Dental Implants: Understanding Your OptionsFeb. 21 2013
Did you know: “Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.” A statement that comes directly from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the AAOMS goes on to explain that “… by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.”
Clearly, tooth loss is something that can ultimately affect any one of us. Taking its toll on patients’ confidence and self-esteem, those with missing teeth need to understand all their restoration options. In an attempt to help patients make an informed decision, we wanted to take a moment to explain one of the most important modern advances in restorative dentistry: dental implants.
Here is our list of Today’s Top 5 Questions About Dental Implants:
- How do dental implants work? A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth root, the part of the tooth that lies under the gum. Resembling a small screw, implants fuse directly with the jaw bone and serve as a sturdy foundation for one of several types of implant restorations – a single crown, a dental bridge or a partial or complete denture.
- What does a dental implant procedure entail?Placing dental implants requires a series of office visits, generally spanning three to six months. The implant surgery, itself, is an outpatient procedure, performed under local or general anesthesia. Once the implant has completely fused with the jaw bone, it receives a small post and can then be restored with a crown, bridge or other prosthesis.
- What are some advantages of dental implants? When a tooth is lost, replacing it with a dental implant is often the healthiest option. Widely considered today’s most successful restoration option, dental implants result in remarkably natural-looking results, better bone preservation and less insult to surrounding teeth.
- How long do dental implants last? Dental implants are regarded as today’s most permanent restoration solution. While each patient is unique, dental implants can often last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
- Are dental implants a good option for me? The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implant surgery is to schedule a consultation with a qualified implantologist in your area. Patients in the Long Island area are encouraged to contact our offices at 631-423-6767.
Dental Implants on Long Island
To learn more about dental implants or any of the services we offer, contact us today. Our offices are located in Melville, and you can reach us directly at 631-423-6767. We look forward to meeting you.
Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.