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By Silverman & Associates
February 17, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

There are good reasons, for both health and appearance, to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or similar restoration as soon as is practical. The bone around a tooth socket diminishes the longer it remains empty, up to 25% the first year. And, of course, your smile is less attractive, especially with a highly visible tooth.

If it’s your teenager, though, you may need to wait on a permanent restoration because their jaws are still developing. An implant placed before completion of jaw development could eventually appear out of alignment with neighboring teeth.

Our biggest concern is protecting bone health at the site of the missing tooth. We can do this and encourage growth by placing bone grafts (processed minerals from another donor) that serve as scaffolds on which surrounding bone can grow. Grafts usually dissolve (resorb) over time, but the rate of resorption can be slowed for a younger patient in need of long-term bone growth.

Planned orthodontic treatment can usually go on as scheduled. The orthodontist may accommodate the tooth loss by adding a temporary tooth within the braces or other device that matches the color and shape of the patient’s natural teeth. The orthodontist will also take care to maintain the empty space for a future implant or other restoration.

A dental implant is considered the best option for a missing tooth, not only for its life-like appearance and durability, but also its ability to encourage bone maintenance. Timing, though, is essential for teenagers. As it grows, the upper jaw will tend to move forward and down. Natural teeth move with this growth; implants, though, are attached differently and won’t move with the jawbone. While the other teeth around them move, the implants can appear to shrink back resulting in an unattractive smile appearance. So waiting until the jaw has finished growing is important.

For most people, jaw growth finishes by age twenty-one for men, women usually faster, but each person is different. The dentist’s expertise and experience, coupled with comparisons of adult family members’ facial appearances, will help determine the right time to undertake a permanent restoration for the best outcome both for health and a permanent, attractive smile.

If you would like more information on treating teenagers with missing teeth, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”

Are you thinking of getting dental implants?

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The restorative procedure helps rejuvenate and strengthen your smile. If you're interested, your family dentist at Bellmore and Bayside, NY, provides dental implants.

Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants consist of several parts a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown matching the rest of your teeth to complete your smile.

The procedure is straightforward.

  1. The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
  2. After inserting the titanium post, the family dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
  3. After healing is complete, your Bellmore and Bayside dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Caring for Dental Implants

To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.

There are several advantages to dental implants like restoring bite and chewing function, and replacing one, or multiple teeth.

Are you missing teeth? If you're interested in finding out more about dental implants, call your family dentist at (718) 225-0515 for the Bayside, NY, office or (516) 781-9700 for the Bellmore, NY, office to learn more!

By Silverman and Associates
September 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have gaps in your smile, chances are you have thought about closing them and restoring your teeth to what they once were. Withdental implants dental implants, you can do just that. But how do dental implants work and how can your dentist help? Learn more about dental implants and their numerous benefits with your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY.

How can dental implants help me? 
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help you fill in your gaps. Dental implants replace a single tooth using one implant in the area of the tooth’s socket, then attaching a prosthetic tooth to the implant itself. Several missing teeth in a row may benefit from a dental bridge held in place by an implant on either end. Implants can also replace all the teeth on an arch by holding an implant-supported denture in place.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? 
Before you consider dental implants, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, a process where the bone under the gums lacks stimulation and begins to break down. In order to successfully support an implant, your jawbone should have minimal atrophy. Patients who have significant bone atrophy may require bone grafting treatments prior to receiving a dental implant. Additionally, you should have a strong at-home oral care routine to ensure that your implant and natural teeth remain free from teeth decay and gum disease.

What can I expect during the implant process? 
The procedure to complete a dental implant takes place in two phases. The first phase will involve meeting with your dentist to prepare your mouth, taking an impression of your existing teeth, and the surgical procedure to place the implant. The implant will heal and integrate into the bone over the course of several months. After the healing period, your dentist will reopen the gum tissue over the implant and permanently place a prosthetic tooth to fill in your gap.

Dental Implants in Bayside, NY, and Bellmore, NY
Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care. For more information on dental implants, please contact Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry with locations in Bayside and Bellmore, NY. Call (718) 225-0515 to schedule your appointment at the Bayside office or (516) 781-9700 to schedule your appointment at the Bellmore office today!

By Silverman and Associates
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from Bayside and Bellmore, New York, can complete your smiledental implants

It can be difficult to put up with gaps in your smile. An incomplete smile can impact your self-esteem and self-confidence, making you not want to smile at all. An incomplete smile can also impact your ability to eat the foods you love, causing digestive problems, which can affect your overall health.

Don’t let gaps control your smile! Your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry want to introduce you to dental implants, the high-tech way to achieve a great smile. They have offices in Bayside and Bellmore, New York, to help you with your dental needs.

Dental implants are a revolutionary solution to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants can also support a denture, which is snapped in place over the implants. Dental implants are unique because they are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your bone will fuse to.

The implant is placed in your jaw during a simple in-office procedure. During the healing period, bone will fuse with the implant, securing it firmly in place. Once your implant is secure, a beautiful implant crown is placed over the implant, and you have a new tooth!

If you need to replace lost teeth, you should choose dental implants because they are:

  • Stable; they are secured by bone and won’t move around like partials or dentures.
  • Beautiful; they look just like your natural teeth.
  • Worry-free; they won’t ever decay and they resist stains.
  • Healthy; you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
  • Convenient; you never take them out, unlike partials and dentures.

Another great benefit of dental implants is they help retain the bone structure in your jaws and face. Your strong facial contours and firm jawline are what keep you looking young. In contrast, dentures press on the bone in your jaw, causing the bone to diminish over time. Dental implants can help keep you looking younger!

Don’t let gaps control your smile! Take control of your smile by calling your dentists at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry, with offices in Bayside and Bellmore, New York. Find out what dental implants can do for your smile and your life by calling today!

By Silverman and Associates
September 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants are one of the most exciting advancements in dental technology. Thanks to implants, it's possible to replace an entire dental implantstooth, from the roots to the crown. Your Bayside, NY, dentists at Silverman & Associates, University Dental Family Dentistry share some of the science behind dental implants.

A happy accident

Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Branemark was conducting an experiment on blood flow characteristics when he discovered that titanium fuses to bones. As part of the experiment, he injected titanium, a lightweight metal, into the bones of rabbits. Removing the titanium at the end of the research project proved to be very difficult, as the titanium had bonded to the rabbits' bones.

Dr. Branemark realized that titanium was the perfect material for implants that would replace the roots of missing teeth. Although he first tested his new technology on a patient in the 1960s, implants weren't recognized as a viable way to replace missing teeth until the 1980s.

How implants can help you

When you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath the missing tooth begins to weaken and recede. Eventually, bone loss can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging. The problem occurs because your tooth roots constantly stimulate your jawbone and keep it strong. Once a tooth is lost, the bone no longer receives the necessary stimulation and begins to weaken.

Since dental implants replace the roots of your teeth, they continue to stimulate the bone, preventing bone loss. Implants also offer several other benefits, including:

  • Comfort: Poorly fitting bridges or dentures can irritate your sensitive gum tissue, causing pain every time you take a bite. Because the crown that sits on top of your implant is securely attached to the implant, both pieces act as one unit and function like a natural tooth. In fact, your new implant will feel very much like a natural tooth.
  • Improved Ability to Bite and Chew: It's hard to chew when you are missing one or more teeth. Some people find chewing so difficult that they resort to swallowing food whole, which can lead to stomach upset. Implants restore your ability to bite and chew normally.
  • Easy Care: Brushing and flossing is all that's needed to keep your implants in good condition. Flossing is especially important, as failure to keep the space around the bottom of your crown clean can lead to an infection that can loosen your implant.

Interested in learning more about dental implants? Call your Bayside, NY, dentists at Silverman & Associates, University Dental Family Dentistry at (718) 225-0515 to schedule an appointment.