Dental Implant FAQS

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth (View Example). They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in our office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

side view of dental implant in a mouth

You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants (View Examples). You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.

Are dental implants expensive?

At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. However, many dentists argue that they are the longest lasting cosmetic procedure, and if they are properly maintained, should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.

How do you care for dental implants?

When caring for your dental implants, they should be treated just like your other teeth. They will require exactly the same care, which includes daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.

Can my body reject a dental implant?

Dental implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%. With that being said, dental implants can't be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

An easy way to determine this is to schedule an initial consultation during which we will conduct a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. You are just one call away from beginning the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite, don't delay.

For more information on Dental Implants in the Bayside or Bellmore, NY area call Silverman & Associates Today! The Bellmore office phone number is (516) 781-9700 and the Bayside office number is (718) 225-0515. Schedule your appointment today!