Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Quality Periodontics on Staten Island, NY
Dental Implant Dentist Staten Island
Teeth that look and feel just like your own!
What are dental implants and what can they do for me?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Advantages of dental implants over dentures or bridges
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplace dentures and messy pastes and glues.
The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered and excellent option for tooth replacement.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your dental implant team. Not only do periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals, they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have that look and feel just like your own.
Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your dreams come true.
What is treatment like?
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and they type of implant chosen, your periodontist with create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
It will be important for you to work as a team with your periodontist and dentist to reach your treatment goals.
What can I expect after treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visit. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
After treatment, your periodontist will work closely with you and your dentist to develop the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Caring for your implants
Caring for your implants effectively is important to avoid inflammation (peri-implantitis):
- Taking care of your teeth and gums at home, using a sonic-type electric toothbrush and a water pik.
- Have your teeth cleaned regularly.
- Have regular checkups with your dentist.
- If you notice anything unusual in or around the site of your dental implant, contact your dentist right away.
Dental Implants are overwhelmingly successful when placed and restored by experienced dentists and the periodontists. When well-cared for, dental implants typically function well for years. However, complications with implants can arise for a variety of reasons.
Having trouble with your implants? Find out about our LAPIP protocol for healing old implants that may be at-risk due to lack of effective cleaning, aging, medications, medical conditions, insufficient bone to support the implant over time.
Are you ready to venture beyond conventional dentures and bridges?
Jot down your questions about dental implants before you next visit to your periodontist. He or she can answer your questions and provide a personal evaluation.
You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.
Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces form missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own!
Source: The American Academy of Periodontology
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