Dental Implants Specialist

Mineola Smiles

Cosmetic & Family Dentist located in Mineola, NY

No other missing teeth treatment is as durable or long-lasting as dental implants. At Mineola Smiles in Mineola, New York, Andrew Sackser, DDS, offers dental implant restoration to rebuild your smile. Dental implants take the place of natural tooth roots and hold your replacement teeth in place. Unlike other ways to restore missing teeth, implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. Call Mineola Smiles today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that replace your natural tooth roots. When you lose a permanent tooth, your tooth-supporting bone no longer has anything to hold in place. The bone in your jaw eventually resorbs into your body, leading to several problems, including further tooth loss and sunken facial features.

Implants are titanium posts that an oral surgeon places into your jaw in the empty space left by your missing tooth. They hold your replacement teeth in place, just like your roots once held your natural tooth. They also prevent the resorption of bone in your jaw.

Why should I choose dental implants?

When compared to other replacement choices, like bridges and removable dentures, dental implants offer many advantages, including:

Aesthetics

Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth because they bond to your jaw. They prevent the shifting that removable dentures can cause, and they look more natural than bridges alone.

Oral hygiene

Unlike dentures, which need regular rinsing and cleaning, dental implants require no special care. You brush and floss your replacement teeth like you do your natural teeth to prevent decay.

Comfort

Any changes to your gums and jaw can distort the way your dentures fit. As a result, they can shift and slide on your gums. Without the right care, poor-fitting dentures often lead to sores and gum pain. Dental implants, on the other hand, hold your replacement teeth in place, so they can’t shift.

Better speech and chewing

Bridges and removable dentures are more likely to cause speech problems and chewing pain than are dental implants.

Durability

Dental bridges last 5-15 years, while dentures usually need to be replaced after just 5-7 years. In most cases, dental implants can last 25 years or more.

How are dental implants placed?

The planning and placement of dental implants take several months. An oral surgeon typically places your implants after weeks of planning. If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support implants, you’ll need a bone graft before getting implants.

Healing from dental implant surgery usually takes 6-12 weeks. Once you’ve fully recovered, Dr. Sackser takes impressions of your mouth to create your replacement teeth. At your final visit, he connects them to your implants.

What are my restoration options for dental implants?

Dr. Sackser offers several restoration options for single tooth replacements and multiple tooth replacements. Some of the choices he could recommend after examining your teeth include:

  • Single porcelain crown
  • Several porcelain crowns
  • Removable bridge
  • Partial denture
  • Full dentures

For more information on dental implants, call Mineola Smiles today or schedule an appointment online.