In years past, if you were missing teeth, your replacement options were limited. Since the advent of dental implants, replacement options have become much more stable, predictable, and long-lasting. In fact, implants are widely considered the most superior teeth replacement option currently available. At National Dental Sunnyside, our doctors can place and restore dental implants in Astoria, providing our patients with comprehensive care in a single location.
All about Dental Implants
Crafted from surgical-grade titanium, dental implants are small, threaded posts that are fabricated in a variety of diameters and lengths. During a short oral surgery procedure, they are strategically placed within the jawbone. One thing that sets dental implants apart from conventional teeth replacement options is that while crowns, bridges, and dentures replace the crowns of the teeth, implants replace the roots. This is significant because natural teeth roots stimulate the nerves within the jawbone, keeping the bone tissue strong and healthy. Once the roots are gone, the bone begins to shrink. When dental implants are placed, they stimulate bone preservation once again. Therefore, dental implants are an asset to your overall oral health.
Teeth Replacement Options with Dental Implants
At National Dental Sunnyside, we can use dental implants for a variety of teeth replacement needs due to their incredible versatility. Below, we will explore the options briefly.
- Single tooth: Traditionally, a dental bridge was necessary to replace a single missing tooth. While effective, it required the removal of natural tooth structure so that the adjacent teeth could serve as anchors for the restoration. A dental implant is a one-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem. Therefore, healthy tooth structure can be left intact.
- Multiple teeth: If you have sections of missing teeth, implant-supported bridges can be used to complete your smile. These permanent restorations are similar to their traditional counterparts. However, they are connected to dental implants rather than the natural teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures: Patients who wear traditional dentures often face challenges when it comes to stability. These conventional prostheses tend to shift or slip when chewing, eating, or speaking. However, we can use dental implants to secure your dentures. While they will still be removable for easy cleaning, they will “snap on” to dental implants rather than simply resting on the gums. Therefore, you can eat your favorite foods in total confidence.
- Fixed full-arch solutions: Some patients prefer a permanent – or fixed – teeth replacement option. With treatment solutions like Four Ever Smile™ and the All-on-4® concept, we can connect a full set of teeth to as little as four dental implants per arch. This option provides remarkable stability and the freedom to live your life without worrying about removable prostheses.
Dental Implant Treatment and Same Day Teeth
Every dental implant consists of three units: the implant, the abutment (connector), and the restoration that goes on top. Traditionally, several months of healing were required after implant placement before the abutment and restoration could be added. Due to the advanced digital technology utilized at National Dental Sunnyside, we can often place the implant and the final restoration in a single appointment. This means that, while we will still see you for occasional check-ups, you can enjoy your brand-new smile right away.
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Missing teeth can interfere with daily routines and compromise your quality of life. To restore your smile and your oral health, consider making an appointment at National Dental Sunnyside. You can contact us online or call our office at (718) 925-3365.