Dental Implants in Massapequa, NY
Dr. Jay Lubliner proudly offers a variety of dental implant solutions in Massapequa.
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Below, we’ve provided information about the different types of dental implant treatments we offer.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered the gold standard to replace one, many, or even all of the teeth in the mouth. Biocompatible titanium implants are anchored to the jawbone, replacing tooth roots, and are attached with abutments to highly realistic replacement teeth. This creates a strong, durable, aesthetic, and highly functional solution for missing or failing teeth.
Implant Supported Bridge
Where three or more adjacent teeth are missing, an implant supported bridge can help. A dental implant at each end supports the bridge without harming the adjacent healthy teeth. An implant supported bridge is a functional and natural looking alternative to a traditional bridge or partial denture.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch. “Snap on” dentures are removable, but lock into place on two or more implants for added strength and stability. Fixed implant supported dentures use several implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth. They are permanently attached, and closely resemble natural teeth in both form and function.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How long does it take dental implants to heal?
The soft tissue where we make the incisions to place your dental implants usually take about two weeks to heal, but underneath the surface, another healing process is taking place: osseointegration. This is the process in which your dental implants and bone fuse together to create a stable base of support for your restoration. The osseointegration process can take up to six months.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
Getting dental implants is not painful at all. Before your surgery, we use local anesthetic injections to numb the area where we will be working, which means you won’t feel any pain at all during the procedure. In the hours after the surgery, as the local anesthesia wears off, you will feel some tenderness at the surgical site, but this is usually mild and can be alleviated with cold compresses, over-the-counter pain medications, and a diet of soft foods.
What happens if you don’t have enough bone for dental implants?
If your teeth have been missing for some time, it’s not uncommon to have some amount of bone loss in the jaw, but this doesn’t mean you’re not a candidate for dental implants. There are some types of dental implants that require less jawbone support; if this isn’t an option for you, bone grafting and/or a sinus lift can augment the jawbone so it can provide the support you need for your dental implant restoration.
Do dental implants require maintenance?
Yes, dental implants require maintenance, but not much more than your natural teeth. Brush for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day; visit your dentist every six months for exams and dental cleanings. Depending on the type of dental implant restoration you have, you may also need to clean food from around and under the restoration, but this shouldn’t add much time to your oral hygiene routine.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for the roots of missing teeth—they are meant to last a lifetime. The restorations that attach to your dental implants typically last a decade or more, depending on the type and material it’s made from, so they may need to be replaced eventually.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
It’s becoming more common for dental insurance companies to pay for at least some of the costs involved in dental implants. In certain circumstances, your medical insurance may also cover some of your implant costs. Contact your insurance providers to understand your benefits; our billing coordinator can also help explain your insurance plans and provide you with an estimate of what you will need to pay out of pocket for your dental implants.
Dr. Lubliner will help you decide which solution is right for you.
Call 516-798-0223 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
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