, NY office at 516-378-1725. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. You can learn more by reading about the benefits of dental implants or an overview of the procedure.